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Old 11-20-2011, 03:51 PM   #21
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I may not understand what's being discussed here. It sounds like these strips are installed in front of the ac fan and their heat is distrbuted throughout the trailer via the ceiling duct. I can't see how this tad of warmth, up on the ceiling, would stay inside very long or do much good below the shoulders. But I'd like the idea of them in front of the furnace fan along with a switch allowing for a very low fan speed.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:25 PM   #22
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U find them allot in popups. My Coleman popup had the combo. I prefered using a space heater, it was quieter.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:30 PM   #23
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Instead of starting a new topic, thought I would bring this one back.

I like the heat strips as well, had one in our old Antigua and it got used quite often. So I'm thinking about adding one (or two) to the 5th. My camper isn't here at the moment so I hope that maybe someone here knows the answer. To get the heat strip to work off the thermostat, there needs to be another wire going from the thermostat to the A/C. Traditionally this wire would be white (or white with black stripe). Does anyone know of Jayco has run this wire which would make the addition of a heat strip some what easy?
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:06 AM   #24
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...Does anyone know of Jayco has run this wire which would make the addition of a heat strip some what easy?
I don't know if Jayco ran that wire (I doubt it since it would cost them more; someone else will have to chime in on that one), but if they didn't, you could steal one of the fan wires for that and just run the fan on one speed only. You would need to change out the existing thermostat for a heat pump thermostat and connect the reversing valve lead to the heat strip relay unless you plan on running the heat strip while running the furnace, in which case you could just hook up the wire running to the relay for the heat strip to the furnace terminal (I would install a heat pump thermostat to allow running the heat strip only but that is just my personal preference). If keeping the original thermostat or getting a heat punt thermostat with a two speed fan switch (like all the Colemans have), I would suggest putting a jumper across the two fan terminals so the fan will keep running if some "helpful" person decides to change fan speed. Being the anal old bi...broad that I am, I would change out the thermostat to one that had a single speed fan switch even if I was stealing a fan wire. Also, if getting a heat pump thermostat, make sure the reversing valve terminal is normally off when using the A/C (most are but there are a few oddballs out there).
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:24 AM   #25
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Interesting idea on the fan wire, and one which is pretty easily done as well. My camper comes home tomorrow morning and I'll take some things apart to see if the wire is there. Hopefully they ran that wire, but since I don't see the heat strip as a Jayco option, I suspect that you may be correct. Why run wires for an option that isn't offered?
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Couple links for ya Bob:

http://www.modmyrv.com/2008/07/12/rv-ac-heat-strip

http://rvbasics.com/techtips/rv-air-...eat-strip.html
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The article is a little deceptive, you CAN add a heat strip to a ducted A/C. All that's needed is the element / control box and the proper thermostat, although you could likely modify your existing thermostat with a toggle switch. The heating element requires a wire from the thermostat to the control box. If that wire is not run already, then it'll either have to be run or sacrifice a fan wire as noted above.

I am planning on checking tomorrow my camper, but I am pretty sure that if the wire is not there in the bedroom, running the wire would be easy, basically by running a complete new set of wires using the original wires to pull the new set through the walls / ceiling. I don't know if this could be the case for the main A/C, but I suspect it could be.

We don't usually use out furnace, but sometimes the air is a bit brisk and we just need that little bit which is perfect for the heating elements to handle. At this point, it's an academic exercise just to see if / how it can be done.
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...I am planning on checking tomorrow my camper, but I am pretty sure that if the wire is not there in the bedroom, running the wire would be easy, basically by running a complete new set of wires using the original wires to pull the new set through the walls / ceiling...
I've also thought of using the original t-stat cable to pull a new one through but I'm concerned that the wire may bind where it makes the bend to go into the hole in the framing at the top of the wall. If you actually tackle the project, I'm eager to see if using the old cable to pull the new one is actually feasible.
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Just a few comments on heat strips. I have used one in 2 different campers for 14 years. I camp all year long both in the hybrid I have not and the PU I use to have. I very rarely use the furnace. If I am paying for electric I might as well use it.

1. They do work. They put out 1500 btus, the same as a cube heater. The air is moving so fast over the heating element that the air does not feel very warm, but it does warm the air.

2. It is always in the camper.

3. Children and pets will not knock it over.

4. If you are in a hybrid or a popup it will circulate the air into the bunkend.

5. The "white noise" the fan produces is good for blocking out the noise of rowdy neighbors or a loud snorer.
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I completely agree with the benefits of the heat strip, I prefer the subtle gentle heating vs the harsh in your face that the furnace puts out on a chilly evening.

When I was investigating the installation of A/C #2, I found the thermostat wires in the wall and ceiling. They really seemed as though they were laying very loosely as I was able to gently tug on the ceiling portion and see the wall portion move freely.

Now when replacing wires this way, you need to be 1000% certain that they are fixed together securely since if the old and new wires separate in the wall that would NOT be very good. I am certainly going to check the wires tomorrow and will likely run the extra because I am psychotic that way! Even if I never put in a heat strip I will know that it is ready to be done easily and that's good enough for me, and most importantly we'll all know that it can be done and it's sure to benefit someone.
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