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 on: August 26, 2014, 04:17:46 pm 
Started by Big Green Machine - Last post by KB9OMH
Hello All,
     Installed the 5-Star Tunner last week, did a run from Peoria, IL to Avon, IN. My 3100 ran very well and only dropped to 3 gear on 1 hill. The RPMs only incressed about 300 RPM on most of the inclines on the I74. Ran in cruse all the way. Ran in Tow Mode on the way there and not Tow Mode on the way back. They both ran about the same above 50 MPH. With the Tow Mode under 50 MPH the RPMs stayed about 2000 RPMs in the 45 MPH zones, where the Non-Tow Mode the RPMs dropped to 1500 RPMs. Which I like a hole lot better. Over All I am very pleased with the 5-Star Tunner. Had a Hypertech tunner on my GMC 8.1 and it didn't do as good, but Hypertech could not do anything with the Allsion Transmission. That the big difference.

Jim

 62 
 on: August 26, 2014, 04:09:13 pm 
Started by Margie - Last post by AMW
Margie, I use a Vornado DVTH.  Like you, when I'm paying for electric, I don't want to use my propane for heat.  Mine are 8 years old and we used them for a few years all winter in our old house that had some cold rooms.  Now I use just one in the RV, but I use it not only for heat, but also while the AC is on in "fan" circulation mode and it really helps keep prevent that noticeable cold/hot/cold feeling when the AC cycles on and off.  It is quiet and circulates, as opposed blowing directly so it is comfortable and barely noticeable.  On the "low" heat setting it doesn't stress the 30amp load at all, but I have never had to use the "high" heat setting in such a tiny space.  It is very light and easy to stash anywhere.  It has a digital thermostat so you can set your comfort number and it keeps a pretty steady comfort zone.

I hope the current model is as good as mine are, but here is a link:
http://www.amazon.com/Vornado-Vortex-Automatic-Climate-Control/dp/B00063ZVK0

No idea what prices might be elsewhere, but I think I paid more for mine.



 63 
 on: August 26, 2014, 03:37:08 pm 
Started by Margie - Last post by Margie
Hi everyone.

We are finally attempting to get our act together here and head out in a couple of weeks to the mountains.  Does anyone have a suggestion on which small, quiet, electric heater to purchase for times when we are hooked into electric at a campground?  We normally just do our boondocking but there may be times when we are in a campground with electricity available.  Thank you.

Margie

 64 
 on: August 26, 2014, 01:57:05 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Added Improvement #24

 65 
 on: August 26, 2014, 11:11:43 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hey Ron, have you seen the LED strip lights mounted under the awning? I am thinking about them but the cost is real high and I am afraid the strip might come lose or what happens if several LEDs go out. They mount to the side wall just under the awning. What do you think?
If done right, an LED light strip would be awesome.  I think it would offer much more & evenly distributed lighting.  In my Ebay search for my project, I stumbled on outdoor application light strips and I don't think they were terribly expensive either.  LEDs do seem to be very robust in regards to electrical punishment.  It is the manufacturing process, environment & mechanical punishment that is of concern.  Even my 5 meter LED strip had a bad circuit, I suspect from an LED placed backwards or from a bad solder joint.  For me it was easy to cut that circuit out and allocate the pieces into the project.

One thing I should mention.  The 5 meter light strip is actually many sections soldered together, guessing around 15" per section.  It wasn't a problem for my application.  I first tried to work with non-spliced sections but quickly decided to use them without that consideration.  The splice is done very well.  Though the spliced area does not lay perfectly flat for the adhesive, it is too small to be of concern.

Like you say, what happens if the light strip comes loose from under the awning?  Maybe we could come up with a redundant/robust attachment method as a back-up to the adhesive backing.  Our 2007 2350 has the older 14' box awning.  I wonder if I could mount a light strip to the underside of it instead of the RV wall, and screw on some kind of retainer every 12" or so for assurance, of coarse making sure the screw tips do not threaten the awning inside.

 66 
 on: August 26, 2014, 10:46:47 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by TomHanlon
Hey Ron, have you seen the LED strip lights mounted under the awning? I am thinking about them but the cost is real high and I am afraid the the strip might come lose or what happens if several LEDs go out. They mount to the side wall just under the awning. What do you think?

 67 
 on: August 26, 2014, 09:48:07 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Thanks fellows for the compliments.

Tom, For the porch light I used the push-n-turn sealed & frosted bulb pictured higher up in this thread, called Golden Gadgets.

Cost as follows.

- $12.05 on Ebay for a 5 meter length of LEDs in a reel.  Because I made the strips as long as possible and having the night lights too, I was one strip short.  I bought a second reel to have enough.  Only one reel is required if having 27 LEDs per strip, assuming 9 fixtures.

- $8.42 for 20 3-way switches, though I only needed 9

So theoretically one can convert 10 fixtures for $12, straight & simple florescent to LED.  That is a real bargain.  I tripled the investment to just over $30 to have a little extra light and to have the night-light feature.  I do have a lot of leftover material on-hand in case something fails later.

- $30 per pair of sealed & frosted LED bulbs.  I used 5 in our rig.... Shower, Closet, Outdoor Storage, Porch, & Sanicon.

One final project is my range hood light.  I could use some left-over strips up inside the hood cavity, but favor changing the socket and use that 6th spare sealed bulb.  I could mount that bulb directionally downward toward the stove to be more effective.

 68 
 on: August 26, 2014, 07:16:03 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by TomHanlon

Another well done project by Ron. You just keep cranking them out. Nice job.  ThumbsUp  Cheers  ThumbsUp

What bulb did you use in the outside light?

Do you have a final cost yet?

What next?

 69 
 on: August 26, 2014, 07:10:12 am 
Started by Benny820 - Last post by TomHanlon
Only one way to find out, call Earl at the factory and ask him nicely. Wink

 70 
 on: August 26, 2014, 06:44:44 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Awesome job Ron! Thank you for the excellent write up and analysis.

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