Digital Thermostat Upgrade

Rv Comfort Coleman-mach 12- volt Digital Thermostat

The problem with an analog thermostat is that it's difficult to get the temperature set just right and even more difficult, if not impossible, to recreate it. You are constantly having to more the slider to adjust the temp. Very frustrating.  I decided to solve the problem with a simple digital thermostat upgrade. Nothing rarely goes totally as planned, but it wasn't that difficult

The only issue I had was the physical connection. I assumed is was a matter of unscrewing the old and screwing on the new, but the original was soldered and connected with a plug. To solve the problem I simply cut the plug off the old and soldered the wire on the new. The colorers matched up so it was 100% compatible.

I usually set the AC to 75 degrees and the  heat to 70 degrees. Here is my install video:

weBoost Drive 4G-X Cell Phone Signal Booster

We do a lot of wilderness camping with our Jay Feather 24T where cell service can be very weak (or nonexistent). My wife, Gail, and I both work remotely, so it is essential that we have internet access. On a recent trip to Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, where cell reception (we use Verizon) was very poor, we ended up spending too much time going to Starbucks to work. That is when we decided to invest in a cell signal booster. After-all... we go camping to be in nature, not in Starbucks.

After some extensive research, I settled on the weBoost Drive 4G-X Cell phone Signal Booster. weboost (formally Wilson Electronics) is the manufacturer of America's strongest cellphone signal boosters according to FCC submissions. They make about 7 different models specifically designed for RV use. They start off in the low $100s, but the model we bought is at the upper end. We reasoned that internet connectivity was something we couldn't skimp on.

weboost Drive 4G-X Cell Signal Booster
  • Amplifies cell signal in your car or RV for up to 4 devices
  • Works with all carriers and cellular devices simultaneously - USA or Canada
  • Fewer dropped calls and lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Longer battery life
The unit comes with a small magnetic antenna used to mount on the outside or your car or RV. It also has a low profile inside antenna that will broadcast the boosted cell signal 3-5 feet to your phone or personal hot spot and switchable power adapter that plugs into a 12v outlet (cigarette lighter). We found it worked best to lay the iPhone directly on the inside antenna.

I also purchased a Spring-Mount Antenna with 13.5 - Feet Rg58 Cable and Sma Male Connector to permanently mount on the rear of our travel trailer for better reception. Since the weboost Drive 4G-X mounts in a bracket making it removable, we are able to use it in the car while traveling. I use the magnetic antenna to mount on the car.
Spring-Mount Antenna
Last week we were back up at Lake Powhatan just after installing the weBoost, so it was a perfect time to test out the unit. We could not have been happier. Prior to the weBoost, our cell signal was "1bar Extended 1x," so we couldn't make any calls, internet was impossible, and sending a text was sporat. After we turned on the booster, we were able to get "2 bars LTE-4G" enabling us to make calls and use the internet. A vast improvement!

This is my install video:

Exterior Antenna Mount