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Old 11-30-2011, 10:57 PM   #1
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Outside Air Temperature Gauge

I always like to know the outside air temperature, especially when driving in the winter for black ice, etc.

Since the coach did not come with an OAT gauge or indicator, a few years back I installed a clock with an OAT sensor that I mounted up in the generator slide area. It has worked reasonably well but recently the sensor failed. Also, the clock is on the wall behind the kitchen countertop and the copilot has to always look back at it when I'm driving to tell me the temperature.

Has anybody got a better solution to an OAT indicator that they have installed that can be easily read from the driver's seat?

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Old 12-01-2011, 08:58 AM   #2
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This is the style temp indicator we've run in our vehicles that didn't have built in outside air temp indicators:

Click here: Digital temperature meter with remote temp sensor

I've always used a velcro pad on the back stuck on the dash, but this one looks like it could be permanently installed.

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:14 AM   #3
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Old Forester, I use the Accurite wireless digital indoor/outdoor thermometer which has dual monitoring units. I mounted the sensor in the wet bay and have one monitor in the cockpit and one in the galley area. If you use velcro to mount the monitors, you can move 'em around to wherever you want 'em. Here is a link to a set that is for sale on Ebay:

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:43 AM   #4
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Epically this time of year.. You can find remote reading Thermometers in nearly every department store, electronics store, Best Buy, Fry's. Radio Shack (often high price there) Wall mart and a host of other places.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:50 AM   #5
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Roger and John,

I like both of your ideas on the thermometer, for a couple different reasons, so I bought one of each of them. We currently have a clock in the bedroom that projects on the ceiling so we can both see it at night, and it has an OAT sensor, which I mounted in the wet bay. I have found that mounted in the wet bay, it's always a 5 or 6 degrees warmer than the actual temperature outside, but we have adapted to that change.

I'm going to see if I can get a better reading by mounting the wireless sensor down below the generator on the front cover, and hopefully get away from the heat of the generator. Once I get that working, by moving the sensor around to where I'm happy with it, I may mount the wired one and get the sensor down to the same spot. I'll try them both and see which I like better, because if I like the wired one, I'll move the wireless one to my garage, which is where I'd like another sensor reading.

Thanks for your ideas--
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