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Old 11-08-2013, 12:46 PM   #41
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....If I had one I wouldn't loan it because then I would not be packing heat. That converter cover... thinking a two inch strip of electrical tape...there's some in my shop...no idea where it came from. 8)
JohnB, I woulda done the same thing you did. I first became aware of the switches' potential for freeking me out when, at a boondocking site, we walked into the trailer and no lights would come on and I didn't have a clue why.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:56 AM   #42
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hmmm... And how would a heat gun get itself from Calgary to Ottawa? There's definitely a bit of back pressure to overcome -- already too much hot air in this city.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:58 AM   #43
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My wife is from Ottawa, she might be in on it too.
And yeah, lotsa hot air their already.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:51 PM   #44
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I know this latest little mod is a bit nuts but it was fun to do. Wanted a reading light over the bed. Figured I would do it myself, never considered having it factory installed. After browsing what’s out there I concluded the really neat light fixtures were too expensive and the rest were kind of cheap looking or boring. Alright, not boring, but a tad, a hair, a skosch, ordinary... like saying irradiated KFC is real food. These conclusions are probably not rational but they fit my pre-existing intentions nicely. Had a couple car lighting thingoes laying around, one using the tiny 194 bulb base, one the 1156, and a switch, plastic, aluminum, a Dremel tool.

At Home Depot, in plumbing, 1-inch diameter PVC looked like just the thing. I went with the 194 bulb base because I found it in my “too-good-etc” bin first. (It’s a deep, tangled bin.)

Have LED bulbs on order. Everyone needs “a glory.”
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LED bulbs came in mail. Tried a comparison using my reading light. LED is 1 watt, incandescent bulb is 9.3 watts. Except for the obvious difference in color temperature if one bulb produced more actual light than the other I couldn't tell.

Used identical aperture priority setting in the camera for both. Note the brighter picture out the window for the LED shot. This means the camera used a longer shutter speed, which suggests the LED actually produced less light.
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Myron, Looks like you got the cool white vs the warm white led. I find the warm white better on my eyes. YMMV
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Totally agree, warmer is better.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #48
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Work in progress: a bumper bracket for an antenna mast.

1.) The metal part, actually used for anchoring a 4x4 to cement, works to grip the bracket to the bumper. Must yet drill holes for threaded rod in the wood, sealed with liquid resin, to clamp snug.

2.) The rest is complicated. That's a 1-inch x 6-foot length of PVC that's nested inside a black 1½-inch x 5-inch plastic tube. And... this sits into a 3-inch length of 1" dowel that's screwed up to the bottom plate. Have no recollection how I arrived at this configuration but can say it did come to me naturally. Seems to work at keeping the mast firmly in place while at the same time being very easy to slip apart for storage under the bed.

The mast itself likely will also be anchored up top somehow, to the awning bracket. Haven't got to that yet. Then, an antenna will somehow connect to the mast. We got a foot of snow here last night. A good day to stay inside and mess around.
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Myron,
I assume you purchased your 19' used or if not, why did you not get the factory antenna?
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:59 PM   #50
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Myron, I have been thinking of doing something like this so I can have an external cell phone antenna like RVSue and her canine crew . We have been using my cell phone as a "hot spot" more and more when we are traveling. This looks like it would work well for attaching the pvc mast to the Escape Bumper. Thanks much for posting it.

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