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Remote Temp.Sensor

Can anyone recommend a remote temperature sensor system for when we leave the pets in the rv? Thanks.
vjstangelo 05/20/17 02:04pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Heat Pump

We love our heat pumps. We have used at temps as low as the 30's with no problems. The owner's manuals state they are equipped with internal strip heaters that engage when the temps get too cold outside. That I have not confirmed, but would be nice if true!
vjstangelo 05/12/17 06:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Claytor Lake St Park ok for big Class A's?

X2, many sites there that can handle a 40 footer. One of the best state parks in the country.
vjstangelo 05/09/17 06:43pm Class A Motorhomes
Vacuum Cleaner

We are looking for a battery operated portable vacuum for our motor home. It has mixed carpet and linoleum. Anyone have a favorite they would recommend? Thanks.
vjstangelo 05/07/17 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago Vista handling

CHF for sure. We did the rear on our 32k Vista and the improvement was all that was needed. We also have the safety steer.
vjstangelo 05/04/17 05:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A Gassers and The General Quality of Products

If you are in no big hurry, head to the Hershey TV show this fall. Practically every RV manufacturer will have bunches of models on display.
vjstangelo 05/03/17 06:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing vehicle cunundrum

It seems that most folks in your position go with a 3/4 or 1 ton van, Ford or Chevy.
vjstangelo 05/03/17 06:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Air Condition Unit

Sorry, I should clarify my comment. My current RV is a Winnie, the prior was a TT with a Coleman Mach 13.5 AC with controls on the unit. For that unit, the temp controller was a dial on the AC which sets the point at which the compressor will cycle off. This type of unit uses a probe (or thermocouple) that senses the evaporator coil dry bulb temperature. If the dial is set too low, the evaporator coil will get to a temperature below 32F hence the coil will build up ice. If that happens, the airflow will diminish as ice builds up on the evaporator coil fins. I am in agreement with Effy in that a 13.5 BTUH unit will theoretically generate 13.5 BTU of cooling when the compressor is activated. The wall thermostat, or cooling temperature dial on panel mounted unit only turns the compressor on and off. The danger of running the unit (compressor energized) with an iced over evaporator coil is that this could allow liquid refrigerant to pass from the evaporator to the compressor through the suction side hose/pipe and destroy the compressor (which is only designed to compress gas, not liquid which is incompressible). To the OP, if the unit is no longer cooling the compressor could be toast due to liquid getting into the suction line when the coil was frozen and the compressor running.
vjstangelo 05/02/17 07:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coleman AC warranty

Thanks for the advice. I'll probably just stick with the 2 year factory warranty.
vjstangelo 05/02/17 06:53pm Class A Motorhomes
Coleman AC warranty

We just replaced our front Coleman heat pump. The cost was $1000 or so plus $100 labor. The unit comes with a 2 year warranty, and an optional 3 year parts only warranty after 2 years is available for $89. Do ya'll think it is worth buying? My understanding is that these units as mostly throw away devices and not worth repairing. Thanks.
vjstangelo 05/01/17 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Condition Unit

Is it low on Freon? Why did you set to 64? Did you really want the temp to reach 64? Because turning it down further than the desired temp does not make it work any harder or faster. A thermostat is not an accelerator. If you want 72, setting it to 64 won't make it cool to 72 any faster than actually setting it to 72. It does not run cooler the lower you set it. If it froze up then it's low on Freon (or whatever they put in them these days). Were you plugged in shore power and getting the right power to it? Is the unit clean? If it can't breathe right it can't cool efficiently. I set it to 64 because I like it cold in my RV and I wanted icicles hanging when I came back in from the hot concert....:B I do know that it doesn't cool faster set that low, but it never seems to be cool enough inside until I get the temp (according to the thermostat) down into the 60s. All window shades closed and a floor fan running. I keep my house at 68 and ceiling fans running all the time..... I haven't had a problem in the past three years with the A/C units, but this time it just wasn't moving the air. When I was up on the roof cleaning it, although I didn't remove the cover, I did visually look for tree debris and anything else I could see through the gills. All appeard to be good from the outside. Effy is absolutely right. I can speak from experience as my DW once did the same on our 13.5 BTU unit. It was going to be over 100F one day in Denver and she set the tstat to very low temp. Since the compressor was not able to cycle off and defrost, the evaporator iced up even though the temp was hot outside with almost no cooling airflow coming out of the duct I raised the temp so that the compressor cycled off and the evaporator ice melted. Told her not to lower less than 70F and no more problems.
vjstangelo 05/01/17 07:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: KOA Petaluma....A mild rant

I also prefer KOA's all things being equal. The website is a breeze to negotiate, the price has never waivered from the website quote, and I always know what I am getting for my money.
vjstangelo 04/21/17 05:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 75 years ago today: Doolittle Raid...

I thought the movie Pearl Harbor did a good job depicting the raid (mixed with a little fiction). I've always been interested and impress Ed since I read 30 Seconds over Tokyo in grade school.
vjstangelo 04/19/17 06:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: What are your hobbies

I am surprised no one mentioned astronomy yet. I always travel with some optical aid, favorite of choice is my Celestron Nexstar 5, fits nicely on one of the bunks. I recall once late in the evening in Yellowstone at Fishing Bridge in the quiet stillness outside the then TT get scared silly when I heard a noice nearby, remembering this was grizzly country, bolted into the TT and left the telescope out all night till morning. Seriously, the darkest skies are at the campgrounds and I love a night of observing when possible, along with many of the of the activities mentioned by others previously.
vjstangelo 04/14/17 09:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Super-Duty to get new gas engine

I have no regard for the current "news" practice of offering speculation as newsworthy. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!!!!
vjstangelo 03/30/17 06:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Improving suspension on 2010 Expedition

My 2005 Excursion without the factory tow package did not come with a rear stabilizer bar! I purchased and installed a Hellwig. This mproved the handling tremendously and would be my 1st fix, provided you do not haveven a rear sway bar.
vjstangelo 03/22/17 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cheap Handling Fix - Where?

I performed the fix on my 2011 F53 Winnebago. I only did the rear bar as the front bar was too short for the modification. Even performing the rear alone did wonders to improve handling. There are videos on YouTube describing the process.
vjstangelo 03/22/17 07:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: do tow vehicles need tire pressure sensors

When we purchased our new to us Class A, I selected the RVi brake system specifically since it comes with an optional TPMS that transmits tire pressure through the brake controller. The reason why is because I was concerned that there would be no way for me to tell should a tire on the dinghy go flat and possible cause significant damage. To those who do not use a TPMS on the dinghy, how would one recognize a tire went flat?
vjstangelo 03/21/17 06:01pm Dinghy Towing
RE: When to throw in the towel on an older motorhome

Nothing says a newer coach won't cost money either. My case in point. We last year bought a low mileage Winnebago. The monthly payment is $570. I just spent $1300 having a replacement heat pump installed. Moral: Even a newer unit will cost mone for maintenance/incidentals.
vjstangelo 03/16/17 06:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help with trip out West

Go for it. It is doable, as we did a very similar trip in 2 weeks. Outbound stops from VA in Little Rock, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, then North Rim, Zion, north on 15 to Idaho Falls, Tetons, Yellowstone, then home. We only did a few days in each, but that was plenty and met my compressed schedule. Life is short...Enjoy.
vjstangelo 03/14/17 06:08pm Class A Motorhomes
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