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Old 03-14-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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what are your cool gadgets ?

I find these cool gadgets pretty useful, recently I even bought the Bluetooth Rear View Mirror and I am glad I did it.
I was wondering if you guys had any ideas for cool gadgets too for your RV that help you in your road trips?

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Old 03-15-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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Not for road trips but for while parked for the winter. We've had a deLonghi oil-filled radiator for quite a while and used it in the house for supplementary heat in the bedroom. I decided to use it to keep the interior of the MH above freezing (the winters are usually fairly mild here).

The "gadget" I found was a plug-in programmable digital thermostat. It has a 3-pin 15A plug on the back and a socket on the front. Plug it into one of the 115V sockets (or to an extension cord if you want to monitor the temperature other than at the plug), plug your heater in, switch the heater on and set its themostat to a high setting. The digital t/stat will then control the heater.

I was a bit disappointed that the minimim setting on the t/stat was 45F, but it has worked very well. I had a Kill-a-Watt meter in line with it and it didn't do a great deal of damage to our power bill. I've had the wireless remot temp sensor in the rig, and on nights when our outside low was mid 20s, the temp at the dinette table was about 38.

BTW, I got it from It was about $36 including shipping.

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:46 AM   #3
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My favorite gadget is a little cheap 12v cigarette socket 120v inverter.
Similar to this one on DBTech 175 Watt Portable Micro Power Inverter With USB Port --- 12v AC to 110v DC Car Plug Converter For Your Ipod DVD Players Laptops Netbooks And cellphones: Electronics

We use it all the time. When we're boondocking I can charge
cell phones, cameras or watch TV. Yep it will power our small
LCD TV. It would likely work to charge a lap top or netbook.
I wouldn't leave home without it!
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