Smartphone app for levelling & positioning ref. sun

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  1. Wombles

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    There is a free smartphone app from Truma that looks useful:
    "An absolute highlight of the Truma app are two camping tools: Where is the best place for my vehicle? Where is the sun at what time? The Truma sun dial helps select the right position and slot for the vehicle via a compass that shows where and when the sun rises and sets and where it reaches its highest point. And that's not all. The Truma app also has a vehicle levelling function to ensure that the caravan or motorcaravan is perfectly horizontal. Just place your smartphone on the floor of the vehicle, enter the axle distance and the app will guide you through the levelling process with brief voice instructions and acoustic signals."
    See http://www.truma.com/int/en/press-events/truma-app.php
    It's easier to use than it sounds & is available free on Google Play or iTunes (y) Like things that makes life easier!
     
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    To position, I normally just look up at the sun.. and for leveling a small spirit level I have on my key ring

    never went wrong yet..
     
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    pour a glass of wine, as long as it stays on the table its good enough!:D
     
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    Mmmm sounds handy if you're into gadgets not sure I could go to all that trouble.
    Not bothered where the sun comes up or goes down in relation to the van being parked.
    Not bothered about level either but do have a little post spirit level £1.50 B&Q drop it on the table as we park gotta have my head higher than my feet in bed.
    Takes all of 5 seconds. :)
     
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    We do have a little level too but other half already has a basic app for this & always whips his phone out! So now with what looks like a better app he is very happy so thought I would share the joy in case there are other boys out there that like their gadgety toys:D
     
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    Got a spirit level app and a satfinder app but the site I'm on now, the only way to get a level pitch would be via the use of a large roller type thingy. However since I love gadgets I'm going to download it anyway on the proviso that if I forget my phone is on the floor and I stand on it you will give me yours (y)(y)(y)

    Tested - it's pretty good Wombles, unfortunately I'm travelling solo which makes it a bit more difficult to get that basketball in the hoop on the levelling! Ps I used the dinette table rather than the floor being the clumsiest person ever conceived.
     
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    Thanks, I'll give it a go though I have a compass for when the sun is obscured and a little thing with two spirit levels for working out where the levelling ramps go, or ramp singular on the current site we are on.

    Our biggest mistake on our first trip to sunny Europe was adopting the UK habit of wanting as much sun as possible.

    Now we always park as far as possible with the entrance and awning on the north side so we can sit in the shade.
     
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    I think it will be a popular app. Loads of people on rallies, if they cannot see it because of cloud or darkness, the first question they ask is where is the sun most of the day?
     
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    Handy to know as I like to keep the sun off the fridge vents if possible, if putting the awning out isn't possible. Recently got a fridge fan fitted on the advice of a fellow motorhomer, will see how it works in the summer :)
     
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    Sorry to hi jack ........ Fridge fan please explain I'm intrigued
     
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    Went to get the app-seems my HTC phone isn't 'smart' enough :( so I'll just rely on our cross spirit level on work surface just inside hab door.
     
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    If you have a tablet should run on that :)
     
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    It's a fan which kicks in automatically when it reaches a certain temperature outside the van. It's fitted inside the fridge vent, like I say it was suggested to me by someone who had also had problems with the fridge struggling to keep cool in temperatures over 30 C. They are not expensive, especially since I have had to replace a fridge already (under warranty thankfully) :whew:
     
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    Don't give me a reason to buy a tablet, please! Love gadgets (y)
     
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    Well, I think it a useful app and we do like to park or van just right for the sun, so thanks.
     
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    Thanks for sharing that info, works great

    Joyce
     
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    Just need an app to stop us squabble over which pitch to park on now and if we should reverse or drive in. Thanks
     
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    We have the problem of smart phones but dumb driver.
     
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    I usually like to park with my awning facing roughly south. The fridge is on the awning side which isn't ideal but the awning keeps most of the sun off if it's out. Facing the awning North the sun is on the 'unprotected' side of the MH so although it's cooler under the awning, the MH interior heats up too much.
    In the UK it doesn't matter so much as the sun will be behind cloud most of the time and the awning will be out to give a sheltered area to dry the dog.
     
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