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Old 05-18-2016, 06:41 PM   #1
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Couple of mods to our "New to us" 17B

Twenty plus years ago in our Triple EEE Surfside, we had an inexpensive set including a barometer, hygrometer and thermometer. So as an amateur woodworker, I decided to make an new set for this trailer. Lee Valley supplied the instruments. The second mod was to solve the problem or where to store the TV while on the road.

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Old 05-18-2016, 06:47 PM   #2
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I do love the set up for storing the TV while on the road. Are there outside instrumentation for the weather station, if so how did you run the wiring? Thanks for the pictures.
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:28 PM   #3
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The matching clock at the top is a nice touch, Fred. Did you get that from Lee Valley, too? I don't see it in their catalog.

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Are there outside instrumentation for the weather station, if so how did you run the wiring?
I assume that these are classic direct-reading mechanical weather instruments from Lee Valley, not displays for electronic instrumentation... so if you want outside conditions, you need to mount a set outside.
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I traveled cross country 3 times and not once did I remove my tv from the wall mount. I secured it against the wall with hooks, but left it mounted the entire time.
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I traveled cross country 3 times and not once did I remove my tv from the wall mount. I secured it against the wall with hooks, but left it mounted the entire time.

Same here Jim. We just bungee it to the mount (to prevent the swing arm from extending) and off we go. Works well, but then again we had the wall reinforced, and I made sure the mount was extra sturdy when I installed it.
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I had the wall reinforced also but ended up attaching the stand at the edge where there is always a stud to tap into. Will do the same in the 19....but not the wall reinforcement, just mount on the edge...
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Very nice Fred I have always like the classic look of a oak wood barometer ,hygrometer & thermometer weather station.
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That's the only mod I've done to my Escape - using the Lee Valley instruments.
Problem I've encountered is that the barometer needle ends up in the six-o'clock position after traveling. I've taken to removing it from the mount and wrapping it in a towel so I don't have to reset it.

Oak mount cost a fortune and has stayed in place with double sided tape for at least six years.
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The matching clock at the top is a nice touch, Fred. Did you get that from Lee Valley, too? I don't see it in their catalog.


I assume that these are classic direct-reading mechanical weather instruments from Lee Valley, not displays for electronic instrumentation... so if you want outside conditions, you need to mount a set outside.
Clock is not shown with the weather instruments. You have to look under "large clock inserts". As mentioned above they are direct reading so no information from outside the trailer.

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Old 05-18-2016, 09:29 PM   #10
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I traveled cross country 3 times and not once did I remove my tv from the wall mount. I secured it against the wall with hooks, but left it mounted the entire time.
Well looking at our mount, I wasn't sure it would hold up. And the former owner did not have the TV attached to the mount so I was just following his lead. Even if it is strong enough, I'm thinking that the "bride" would veto and say that it was in the way! And... after all, "happy wife... happy life"!

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