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Old 04-23-2014, 08:22 PM   #91
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Latest mod: bathroom grab-handle.

We have found the strategically placed grab handle to be a very helpful aid for keeping an even keel when climbing, balancing, standing up, sitting down, or any of all the other things younger knees and backs take for granted.

Never liked suction cup grab handles. Don't trust them. The problem in the bathroom was I did not want to drill 4 new holes in the walls. Solution was to employ the two screws already holding the shower head bracket. Could have drilled right through to the inside of the closet and used machine screws but slightly larger wood screws are working so far.

Made with 2x4 scraps and 1-1/8th inch dowel.
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:17 AM   #92
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Well, after much hesitation, procrastination, etc etc., I bought the Winegard HD-ready hideaway VHF/UHF/FM omni-directional antenna, online. Curiosity, and a need to mess around made me do it.

Utilized the bracket for the awning to help keep the mast in place. It is a quick install. I really liked the Winegard antenna because of its portability. The Winegard drops firmly down into the top of the mast. Was not necessary to glue all the PVC together so it breaks down nicely for storage. Today finished the build of a new shelf for a small television, again, employing the screw of the roll-up shade as an anchor. Plugged it all in in the back yard and turned it on this afternoon. We here are about 20 miles from the television transmitters up on Sandia Peak. I was expecting reception would be good. In fact, it was sensational. Got 28 channels.

Now must go camping someplace to see how reception differs in an area not so ideal.
Myron, l've been pondering a retrofit TV antenna that is portable and breaks-down easily and quickly. Does this model antenna need to be rotated in different positions to maximize reception for different channels or is it truly " omnidirectional?"
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:34 AM   #93
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It must be omnidirectional. Note all four fold-out wings are equal. Have used it only twice and each time paid no mind to its orientation.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:53 PM   #94
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We came home from a trip. I had forgotten to turn off the hot water switch and did not realize this until a couple days later. That big red light is on only during the opening fire-it-up moments.

Told Corrales Dave how upset I was about this. He had the same issue, and had a great solution. He installed a tiny LED that turns on whenever the red light turns off, so you can easily see the heater is on.

Even better, Dave had spares and gave me one, including the necessary resistor. Lovn' it, Dave.
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We came home from a trip. I had forgotten to turn off the hot water switch and did not realize this until a couple days later. That big red light is on only during the opening fire-it-up moments.

Told Corrales Dave how upset I was about this. He had the same issue, and had a great solution. He installed a tiny LED that turns on whenever the red light turns off, so you can easily see the heater is on.

Even better, Dave had spares and gave me one, including the necessary resistor. Lovn' it, Dave.
Seems to be a very useful mod, Myron.

Jim Bennett posted a thread on a similar mod that he did quite some time ago. Water Heater Indicator lights and 120V Switch.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:26 AM   #96
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I installed several "night time easy on eye" red lights in my 19 with a microswitch to turn on/off plus a step light for those night time walks.
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How many single, red LED's are needed to sufficiently light the bathroom for those nightly visits?

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Old 06-16-2014, 10:31 AM   #97
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Just one…..in my 19' the stock light being on the wall the night lite pointed down, in the 21 with the stock light on the ceiling, the night lite points out along the ceiling
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We came home from a trip. I had forgotten to turn off the hot water switch and did not realize this until a couple days later. That big red light is on only during the opening fire-it-up moments.

Told Corrales Dave how upset I was about this. He had the same issue, and had a great solution. He installed a tiny LED that turns on whenever the red light turns off, so you can easily see the heater is on.

Even better, Dave had spares and gave me one, including the necessary resistor. Lovn' it, Dave.
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Would this switch solve this problem?
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Well that's a good question. Short answer for me is probably no, because when camping I usually keep that hot water always on without thinking. I just need a bright reminder that it in fact is on, so not to forget to shut it off when hitting the road. Also wouldn't like adding that big plate to my walls. The factory plate is compact, neat, and my added LED keeps things simple.
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You may be right about the size. It appears to be the same size as the other wall plugs in Escape trailers. The hot water tank in my Escape stays hot for so long I just figured it would be convenient if it turned it self off after 15 min. Also, it operates on a spring so there isn't any phantom battery draw.
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