George the Mouse

Simon Dell saw a mouse in his backyard, hiding in a woodpile. Instead of killing the mouse, he started making the mouse furniture, leaving out meals, and taking pictures. Karma being what it is — he is now world-famous for Read more…

David and Michael install a Thermostat

Smart Thermostat – Follow up

Our smart thermostats have been working GREAT! So well, that our buddy David Bott from Outside Our Bubble decided he’d like them installed in his coach too! In classic Outside Our Bubble style, we opted to perform the installation LIVE! Read more…

Stellarium from the Astro Shed

A View from our AstroShed

In case you are unaware, there’s an amazing Open Source, completely free, planetarium software available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s also available for Android for a bit of a charge, but it’s super worth it. I’m talking about… Stellarium!

There are so many bells, whistles and knobs in this software, there’s no way I could cover it all in this post. But, one very cool feature it has is called ‘Landscapes’. This allows you to mimic the surroundings of many different places ( and planets! ) and act as if you were viewing the stars from those locations.
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MOD: Smart Thermostats in an RV? YES!

Original Thermostat

Original Thermostat

If you’re like me, you tend to sleep with the temperature quite a bit colder than your daytime setting.  My specific setpoints are:
76 °F for the day time, and 68 °F at night for the summer.
71 °F for the day time, and 64 °F at night for the winter.
While it’s a little thing, it’s becomes tedious to do these settings changes every evening / morning, especially knowing there are so many programmable and/or Smart thermostats on the market for the household climate control systems.

However, the RV world is woefully lacking of any type of programmability on the thermostats.  Worse yet, RV AC/Heatpumps have some things stacked against them when looking for aftermarket kit:

  • RV AC/Heatpumps made the weird choice to use 12 Vdc control panels (instead of 24vac) — as if you could run them without 120 Vac power?
  • RVs can often have more ‘heat’ options than our sticks & bricks brethren.
  • RVs also tend to have two speed fans in our AC/Heatpumps

This all combines to make replacing an RV thermostat with anything other than the OEM unit a daunting task.

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Almond Cookies

Cookies in June

We bought a June Oven this Summer, and it did not disappoint. June is a smart cooking device; it will do all kinds of things and has programs available to auto-recognize the food and cook it appropriately. The June Oven Read more…

My All-Sky Camera

An All-Sky camera is a nifty little device.  It gives a view of the complete (or mostly complete) sky from horizon to horizon, in all directions, in one photo.  Why would someone want such a camera?  I’m glad you (presumably) asked!

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