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Old 07-03-2014, 11:02 PM   #11
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Connections are good here but do these 2014 mini 2306 come with the wingman built in? Im also having a problem with the thermostat being mounted too close to the side of fridge an making it a pita to regulate temperature cause of the warmth from fridge. Thermostat reads 78 when everywhere else is 71 in camper. Im unsure how to insulate or even get in behind the small area where tv, genesis, thermostat is mounted. Anyone familiar or have same problem?
I've got a 2306 so here is what to do about adding a Wingman to the antenna. First, I doubt it has been added on but one never knows. When you crank it up you should be able to clearly see if it there. Here is a pic of the antenna with the Wingman added on. It is the small elements coming off the main unit. I added this to my antenna and it really does help. Here is the trick. On our trailer there is technically not enough room to add this to our antenna and have it crank down and sit flat on the roof in the V shaped groove it is supposed to. The fridge vent is in it's way. But if you turn the antenna a little bit counter-clockwise (looking up at the dial from inside the trailer) from it's official resting place before you crank it down it will clear the vent and lay flat on the roof. It will not be in the V shaped groove but it works fine and has caused me no problems the many times I have used it. You really need to go up on a ladder and look at this to understand what I'm saying.

Thermostat. I replaced my analog with a digital one like many here on this forum have also done. I love it, works so much better. I sealed up the hole where the wires come through (except just enough for the wires to move) and that has helped with heat getting into it from behind. A lot of the heat actually comes off of the stereo mounted in that same place. To get a look at this take off the cover plate on the thermostat and unscrew it from the wall. You can then see the hole and the wires. If you take the stereo out you can really get a good look. Somebody here took fixing this heat issue to the max and mounted computer fans in that cabinet. One thing I did which helped n the temp regulation was to be sure one of the ceiling vents that can rotate and be aimed in different directions is aimed just a little bit into the corner where the thermostat is. Your air will run shorter cycles but more often. More even temps. Just don't blow too much air into the corner or it will really get out of whack running way too short to cool anything and turning off.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:27 AM   #12
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Connections are good here but do these 2014 mini 2306 come with the wingman built in? Im also having a problem with the thermostat being mounted too close to the side of fridge an making it a pita to regulate temperature cause of the warmth from fridge. Thermostat reads 78 when everywhere else is 71 in camper. Im unsure how to insulate or even get in behind the small area where tv, genesis, thermostat is mounted. Anyone familiar or have same problem?

We installed a digital thermostat and it seems to work much better than the analog unit.

I purchased ours from Amazon but it's no longer available... Here's the one I got...
http://www.makariosrv.com/coleman-di...FdBi7AodIAIAbg


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i have a question. this has happened since day one of my mini. while watching tv from the antenna if you turn on the light over the sink or in the bathroom the tv screen pauses . turn the lite of and tv starts playing. has anyone else had this issue or know the fix?
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i have a question. this has happened since day one of my mini. while watching tv from the antenna if you turn on the light over the sink or in the bathroom the tv screen pauses . turn the lite of and tv starts playing. has anyone else had this issue or know the fix?
Yup. We have the same issue, but only two of the overhead lights cause the pixilation and/or freezing -- and only on some channels. I think it's something in the LED circuit boards, but I don't know of a fix. Last year at Goshen, I asked a factory rep; she didn't know either. It's really not much of an inconvenience and we now find it amusing.
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That is called RF interference and it is from the circuitry in the LED bulb, or the fixture the bulb is in. This depends on where the voltage regulator circuitry is that brings 12 volts down to 5 volts or whatever the LED voltage is. That really doesn't matter. Here is what will fix that in most cases. You will need to buy two of these for each light that makes the RF interference and maybe a couple more that will go on the TV. They come in a 2 pack. However I would experiment with one light first to be sure it works and you don't blow a bunch of moo-la. Snap-Together Toroid Choke Core-2-Pack - RadioShack.com

This device is called a Ferrite coil or better known as an RF Choke. It will filter out electrical noise in all sorts of places. With a little work and some luck it will stop that RF noise from the light. You are basically winding the power wire through this coil as many times as you can, and close to the light, but leave enough wire to help push the coil up in the hole and re-mount the light. Look at the picture in the link above. It shows a single wire but you should be able to use the double wire that has the negative and positive wire glued together. If it is too thick you can split the wire and use one coil on the positive wire and one coil on the negative wire. You might very well have to lengthen the wire to get enough through the coil to do the job. Start by trying one coil on a light. (or two coils if you split the wire) It may just stop it. The coil snaps open so you can wrap the wire around and around the coil until no more wire will fit and then snap it shut. If you have a long enough wire you are lucky and don't have to add any wire so there is no messing with connections, wire nuts etc. Hopefully there is enough room in the hole above your light to push the coil back up there. But there are also many variables in trailers and I have very limited experience in what is behind light that I can't tell you more. You can also put these coils on the other end of the wire after it comes out of your distribution panel but that is not the preferred way.

You can use these RF Chokes on the power cord on the TV as well as the antenna cable itself. It's a matter of just playing around with it.
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