Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-13-2015, 08:30 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
gypsmjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Wheatfield
Posts: 333
Need new Thermostat

We just have a simple furnace with no attached air conditioner. The thermostat we have is really crappy. First of all, the set point is merely analog with no "numbers", thus its trial and error. Second, and most of all, the on/off switch is so hard to operate I'm afraid I'll break it one of these days.

Anybody recommend a heat only thermostat that would be a better upgrade? Obviously, it would need to operate on 12V dc.

TIA
__________________

gypsmjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2015, 08:47 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
mike837go's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Campbell Hall
Posts: 2,837
The good news is that a normal 'home' thermostat would work. An RV heater only needs a 'dry closure' to create a call for heat.


However, you need an RV thermostat or an A/C capable one because you need an Off position.


A battery operated digital thermostat from one of the home stores should work.


Because I use it so infrequently, I tolerate the wide temperature swings and guessing the setting.
__________________

__________________
TT 2015 19RD "TheJayco"
TV 2003 F-350 "Montblanc" - Housebroken chore truck


Sitting in The Cheap Seats.
And proud of it!
mike837go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2015, 09:07 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 41
I've had good luck using baseboard thermostats, a bit overkill for running a furnace.
__________________
2012 Jayflight 28 BHS
2014 F150, 5.0 L, 3.55 axle
Curious by Nature is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2015, 09:42 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
klpoppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Hamilton/Cincinnati
Posts: 240
I actually replaced mine today with a Honeywell digital home thermostat. I had the cheap mechanical one that was useless. Took me a whole 15 minutes to switch it out. Take the red/white wire that is hooked up to the "RH" terminal and hook it up to the RH terminal on the new thermostat. Take the other wire from the "W" terminal and hook it up to the "W" terminal on the new thermostat. Test it then mount it. It's that simple. I got a non-programable one with both heat and AC controls however I am using it for heat only. It is battery powered. All it does it connect the leads when it calls for heat. It is not powered by the furnace.
__________________
2014 Jayflight Swift 264BH
2015 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 SCrew 3.5 EcoBoost Max Tow
Equalizer 10K
klpoppe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2015, 01:04 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
tawoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Tupper Lake
Posts: 218
Hard to use (hurts fingers) has been posted many times so your not alone. You would think they could build one that is easier to shut off and on.
I took mine apart and bent the little metal clip so it works easier.
__________________
As long as everything is the way I want I'm totally flexible.
tawoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2015, 03:48 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
us71na's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: McKean, PA
Posts: 428
Dometic makes a nice digital RV thermostat. It works for heat or A/C.

They make a similar model for heat pumps.
__________________
2011 Skylark 21FKV
us71na is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2015, 04:59 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
gypsmjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Wheatfield
Posts: 333
Here's my follow-up...

I bought a Honeywell heat only battery operated TS online. Several that posted reviews said that they installed it in an RV, so that was a good sign.

Got it in the mail just before we were leaving to go to camp, so it got installed right away.

It was snowing, so we spent the day in the TT. I set it at various temps and charted the performance. It would start the furnace at 1 degree below the set point, and stop 2 degrees above it. My thermometer on the other end of the trailer read the same as the digital temp on the unit.

Couldn't be more pleased. When we leave to go hunting, or to town to the grocery store, I can set it at 50 and it will maintain perfectly. 70 when we're inside and 60 at night.

Best of all, the on-off switch is a simple click and I don't feel like I'm going to break it.

The old unit is in the new box under the seat, as a backup just in case.
gypsmjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2015, 05:50 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Bellingham
Posts: 15
Look at Home Depot for a Honeywell stat. They have many choices at great prices. I just replaced mine and it works great.
__________________

tloynd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.