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Old 12-08-2014, 09:08 PM   #61
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Hummm, I could swear (not really) there is some thread here on the EscapeForum that spoke to having the digital thermostat if you have A/C because the wiring would be different.

Am I losing my mind...
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:12 PM   #62
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I vaguely recall.
You might search AC with heat strip.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:16 PM   #63
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Am I losing my mind...
Yeah, but don't worry, you are in good company.

A simple non-programmable, heating only digital thermostat does the very same thing yours does. I changed mine out, and love it. It is so much easier to read the temperature, and the temperature setting.

You are likely thinking of the folks that want to control both the A/c and heat from the same thermostat. This has to be done at the factory with the wires for the A/C run to the 'stat (as well as those from the furnace), and digital is the only option
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:20 PM   #64
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My thumb hurts every time I turn off the furnace in Ten Forward,
Ditto all the other comments about whether you can retro-fit a digital thermostat.

My primary motivation was the difficulty of moving the on-off lever. I think it was just a matter of time before I broke it.

The secondary benefit is the ease of operation of the digital one. Not just the turning off and on but being able to reach over and easily make temperature adjustments much more accurately than the little lever would allow.

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Old 12-08-2014, 10:30 PM   #65
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Hummm, I could swear (not really) there is some thread here on the EscapeForum that spoke to having the digital thermostat if you have A/C because the wiring would be different.

Am I losing my mind...
Found out that the digital thermostat that controls both AC & heater is only available if you order AC as evidently it is a packaged unit. In other words you can't prewire the Dometic digital thermostat without ordering AC. Weird.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:31 PM   #66
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Yeah, but don't worry, you are in good company.

A simple non-programmable, heating only digital thermostat does the very same thing yours does. I changed mine out, and love it. It is so much easier to read the temperature, and the temperature setting.

You are likely thinking of the folks that want to control both the A/c and heat from the same thermostat. This has to be done at the factory with the wires for the A/C run to the 'stat (as well as those from the furnace), and digital is the only option
So, I was right. Am I going to regret not having the digital thermostat added during the build, even though I don't have A/C, but it's wired for the future?

Flip.. I don't want to run more wire under the "vinyl" when it becomes time to add A/C...

Or, is it okay to change it now (and save my thumb) and everything will be okay when A/C is added (in the future)?
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So, I was right. Am I going to regret not having the digital thermostat added during the build, even though I don't have A/C, but it's wired for the future?

Flip.. I don't want to run more wire under the "vinyl" when it becomes time to add A/C...

Or, is it okay to change it now (and save my thumb) and everything will be okay when A/C is added (in the future)?
Donna,
Am I reading this right: you got the pre-wire for AC? If that's the case, and the extra AC wiring is run to the present thermostat location, then you're close.
The stat that Myron installed is a heating only, on a subbase. The subbase is universal for the mfr's heating only and heating/AC stats. So, when you add AC, you change the stat, but not the subbase, and you have the AC wiring, which just needs to be hooked up.

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Or, is it okay to change it now (and save my thumb) and everything will be okay when A/C is added (in the future)?
No problem at all. The furnace only needs two wires and any thermostat can handle that. Even my basic non-programable one has terminals for A/C that I don't need now. But my trailer (and I believe all are now) is wired for A/C so maybe one day it'll used for that too. Although the power for the A/C is prewired the small thermostat wires for it would still have to be run to the thermostat but with the hollow walls etc. that's not a biggie.

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What the digital thermostat does, with or without the a/c option, is it eliminates temperature swings.
The stock thermostat has a coil spring that heats and cools and this turns the unit on/off. However if set at 68, it will heat until 72, you feel hot. It shuts off and then the temperature starts to drop to maybe 64 before the unit comes on again. this difference in temperature is called the "swing" and the bigger the swing, the more uncomfortable it becomes.
The digital unit can reduce this swing to maybe 2 degrees, on and off temperatures will feel more comfortable. So a digital is my choice.
Now with the a/c, it does the same function, the digital unit will reduce the hot/cold swing that you have with the stock thermostat on the a/c. In addition it will also shut off/on the a/c and eliminate you having to manually turn the unit on/off. Thus the digital option with ETI will make both a/c and heat more comfortable and you will not have to get up to turn the a/c fan off.
It is well worth the $150 option price, IMHO, to control the heat and cooling in your trailer similar to your home set up, assuming you have a modern thermostat at home that is. Myself, I have the Nest- works great
https://store.nest.com/product/thermostat/
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So, I was right. Am I going to regret not having the digital thermostat added during the build, even though I don't have A/C, but it's wired for the future?

Flip.. I don't want to run more wire under the "vinyl" when it becomes time to add A/C...

Or, is it okay to change it now (and save my thumb) and everything will be okay when A/C is added (in the future)?
You can swap out the existing one for a simple digital for $30, and 10 minutes work......done. This is what I did.

If you add A/C in the future, you can use the controls on the unit itself, which is quite common. Also something I will have to do if I add A/C, unless one does want to fish control wires in.

You can adjust the anticipator on your mechanical thermostat to cycle to what ever temperature swing you like.
How to Adjust a Mechanical Thermostat

I personally like to keep at least a 2°C (4°F) temperature swing in my trailer to minimize the cycling too much. Each cycle creates the nuisance start-up noises, as well as puts way more drain on the batteries with the fan running a while to ensure the clearing of flue gas before it lights up, on every cyle. I hardly notice the difference snuggled in my cozy bed. Plus, we are fine keeping the overnight temps at 9°C (48°F) at night to help keep the cycling down, and gain further battery energy savings.
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