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Old 09-12-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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HELP Please - advice on outside temp/altimeter

I am looking for an accurate (wireless if possible) outside temp indicator that has an altimeter incorporated - weather station would be nice but all I find advertised are for stationary residential use. I need to be sure the probe or sending unit is designed to be used on a vehicle. Anyone out there have one that they would recommend?

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Old 09-13-2010, 02:54 AM   #2
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:11 PM   #3
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Since the Altimeter works on atmospheric pressure, it would change as the high and low pressure systems pass over. Unless you're going to reset it per the weather radio each day, I would think that the GPS would give you a much more accurate reading. Our Garmin has the option to show the altitude as part of the main display.

For outside temperature, there should be plenty of units available which have a outside sending unit or thermistor which you can locate on the outside of the coach. I even have seen some really cheap thermometers which will stick to the outside of your window and if it were a dual pane window I would think it would be fairly accurate. If it is too close to the Coach, you might get something you can hang from your awning to get a better reading.
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We use an cheap $8 indoor outdoor thermometer with the outdoor probe hanging out of the galley window, even while enroute. It has been reliable for about 4 years.

As previously mentioned, our Garmin GPS, also old, will display the elevation.
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:53 PM   #5
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I've also been looking for an indoor/outdoor themometer with a wireless out door probe. I found three differenct ones at CW.

Before I started my search, I sent an e-mail to Lacrosse Technologies, since the family has several of their residential units and like them, to find out if their remote sensor was rugged enough to be outside on a moving vehicle. The answer was "Absolutely Not".

If you choose to buy either of the Lacrosse units in the CW catalog, be aware that you need to bring the outdoor sensor in before you hit the road, or decide to replace it fairly frequently.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:29 AM   #6
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We bought a cheap Lacrosse one with 2 remote sensors. One by the water/waste tanks and one in the propane compartment which is open to the air from underneath. That one seems to provide accurate outside temp readings and is reasonably protected from the elements. We use plastic ties to secure them in place. What we don't like is that the indoor unit is supposed to stay up-to-date (time) based upon a radio signal and it has never worked right. We just ignore the time/date on it. We have it mounted by the passenger seat so that the co-pilot can check on outdoor temps and it also provides the indoor temp & indoor humidty.

For altimiter we just get that info from our GPS (Microsoft Streets & Trips). When we had our old Magellan it too would give altitude.
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:05 PM   #7
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The altitude should only be needed once when you get settled and level. Unless you're in California, where getting high is a nightly experience. (LOL).
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many places for home unit

Best place for altimeter is your GPS, as those here who are pilots will confirm, the barometeric pressure needs to be inputed are adjusted into the device for it to be correct, and if you are where weather happens then this will get old real fast.

For thermometers then almost any home battery wireless unit should work fine.

The older CC models had the 3 ring circus type weather stations so a modern one should be fine.

You need to find a location that is out of the direct weather but still capable of measuring it.

I would suggest a couple extra if you can get a weather station capable of them.

Having a sensor in the engine compartment would be handy to observe the conditions in there.

Locate the other one inside a compartment or behind a door.

You could test different areas to see which one works the best, different places may keep or capture heat that will make the readings not accurate.

You can also place the sensor inside a ziploc bag, we did this with a citrus tree, place the sensor in a bag and tied it in the tree, set the indoor unit which had an alarm to go off when it got real cold, we then would turn on lights in the tree to keep it warm, the bag kept the water away but the readings were still close enough.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:41 AM   #9
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How well the "radio adjusted" timekeeping works is very much affected by location and any shielding around the display. If you have metal walls, try putting it near a window.

Ths signal is trasmitted on AM at a low frequency and it's in pulses. A full signal takes about 6 minutes to get all the data. the last minute or so is whether it's DST or not. I have a radio controlled watch and where we live it's very difficult to get a signal. Our neighborhood is an RF "black hole". When I was driving transit, I lost the signal to dispatch when I came over the ridge into our neighborhood.

The watch software goes looking for the signal at 02:00, 03:00, 04:00 and 05:00 every morning. It does it in the dark, because the signal goes squirrely when the sun comes up. Most places we've camped, I have had good quality signals. The transmissions for the western states come from Colorado, so I try to make sure to align the watch toward that general direction.

I don't know if your unit has a signal strength indicator and a button to turn on the receive mode for the time signal. My watch does, and I can move the watch around to get the best signal. I usually do this just before going to bed.

I'm at the point where I need a clock that shows what day of the week it is raather than the current seconds. A friend who looked after Air Pacific (Fiji) when we worked at Boeing found a watch in Fiji that they called an "Island" watch. It had no hands and the word "Now" was written across the face.

If I get an indoor/outdoor thermometer, I wouldn't need the clock feature, but most of them seem to have it. I guess they need a basic time measure to determine min and max for the day.

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