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How to Install a Digital Thermostat in Your RV

Installing a Digital Thermostat in an RV

If your RV’s thermostat is anything like ours has always been, it doesn’t work well. Our thermostat was getting bad to the point where barley nudging the temperature adjustment plus or minus 1 degree would cause a 10 degree or more difference for when the AC would cut on.

Taking a break from driving all over the country for 3 years, staying in the Florida summer heat – we had to solve this problem, and did so using a Honeywell Programmable Thermostat. This new thermostat works fantastic, and keeps our camper’s temperature regulated and comfortable.

The programmable features are neat too, in case you want it cooler during the day, a little warmer at night, and frigid like the arctic on the weekends.

You will need a small screwdriver, also known as a precision screwdriver, to loosen the screws in the thermostat. You can pick up a precision screwdriver set like this one on Amazon, usually for well under $20.

We have handy photos of the process, after the video.

**Always remember to turn off the breaker or disconnect power to any device before servicing it**

Replacing the Stove Vent Cover in Our RV

RV Stove Vent Cover

We recently were stopped in a shopping center during a pretty big storm, when we noticed water pouring in above our stove. After getting the ladder out and investigating the roof, then pulling apart the range hood to trace the water, we determined the issue was with the vent cover. The flap had broken, and was no longer keeping water and bugs out. We made a temporary fix, ordered a new cover and, when it arrived, here’s how we installed it.

J-B Weld KwikWood Review for Camper Wood Repair

JB Weld for Camper Repair

J-B Weld KwikWood Review for Camper Wood Repair

In one of our many inspections, we noticed water damage to the cabinet under our kitchen sink. In looking at options, we came across J-B Weld’s KwikWood Wood Repair Epoxy Putty and decided to try it out. As you may well know the “wood” in most travel trailers is composed of pencil shavings and Elmer’s glue. Even the smallest amount of water can make it bulge and crumble.

We checked out the selection at our local Home Depot where they were neither friendly or helpful (wish we had gone to Ace Hardware for this job). We read that the Kwikwood would do the job. Kwikwood is a two step simple process. The putty is an easy to cut two tones roll. All you do is cut off the desired amount and mix the two colors until uniform. Make sure to use gloves during the whole process.

After mixing the putty you have abut two minutes too use it before it dries. This was not an issue with the small area we needed to work wit. My gloves ended up being too large and made it difficult to apply the putty evenly. We easily fixed the mistakes in the sanding process. This putty does have a bad odor so cracking a window and of course following all safety instructions on the packaging is advised.

After allowing the KwikWood to dry, we gave it a sanding to smooth out (most of) the inconsistencies caused by the too large gloves and clumsy fingers..

After sanding, we use some of our Minwax Golden Oak stain, left over from stage two of our camper desk build, to make the section more closely match the rest of the cabinet.

 

Rating by Laurie Clark: 4.0 stars
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