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RE: Upgrading Thermostat to Digital

It will depend on whether you have +12v available at the thermostat. I don't believe the AR7815 needs it. A digital thermostat does. If you don't have +12v available, your best choice is a battery-powered thermostat. There are dozens of residential ones to choose from. I replaced mine with the Coleman Mach RV Comfort.PHP, but I also wanted the separate gas/electric heat settings, since I also installed the electric heat kit in my AC unit. They have a model without that feature. If you're not comfortable sorting out all of the wires, I would call any HVAC repair company and have them do it. They install similar units daily. There is nothing special about RV thermostat circuitry (other than using 12v instead of 24v). Whatever you install, it will be far more stable and comfortable than the one you have.
Blacklane 08/19/21 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Wiper blades

I honestly can't believe how well Bosch Icon blades work. I have them on all of my vehicles now. I recently bought a brand-new Mazda CX-5, and discovered that the wiper blades left streaks. I replaced the new OEM blades with Bosch Icon blades and the result was exactly how blades are supposed to work. Sure, they're expensive, but do your really want to save money on visibility?
Blacklane 06/17/21 08:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Vortex II fans

A Pulse-Width Modulated (PWM) controller is an excellent way to control the speed of a DC-powered fan. They are cheap and easy to install and provide nearly infinite speed selection. But be aware: they usually draw a bit of parasitic power when in the "off" state, so you should keep the existing on/off switch. More importantly, both of the (different) ones that I bought produced a high-pitch noise when operating the Vortex fan. I did not have the noise when I connected one of the PWMs to my range hood fan, so it has something to do with the Vortex motor. I ended up just buying the 3-speed Vortex 2 fan instead. Be sure to bench test your unit before installing it if you choose to use a PWM controller.
Blacklane 02/20/21 07:12pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Adding a new 120 vac circuit and outlet

I appreciated the OP's video until he got to the part where he decided to scrap the RV outlet and use a standard outlet, then proceeded to connect wires to the terminal screws. Using screw connections in a vibration-prone environment is risky, since the screws can loosen. A better choice would be to use the spring-loaded speed connectors in the back of many devices, since those maintain positive pressure in all conditions. A lot of people think RV outlets are cheap for the RV manufacture, but in fact, they are more expensive but designed and approved for that environment. When properly installed, the wires will not work loose from a self-contained device. Now I expect a slew of comments of "Well, I had a bad experience with a self-contained outlet..." but almost always that was due to a faulty installation. You can mis-install a hospital-grade device as well. The self-contained device itself is usually very reliable and preferred in a vibration environment.
Blacklane 01/29/21 08:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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