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Old 03-05-2016, 02:17 PM   #31
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and the digital factory install also controls the heater as well as the a/c, can not do this aftermarket.
Yes, I wish I had known this before we got our 21 so we could have had this done for both heating and AC. However we will hardly ever use our AC, so if the digital thermostat just controls the furnace we will be happy. I gather that to install an after market unit you need a low voltage unit. Any advice on this and suggested brands/models, or is there a thread where this is already covered?

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I'm sure there are many others that will work, but I replaced the mechanical thermostat that came with my 17 with a Honeywell RTH111 Digital Thermostat purchased at Home Depot.

All the thermostats I've purchased in the past included an actual wiring diagram that showed the various contacts in the thermostat. Honeywell only shows the letter codes without any information on what they do. That wouldn't be a problem if one was replacing a standard thermostat since the old one would probably use the same letter codes, but the trailer thermostat was uncoded. They do have an 800 number for help, but before I called it I tried a Google search & found what letter was what. Wired it up, tried it out & everything works.
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Any digital will operate the furnace but a special interface is needed for the a/c. My 2012 had digital furnace only, the 2014 has both a/c and furnace.
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Any digital will operate the furnace but a special interface is needed for the a/c. My 2012 had digital furnace only, the 2014 has both a/c and furnace.

Are you sure about that? I thought I read that the Escapes needed a low voltage thermostat, or are all home thermostats low voltage?
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Are you sure about that? I thought I read that the Escapes needed a low voltage thermostat, or are all home thermostats low voltage?
Most home units are also low voltage, my house is 24 volts.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:29 PM   #36
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...tell me about the stereo upgrade? I'm wanting an XM unit but not finding any willingness from ETI to change the standard one and doing the swap after delivery. Greg
Maybe I don't understand your question but I purchased (and delivered) an upgraded stereo to ETI to install and paid an installation surcharge. I did not ask them to change their standard stereo. Again, maybe I've got the question wrong.
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Maybe I don't understand your question but I purchased (and delivered) an upgraded stereo to ETI to install and paid an installation surcharge. I did not ask them to change their standard stereo. Again, maybe I've got the question wrong.
Same here, and the installation charge included the under-cabinet housing for the stereo. Had them install an Alpine (which included the XM tuner and antenna.) They routed the XM antenna wire out the reefer vent and stuck it on the roof - probably would have worked fine inside the fiberglass trailer, though.
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Are you sure about that? I thought I read that the Escapes needed a low voltage thermostat, or are all home thermostats low voltage?
Google low voltage single stage heat only thermostat. Based on another member's review I ordered an Emerson, however the others are probably as good. Big improvement.
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Same here, and the installation charge included the under-cabinet housing for the stereo. Had them install an Alpine (which included the XM tuner and antenna.) They routed the XM antenna wire out the reefer vent and stuck it on the roof - probably would have worked fine inside the fiberglass trailer, though.
Thanks Karen and Charlie. My 21 build doc is still a work in progress, maybe the design change-over is clogging things up a little up there. My 19 build in 2013 was a bit smoother.

BTW, the xm antenna didn't work at all inside my 19, I was thinking the insulation blocked the signal. Putting it on the roof solved the problem.

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I found the same issue, antennas inside the trailer do not work, outside do. I mounted mine on the window glass to get better reception.
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