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Old 01-28-2015, 06:17 PM   #1
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heatpump or not to heatpump

We plan on ordering a 2015 pinnacle 35FBTS this weekend. One of the options is to add the heat pump. From what I can find they are kind of noisey. Does anyone have any experience with using one? Does it do a better/worse job of cooling? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:19 PM   #2
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I would get it. It is my understanding that you can heat with electric alone and save your propane down to a certain temp.
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That's what I understand also. I am more concerned with how noisey it is and if it cools as well as the standard ac. I hate being hot and I can always turn the furnace on if the outside temp gets too low. I hate being cold also. Makes sense I work outside year around.
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They have a higher efficiency rating than a standard air cond. I love ours and no louder than an air cond.
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It is my understanding that RV heat pumps can only be used when the outside temperature is above freezing (usually to a low of about 40 or so degrees) because they do not have a defrost cycle. Another form of heat, propane or resistance electric, would have to be employed when the outside temperature dips below operating limit of the heat pump.
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I vote NO. To noisy..wears out the compressor faster...cheaper to replace ceramic heater than A/C unit. I had one in a previous RV. Elect heat strips OK.
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Another thought: Unless the electricity at your site is metered, that's the only way you'll realize any cost savings on electric with a heat pump. If you're camping and paying a flat rate for electric, there's no benefit except for the satisfaction of being a little more environmentally friendly by conserving electricity.
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Have one on our 375BHFS and LOVE IT! It took a couple trips using it to get use to it the cycling between the heat pump and the furnace (as others mentioned, it only works down to about 40*.) It's not any louder than running the AC, which in our unit the whisper quiet AC is just that. For the little bit it adds to the cost I highly recommend them.
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On a new trailer being built,I would add on both ac's.
I'm an ac tech by trade and I don't think they are any more pron to problems than ac's.
Make sure it does have the heat strip option.
I did a little research and correct they do not "defrost" so it has a low temp cutoff (some 40 others 45) but if in southern half of US most time not a problem .
If either one of my units dies then I will change it to a heatpump & strip BUT I will modify it by adding a "defrost control"
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They have a higher efficiency rating than a standard air cond. I love ours and no louder than an air cond.
Ditto !

On the new models they're pretty quiet. When guest come over I have them stay in RV (or we do )) and we have used the Heat Pump on those cold nights. Adequately keeps you worm. Asked the neighbor if he can hear it ...."Nope". All is good.

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