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Old 04-16-2018, 12:24 PM   #1
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Lightbulb I had a few of mods I want to make. What do you guys think

The first modification to my 1998 Tow Lite 21tl camper is to remove the booth and benches and replace them with a desk to free up some floor space. My question here is if anyone had any ideas on where the master switch and lifting controls could go.

The second modification has to do with solar panels on the roof that can follow the sun I have uploaded a quick sketch of an idea I had using those slotted steel bars lifter arms and an electric dc motor.

The third mod is to move the thermostat next to the bed so I can section off the bed area for really cold nights so I don't have to heat the whole camper and save some propane.

Lastly, I would like to wire a newer thermostat that can control the Duo-Therm ac as well as the heat instead of the simple knob (Warm....Cool) currently on it. I have no idea where to even start to bypass the knob. So any info on this one would be greatly appriciated.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:47 AM   #2
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good ideas. Here are my thoughts.

1) I opened up space by taking one booth out and shortening up the table. I also made it removable. You can see it in the pic up near the oven. (mod not completed yet)

2)The mod also allows more heat directly to the bed area.

3)Your solar idea is cool but that sounds like too many variables to go wrong. I'd somehow rig it to the tv antenna and rotate from the inside as needed. This could be done a lot easier with a lightweight/flexible type solar panel
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:03 AM   #3
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Clever ideas, Bennay, but I don't think I'd bother with trying to create an "adjustable" solar panel angling system. If you had solar panels on your house, where the location is fixed and you wanted to position the panels so that they were perpendicular to the sun's rays, it would make a lot of sense. You could adjust for the difference in the sun's angle during the changing seasons that way.

But, in a trailer, you're limited to how you have to park the thing in camping spaces. Assuming you have the hinge running along the "long side" of the trailer, that hinge would have to be facing south for the angle to be effective. If your trailer was parked so that it was facing north, it would be useless. And if the trailer was parked so the hinge faced either east or west, it might help somewhat in the morning or evening, but that would be all. I hope I'm making sense - I know what I'm thinking, but am not sure I'm saying it well.

It just seems a complication for little gain, in my opinion. My panels are mounted flat on the roof and except for when we camped in full shade at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, they have delivered all the power we needed.

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Old 07-04-2024, 03:42 PM   #4
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400 watts flat on roof brings me to full power in morning with in an hour. Research the thermostat and u will be able to find a digital one that will work. Drop the wires down in cabinet and run wires behind sink/stove/refrig
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Old 07-07-2024, 05:55 AM   #5
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On the solar panels I had purchasd a set from Renogy. $259.99
but returned them for a couple reasons.
I could not run the wires to hide to my satisfaction
2. just cannot remember exactly but was something about you had to make sure you turned it off before shutting off the power = like disconnecting the amin power (and we have had sometimes at campgrounds where there breaker would fail) or something and I did not want to try to do that as to many other things to try to remember .
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