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Old 06-26-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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A/C Heat Strip

Hi Folks, Just wondering if any one has installed a heat strip in their Jayco class C. I know the A/C model number and know that it is a coleman. I spoke to Coleman and the said that I would have to change out the control box and the thermostadt , but they also said that I would have to run a new wire to the thermostadt to the A/C through the ceiling and down the wall.


if any one has done this before could you let me know, I am cusrious if this is worth doing. I had a heat strip in my old TT but that was Dometic.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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I have a Coleman AC in my camper. I had the dealer install the heat option before I picked it up. I have several friends that have installed the heat option themselves, but their trailers did not use a wall thermostat. They adjusted the temp at the AC unit. I know adding the control box is not hard to do, but running the wire could be a pain.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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I've been toying with the heat strip idea, but it will require an additional wire from the A/C to the thermostat (or a new set of wires) and that's what is stopping me. Other than that the addition shouldn't be difficult at all.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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You will also need a new two stage(gas heat/elec heat) thermostat, since the thermostat controls the furnace, along with the new control box. Running the wire may be very easy depending on where the thermostat is located. I installed heat strips in both our a/c units. Luckily the rear thermostat did not control a furnace so the heat function was open. The front one required the new thermostat. You only need one more wire.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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It's not pretty, but I bought a electric oil heater and put it in the middle of the floor for extra heat and also use it in the winter for light heating for everyday. It's very simple and works great and the type I bought is very safe.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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It would be nice to need a heater. Right now I am wanting a 2nd A/C unit in the house.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:48 AM   #7
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We were just out in Tx. I'm not sure how y'all stand that heat. Between my wife and I we lost 6lbs on our road trip. Stay cool
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DtMaurer,
My gas mileage on one day leg of a recent trip yielded 4.5mpg. Heat, hills and running genset to cool half the house while traveling. We shut the mid-coach privacy door to keep house a/c up front...
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