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Old 06-11-2015, 10:22 AM   #1
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Heat strip?

How effective is the optional heat strip in the A/C? It's nice that if we're going to be plugged in, we can get heat without using propane... but I'm wondering if the heat strip works well?

Is this actually a heat pump?

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Old 06-11-2015, 10:41 AM   #2
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I have a Casita with a heat strip and it knocks off the chill after a while. The A/C fan is too noisey for us, we like a cube heater, more heat less noise.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:06 AM   #3
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A small ceramic/quartz type heater is very quiet and easy to store. Love this one:

Heaters | Portable Electric | Comfort Zone® Heater Ceramic Oscillating CZ448 Black 750 / 1500W | B1191210 - GlobalIndustrial.com

The heat strip option is just a resistive type heater element added in the box.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:13 AM   #4
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I installed a small electric wall heater in both my 19 and 21 Escapes, always with me and no cords to worry about.
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I too would be inclined to go with a small cube, or a wall mount like Jim's. We keep a small cube in our trailer, but it has been a couple years since it was used. It seems the only time we camp with 120V hookups, it is way too hot to need heat anyway.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:28 AM   #6
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Great feedback. Thanks all!
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:47 PM   #7
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If anyone has the AC heater strip installed and the digital thermostat:

do both the propane heater and the AC heater come on at same time, or is there a switch to control that?
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If anyone has the AC heater strip installed and the digital thermostat:

do both the propane heater and the AC heater come on at same time, or is there a switch to control that?
It is either heat strip or furnace. It cannot not be both.The Dometic thermostat has four settings, heat, cold, furnace and heat strip. I hope this info helps.

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Old 11-24-2015, 04:29 PM   #9
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Thank you, it does.
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:09 PM   #10
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Is this actually a heat pump?
Although RV air conditioners with a heat pump mode exist (I have one in a larger trailer), I've never heard of an Escape being equipped with this type of unit. I suspect that the heat pump feature is only offered on larger units.
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