Falcon 9 Starlink - Long Exposure

A tale of two Launches

In 2019, we spent the months of May and June in hot & humid Florida.  More precisely, the Titusville area, commonly called the Space Coast!  Why, you may ask.. would we be in Florida during LoveBug mating season?  To experience our first, and second ever.. rocket launches! Our first ever Read more…

Starlink Passover - AllSky 2020-04-15 at 21-20-36

Starlink Satellites in Timelapse – AllSky Camera

Thanks to a tip from a fellow astro-geek who is at Rusty’s RV Ranch right now, I reviewed my AllSky camera and did indeed capture 2 passes of a cluster of Starlink Satellites! Here’s a time lapse — look for them between 2100 and 2200 moving from SSW to N Read more…

EV 4 RV — Power for your Coach and Electric Vehicle while on the road!

Ever wanted to own an Electric Vehicle (EV) but live in a motor coach and didn’t think it was possible. THINK AGAIN! For under $1000 you can build a system into your motor coach that not only powers your rig, but also will Level 2 Charge an EV off the SAME 50 or 30 AMP connection your RV plugs into. All without blowing that 50 AMP breaker! So dream no more…You can do it! You can own a Tesla, or any EV, and live on the road!
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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! I’ve updated the original posting with the video, and I’m 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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