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Temperature-controlled Electronics

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

Our Monaco Class A has the TV and home theater components, as well as the DirecTV satellite receiver, in a compartment over the driver’s dash. With this area located against the roof and front windshield, the temperature inside can exceed 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Since we listen to music via the DirecTV satellite while driving, and the components won’t work if the compartment’s temperature is more than 122 degrees, we solved the problem by removing the tinted glass on the hinged front door of the compartment and replacing it with a decorative sheet-metal grille from Lowe’s. The glass was used as a template for cutting the grille to size. We used clear silicone to install the grille in place of the glass. Finally, to help move the air, we installed an on/off switch to a small personal-size fan and placed it in the compartment.


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