More Rain Coming . . .

Here at the Lake Conroe Thousand Trails we’ve had very little rain today, and when we did it was mostly just a slow drizzle.

But according to some forecasts, now-Tropical Storm Harvey is supposed to move back out into the Gulf a little and then come back in over Galveston with as much as another 24” of rain.


They’re saying that so far Harvey has dropped between 9 and 13 Trillion Gallons of water on Texas.

Yikes again!

All of our kids are still high and dry so far. Certainly hope it stays that way.

Here’s a good link that shows Houston Traffic Road Closures and Speeds in real-time. Check it out.

Houston Traffic Overlay

The last two nights the temps have been dropping down into the high 60’s, and I don’t think the rig AC’s ever even turned on today. Nice.

One thing that the storm did was give me a chance to get back working on the remote control modules that I got about a month ago.

Remote Control for Slide and AC 2

Wireless 4 Channel Remote Control Unit

At less than $15 each, these units looked to be an inexpensive solution to a couple of problems I would like to take care of.

These have four separate independent channels capable to handling 20A from 12VDC to 120VAC. And each channel has both normally open and normally closed contacts. Plus there is a jumper that will set the unit for either momentary or on-off switching.

Remote Control for Slide and AC

Although I bought two, one for the slide and one to play with, I decided to actually use the 2nd one too. When we’re traveling with the generator on and both AC’s running, occasionally the generator will shut off, or sometimes, keeps running but the 120VAC output goes offline. And when this happens, the 120VAC output will not come back online if both AC’s are turned on.

So Jan has to get up and turn off one AC for about 15 seconds until the power comes back up. Then she can turn it back on and everything is fine. Now this doesn’t make a lot of sense, because when the AC’s lose power, the thermostats go into a two minute timeout to protect the compressor before they will allow the AC’s to come back on. So nothing should be putting a load on the generator at that point.

So before I tackle the slide remote control, I decided to set up a remote control on the rear AC. And it turned out to be very simple.

After putting 12VDC on the unit I pressed the Learn button on the circuit and then pressed the ‘A’ button on the remote. This synced the remote to that particular board and Load 1.

Then it was just a matter of wiring it all in and mounting it on the wall.

Remote Control Installation for AC

I picked up the 12VDC for the unit from the Floor Light switch on the wall, and then fed the control wires behind the wall up to the thermostat where I wired it into the system. Then a little double-stick tape mounted it in place.

Now before we travel I just turn the AC off at the thermostat and then use the remote to turn it off and then back on when needed.

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And the blue glow makes a nice night light.

Thought for the Day:

“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.” – Thomas Jefferson  



5 Responses to More Rain Coming . . .

  1. Tricia says:

    Glad you and your family are safe

  2. Linda Sand says:

    Glad to hear you are all safe. I’ve been thinking a lot about your kids during this storm.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Sure hoping all goes well for all you love there in the Hurricane area!! Unbelievable that it has done so much damage!!

  4. Pete Baker says:

    I purchased the same controller after seeing you post it awhile back. I want to put on my awning button as it is hard for me to reach. I cant quite see how you have the slide wired, can you give me alittle help. I can get power from a 12v light in the area and want to have one button out and one button in.

    Thanks, keep safe

    • gregwhite says:


      1. Hook up 12VDC to the + and – terminals. The blue LED should come on and stay on.

      2. You will need to use two of the four channels for the IN and the OUT of the awning.

      3. So press the Learn button switch, wait a second, and then press the ‘A’ button on the remote. Now when you press the ‘A’ button should hear the relay on the board click.

      4. Again press the Learn button, wait a second, and then press the ‘B’ button on the remote. You should now hear the relay click when you press ‘B’.

      5. Remove the little jumper from the pins right below the Learn button. This makes the unit a momentary switch. You might want to replace the jumper so it is just on one pin to save it for later if needed.

      6. Placing the board so that the coil antenna is at the top, the ‘A’ relay is on the far right, with the ‘B’ relay just to its left.

      7. Each relay has 3 connections, A, B, & C. On my unit the A & B connections are the normally open ones, so that’s the ones you want to use for your awning.

      8. I put the Slide Out on the ‘A’ button and the Slide In on the ‘B’ button, i.e. A-Out.

      9. As shown in the attached photo, I took the A connection wires from both relays, added spade lugs and connected them to the red wire side of the key switch.

      10. I then took the B connection of the ‘A’ button relay (far right) and using a saddle tap, spliced it into the black Slide Out wire.

      11. Next I took the B connection of the ‘B’ button relay (2nd from the right) and spliced it into the brown Slide In wire.

      12. I left the manual switch in the circuit so I can use it again if needed.

      13. Now I press and hold the ‘A’ button to make the slide go out and then press and hold the ‘B’ to make the slide come in.

      Hopefully this all makes sense to you.

      Let me know if you need any more info.

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