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Old 07-27-2018, 11:41 AM   #1
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Electric heat strip

Is it possible to add the electric heat strip to the Escape air coditioner ?
I understand some people rather use a portable heater or object to the noise but if one wished to add the heater will the A/C accept one and do you have to modify the factory controls ?

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Old 07-27-2018, 12:03 PM   #2
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I don't know the answer to your question but I can tell you when I was shopping for a trailer most of what I read about the heat strip was it wasn't worth paying extra for it. As most people that had them opted to use a stand alone electric heater as it provided more heat and was quieter.
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Old 07-27-2018, 12:04 PM   #3
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I'm not aware of a heat strip availability for our a/c model, I have in the past 3 Escapes and plan on repeating in my new one, installing a small, 700 watt, wall heater, under the bed, facing the bath. Easy to install and a warm bath is heaven in the winter.
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We have a heat strip in our air conditioner and use it when it is very humid and the windows are fogged up. It clears the windows and drops the moisture levels in the trailer quickly. You have to be plugged in to use it and It is as loud as using the air conditioner.
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Old 07-27-2018, 12:11 PM   #5
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The electric heat strip for the Dometic A/C is not for controlling the temp in the trailer. Per Dometic, it is used to take the chill out on cold days but cannot be controlled by the thermostat. You turn it on and when the temp is warm, manually turn it off.

AC Heat Strip VS Electric Kickspace Heater

Also, there seems to be an issue with the Dometic Heat strip melting the plastic.

https://www.heartlandowners.org/show...n-Dometic-unit
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Old 07-27-2018, 12:13 PM   #6
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I stand corrected, there must be an option for it Steve, sorry I misspoke....
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It seems that the plastic melting issue is with the air distribution box. Dometic makes two models - one with a plastic air distribution box and one with a metal one. IF you have the plastic air distribution box (like ours), then Dometic says do NOT to install the heat strip as it would melt the plastic and could cause a fire.

ps. I remembered this because my old trailer had a Coleman and I liked the convenience of A/C and heat together. After wondering why there wasn't a heat strip kit for the Dometic in my trailer, I found out why.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:41 PM   #8
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Heat rises. A heater on the floor will provide better heat distribution than a heater on the ceiling. Just one more factor in the mix.
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:37 PM   #9
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if this heat strip is a radiant heater, mounting them high lets them heat surfaces within line of sight below them.
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:30 PM   #10
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We have a 2017 21' Escape with an electric heat strip on our Dometic A/C. It was installed by ETI as a $125 (CA) unlisted option. It is controlled by the digital thermostat, where it has its own icon. Loud, but works great for morning warm ups and other daytime use.
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