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Old 12-17-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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AC Heat Strip

Does anyone know if the AC knob has a red side along with the blue, does that mean it has a heat strip is built into the AC unit, or is that something you need to have added?
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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The only way to tell is when it is cool turn it on, turn it all the way up. Do you get heat? If you do it has a heat strip.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:20 PM   #3
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Yeah did that, and it did not really heat up. I need to pull the filter and look inside to see if I can see it, or look for a sticker on my roof unit on my 19H.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:25 PM   #4
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On my AC unit, the heat strip is an option. From what I can tell, your fan control speed knob will have a position that is labeled heat. If you fan speed control knob has two positions that are labeled the same, then your unit can have the heat strip option added.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:09 PM   #5
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On my Airxcel AC the heat strip is an option. Jagiven's post is correct. You would get a new control knob with the kit, and one of the fan positions would now be for heat. You have to drop the filter / access panel first, and the heat strip mounts on the ceiling assembly. I don't remember how many watts it is rated for, but is was about the same as a hair blow dryer so we stayed with a small electric space heater. The kit seemed easy enough to install and was about $50 at a local RV dealer. I'm sure you could find a lower price with a little searching. Airxcel stated up front the heat strip is not a furnace substitute.

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Old 12-17-2012, 08:59 PM   #6
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As the others have said there will be a heat setting on the control knob. I have had a heat strip in my current Coleman AC unit and in my Carrier Air V that I had on my PU. The heat strips do work. They blow a lot of air so the air does not get hot. It only feels warm, but it is producing as much heat as a portable electric heater. The heat strip also circulates the hot air through out the camper, and is great for circulating the hot air the furnace blows out. If you have a hybird or PU with bunkends the AC/heat blows the air into the bunkends too.
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thldoc, thanks for your input. I'm going to reconsider adding a heat strip after reading your post. I have a x17z also, and warm air blowing into the bunks ends sounds like a good idea; so does circulating the furnace output. When I first considered adding a heat strip, I wanted to save the space a portable heater takes, and free-up an electrical outlet. But those things weren't worth $50 to me. Airxcel is a Coleman product so we're probably talking about basically the same product with a different label. Their name for the kit is Elect-A-Heat.

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Old 12-18-2012, 08:31 AM   #8
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Thanks for the advice. I think I will put that on my list for spring mods to get it installed. I would also think it would be handy for those rainy damp days when you are turtled up with the ends not extended.
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thldoc, thanks for your input. I'm going to reconsider adding a heat strip after reading your post. I have a x17z also, and warm air blowing into the bunks ends sounds like a good idea; so does circulating the furnace output. When I first considered adding a heat strip, I wanted to save the space a portable heater takes, and free-up an electrical outlet. But those things weren't worth $50 to me. Airxcel is a Coleman product so we're probably talking about basically the same product with a different label. Their name for the kit is Elect-A-Heat.

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thldoc, thanks for your input. I'm going to reconsider adding a heat strip after reading your post. I have a x17z also, and warm air blowing into the bunks ends sounds like a good idea; so does circulating the furnace output. When I first considered adding a heat strip, I wanted to save the space a portable heater takes, and free-up an electrical outlet. But those things weren't worth $50 to me. Airxcel is a Coleman product so we're probably talking about basically the same product with a different label. Their name for the kit is Elect-A-Heat.

Tracy, I always enjoy your posts - you have something to say.
I put the heat strip in our son's X17Z and they love it. Keeps them warm and toasty on those cool nights.
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