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Old 09-22-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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Anyone add a heat strip?

The camper is a 2003, it has a Coleman Mach 15K a/c with ducted vents. My local shop is checking with Coleman to see if I can add a heat strip but I figured I'd check with the experts on here.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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I'm a little confused what the purpose of the heat strip would be..., are you having an issue with the A/C that brought the heat strip in as a possible resolution?

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I've had them in the past and they don't really seem to put out much heat at all. Seems way more effective to to save some $$ and buy a couple 1500w space heaters and place them where you want them. At least that's what I've done.
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Rustic Eagle,

Heat strips are addons that go inside the AC housing and produce heat. I believe most are rated around 1500w which is standard for a space heater but I think the problem is the incoming fresh air blows across them too heavily for them to be very effective. Any I have had do ok if the outside temp is no colder than 55* or so. When it gets much colder than that they seem to blow mostly cool air.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:44 PM   #5
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Bryan, as far as I know , if your trailer has ducted vents then the heat strip is not available for the air conditioner. As you probably know they are only made to take the chill off a room and not made to be used in place of a heater or furnace. I have the 15,ooo btu Mach. Our trailer is ducted and the heat strip is not available . I plan on using a ceramic heater when I need it. It's amazing how much propane I go thru in heating our trailer.
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Last year I ran a separate electric cord inside so the main breaker wouldn't flip when I would run our two forced air heaters. I would run the roof air fan on low to circulate. Worked well for us.
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Rustic Eagle, Heat strips are addons that go inside the AC housing and produce heat.....snip
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I was a doubter as well. Until I slept in a camper with one. They put out way more heat than you would think. I know tlhdoc uses one and she camps all winter in PA. I had one added to my a.c. when I ordered my camper. They can be added on later. There was a post on one of the sites. I can't remember which one. If no luck here, try rv.net. Well worth the money.
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Not positive but my old rv with a Dometic AC had the heat strip option. I did not see it as a option on the Coleman AC.

I prefer a floor one that can be put where needed. We like to keep the camper on the crisp side.
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I've had them in the past and they don't really seem to put out much heat at all. Seems way more effective to to save some $$ and buy a couple 1500w space heaters and place them where you want them. At least that's what I've done.
That is what we do. Just make sure that the space heaters have a thermostat so you can adjust the temp. We also have a Kozy World catalytic heater for when electricity is to expensive.
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