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« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2014, 06:13:09 am »

Buying an RV is easy, selling one not so easy !! Cry
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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2014, 12:55:18 pm »

Why do you (Barry-Sue) prefer Maxxair over Fantastic fans?
Wouldn't do without my ladder which gives me access to solar panel on roof.

Cutting the sink cover: did some of you cut it in half, i.e. from left to right (or right to left)?
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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2014, 01:30:00 pm »

We have both a Fantastic Fan and a Maxxair fan in our PC.  I have been thinking about replacing the Fantastic Fan but just have not developed enough courage to do it.

I find the Maxxair has a few advantages over the Fantastic-Fan.  The Maxxair has a wider selection of fan speeds, very quiet (almost silent on low speeds), has built in rain guard (with good air flow), when closed it acts as a ceiling fan for air circulation, the screen is easier to remove and clean and when closed it presents a low profile on the PC roof.


We had our sink cover cut East - West.

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« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2014, 04:18:52 pm »

At the factory they took the cover to the back room and cut it, so I don't know which way. Just as long as it was side to side and not through the handle. Some day I will stare at it and try to figure out which way they cut it. Might take all afternoon. LOL
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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2016, 02:57:45 pm »

We also bought the StarLights smart light 1000 porch light (motion detector with daylight sensor), and shipped it to Phoenix. They installed it prior to the paint phase. Once we got it, we replaced the clear lens with amber. If we remember to turn it on, it lights up as we approach so we can see to get into the house safely. http://www.starlightsinc.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=11&idcategory=4

We posted the above note way back when. An update is that we still love our StarLights smart light but are now in a bit of a pickle with it. As stated above, we shipped it to Phoenix before the paint phase and it is painted with matching full body paint. Well, somebody smashed the lense covers over the motion detectors and it doesn't look like just the plastic covers can be replaced. They didn't smash the amber lense over the main light (which would be easy to replace), just the little squares over the motion sensors (and possibly the sensors themselves, we're still trying to figure out what works and what doesn't). It happened at our "secure" storage site (we know because we had the rig out, washed her, camped in her and used the light then returned it to storage for a week, and they were broken out when we picked her up again). I can see the caulk line around the light so it's possible they painted the rig and painted the light and then installed the light. If so, we can replace it or take it apart and maybe fix it. If we replace it with an identical light, our choices are white or black, either of which will stand out on the coppery brown background. If the rig was painted with the light in place, and the new light doesn't match the footprint of the old light, we will have a white area around the light. Argggg.

We figure someone was doing something they shouldn't and thought the motion detectors were security cameras so they smashed them. We didn't find anything missing on our rig (so far). We just returned from a trip and will report the vandalism to the storage facility. Maybe someone was doing something to the rig next to us.
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« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2016, 03:57:54 pm »

John and Holly,

We have the smart light as well and one day we were sitting at the campground and noticed our sensor lenses were cracked as well.  We called the company and they said they had a bad batch of lenses and the UV RAYS were the culprit for the smashed lenses.  They sent us two new ones at no cost.

Yes, you do have to take the light down to change them but it was very easy.

What you need to do before you get replacement lenses is put duct tape over the area so that water does not get in the light fixture, otherwise you will have to replace the whole fixture.

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« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2016, 04:06:30 pm »

Thank you! We will tape it today but it has rained since they were broken out. Hopefully the light hasn't shorted and all will be well.
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2016, 07:40:43 pm »

John and Holly

We had a black Starlight installed and left it unpainted.  It blends in nicely with the dark windows and black awning.

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« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2016, 09:08:51 am »

Thanks Barry, that's the way we'll go if we toasted the one we have. We taped over it and will call today to see if they'll send the lenses for the sensors. Then comes cutting the paint and caulk to get her off. Seriously NOT looking forward to that part but we recently caulked a few items on the rig so we have the caulk ready to go when we put the light back on. We are out again all next week so we'll be camping with no light if it shorted out. So sad. We have full hookups and would have left it on every day when we went out so that it lit up for us on the way back in. We love having the light kick on automatically. Guess we'll tote our flashlights each day... or, more likely, forget our flashlights and stumble around trying to find the door. We've got experience in that too.
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« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2016, 09:44:23 am »

John and Holly

When Phoenix installed our porch light they used a putty tape caulk (typical installation) to seal between the light and the PC.  When I removed our light I found it easy to remove the light from the PC.  The clean up was simple because the caulk is non-hardening and stays pliable.  There is no need to cut or scrape the caulk .

Here is a link to Camping World web site that shows the tape:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/putty-tape-1-w-x-30l/4698

The tape should be available at most any RV dealer and comes in shorter lengths.


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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2016, 07:49:32 pm »

Just an alternative...  We changed out our power munger light bulb out to a LED SuperBright. Now don't need motion detectors as this can be left on forever, even when dry camping.   And yes it is bright... Maybe too bright for some commercial campgrounds.... 
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« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2016, 07:28:10 am »

The Starlights is also LED. We just don't like lights on outside most of the time. The Starlights 1000 uses toggling to change the mode of the light. Turn the switch on once and the light is on until you turn it off. Turn the switch on-off-on in succession and it goes into sleep mode (with a tiny blue light that blinks periodically so you know it is set). It wakes and turns on when two things happen 1) it is dark enough as determined by the built in daylight sensor; and 2) something large enough trips the built in motion detector. We like to set it to sleep mode when we leave camp so that our site stays dark until we return. As soon as we come along the side of the Phoenix, the detector picks us up and turns on the light. When we forget to turn it on, we stumble into picnic tables, the step, chairs, etc. If there is no motion for awhile, it turns off again. We love our light.

Tom Hanlon commented that the blinking blue light could make people think we have a security system. Having the light snap on when they get close would help reinforce that.
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« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2016, 11:12:05 am »

The issue I have with Holly's light is how far away I could be and turn it on. I was across the street in another site and could turn it on. Have you guys found a way to control the distance of the motion sensor?  Otherwise I liked the light for all the same reasons that Holly stated.
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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2016, 11:44:49 am »

Tom,

There is a way to set the sensitivity of the motion sensors.  Here is the link under the frequently asked questions http://www.starlightsinc.com/faq. You will find the information under the troubleshooting section.

When they come from the factory they are set to the highest sensitivity.

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« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2016, 02:34:05 pm »

Thank you Barry.
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