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Old 05-13-2016, 05:59 PM   #1
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Moving AC controls to wall?

My wife cannot reach the overhead AC controls in our 265RLSW. We knew it when we purchased it. I've considered cutting a short stick with a notch in the end so she can reach up and turn them but she would not be able to really see what she is turning. I haven't taken the inside cover off yet but, has anyone attempted to move the controls for the AC to a wall panel control setup? There are two knobs (fan high/low, cool low/high and a temp knob). I'm assuming there are electrical connections for each that I could rewire and move the knobs to the wall. Just wondering if anyone has tried before. She of course gets the 51% vote on the AC setting so she needs to be able to adjust it. I do plan to put in a digital furnace thermostat. That seems very straightforward since it is already on the wall.

Also, will be adding an off off switch to the bedroom overhead light. Seems obvious to me that a wall switch for the bedroom light would be standard issue. My wife is 5'2" and cannot reach it. There is one in the bathroom but not the bedroom.
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I have a friend who has similiar a/c controls mounted on the unit itself, and he is interested in changing the controls to a more user friendly wall mount. I look forward to any and all replies, so I can pass the info along. Thanks for posting the question.
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:52 AM   #3
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You need to buy a new control box for inside the a/c, a thermostat and thermostat wire. Probably close to $150 +/-. The thermostat would cover both a/c and heat. Your current a/c controls are all 120 volt, the new box changes it to 12 volt which switches the 120 on/off.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:16 PM   #4
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You need to buy a new control box for inside the a/c, a thermostat and thermostat wire. Probably close to $150 +/-. The thermostat would cover both a/c and heat. Your current a/c controls are all 120 volt, the new box changes it to 12 volt which switches the 120 on/off.
This is the easy way to do it. I have a Coleman Mach 3 in my 26BH, and I converted it to use a regular house-style digital thermostat (I hate hearing the fan run when the unit isn't cooling). The conversion box is available for my unit, but I never purchased one - I rewired it myself with solid-state relays. It's not something I would recommend someone do themselves unless they have a very good understanding of high and low voltage electrical systems.

For me, the hardest part was fishing the control wire from the thermostat to the A/C unit.

It's an order of magnitude better for sure - you have much finer control over the actual temperature in the trailer, and with my conversion, I can control either heat or cooling with the flick of a switch.
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:10 PM   #5
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Funny you should post this. I have converted my A/C to the wall where the heat thermostat is located. (can't stand the fan continuously running without compressor being on) Used a Coleman A/C & Heat digital t-stat and conversion kit. There is a conversion kit available but in addition to that you will need T-stat wire, connectors, analog or digital t-stat, and a means to get the wire to the desired location. Having been in electronics for 30 years myself, it was fairly simple. May void your warranty though.

I bought all my parts from American RV Company but sure you can get them elsewhere. They were very helpful in getting the correct part numbers for my unit. All I need now is a return grille with easy-to-change filter.
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Funny you should post this. I have converted my A/C to the wall where the heat thermostat is located. (can't stand the fan continuously running without compressor being on) Used a Coleman A/C & Heat digital t-stat and conversion kit. There is a conversion kit available but in addition to that you will need T-stat wire, connectors, analog or digital t-stat, and a means to get the wire to the desired location. Having been in electronics for 30 years myself, it was fairly simple. May void your warranty though.

I bought all my parts from American RV Company but sure you can get them elsewhere. They were very helpful in getting the correct part numbers for my unit. All I need now is a return grille with easy-to-change filter.


You got a part number for the kit?
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:40 PM   #8
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You got a part number for the kit?

My A/C is the Coleman Mack III;

Coleman 8330-752 Control Package Trailer Camper RV $66.78

Coleman 8330-3362 Single Stage Heat/Cool with Display Thermostat Camper Trailer RV

Coleman 8330-3362 Single Stage Heat/Cool with Display Thermostat Camper Trailer RV $65.56

Coleman 8330-752 Control Package Trailer Camper RV
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Found this link for another way to do it.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...mod-24914.html
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Although there are several methods to utilize to accomplish the same result, it is extremely important for one to KNOW electrical systems and approach with caution for every aspect of safety. The last thing anyone wants is their rig burning to the ground or loss of life.
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