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Old 05-26-2014, 12:01 PM   #21
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They don't install fiber optic, just in case, either.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:11 PM   #22
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So we are maybe back to the basic issue, which is, ...can I snake them extra wires down to the wall thermostat which I would then replace with a digital one, and have the unit coordinated with the furnace. OK. (Assuming this isn't stuff higher than my pay grade.)
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:18 PM   #23
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After reading all of this thread, i remember reading some other posts on the A/C option and installing after delivery. The digital thermostat is a pricy option too at $150 in the 19, but i ordered mine with both.

I like to tinker, but this is a large project that is better left to be professionally installed. Installing it yourself is one thing.
Getting it to work properly is another. Getting it working properly, consistantly AND under the A/C manufacturer's warranty is another thing entirely. Too often, you can buy and install a unit yourself, but if you have any issues, you may not have the manufacturer's support.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:34 PM   #24
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I've done a bit of "snaking" of wires in my 17, including adding a ceiling light, and no matter what they charge, I'd have Escape pre run the thermostat wiring to the AC if there is any chance you are going to add the dual thermostat. Getting a wire across the ceiling is tough, and fishing behind the side walls is as well.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:58 PM   #25
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Informative post over on FGRV regarding digital thermostats.

Digital Heater Thermostat? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-26-2014, 01:46 PM   #26
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MyronL,

I have a 2010 "AC ready". I removed the trim piece, easy to remove and reinstall. The 110v wire is there, ready for installation. I'd bet yours is the same. If your trailer roof reinforcement is the same as mine, on the outside of the roof you will see a raised channel leading to the a/c vent. The power connection runs through that channel. If you are going to snake a line it is possible that it will go will go down that channel.
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:51 PM   #27
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Good heads up, thanks, Viaj. (Speaking humbly)... what I have learned over the years is this: things put together with a time line/deadline on the line, are done faster than ever. Assembly needs to be smarter, cheaper, so it is more profitable. They don't screw things together like they used to, they snap 'em into place. They don't solder individual components, they print motherboards. Plug it and play it.

Knowing where the snaps are, or how steep the trail to disassembly is, is key.
Forgive this long-winded example: My '92 Explorer blew out its heater core. The mechanic shook his head and told me it was a six hundred dollar repair because Ford buried that heater core deep behind the dashboard, making accessibility labor intensive. He graciously lifted the hood to detour hoses so i could get home. After I got a couple more similar assessments I went online, found out you open the glove box, snap out a bezel, take out 3 screws, exposing the heater core, then with pliers on the other side of the firewall you pull off the 2 hoses and wallah! old core comes out, new goes in, 20 minutes have passed and the job is done.
Moral of story: I don't give a hoo-hah if it looks like brain surgery, often it aint. Of course now, my beloved brother in law wouldn't know which end of a hammer is the business end, sooo...

PS: re-read paragraph 2.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:09 PM   #28
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I am a little disappointed that ETI doesn't add key options like the digital thermostat when they start installing them for other customers. On key appliances like AC they should at least mention them even if it is not on their web site yet. I followed the forum up until the day we finalized our build sheet last Sept and the only digital thermostat that people talked about was after purchase options. It would have been very easy to add the wiring and I definitely would have paid for the option. A trailer hatched right beside ours had the digital thermostat installed but how would someone find out about this? It is still not listed as an option and it seems to be a popular option. I asked Reace about adding it now and he didn't think it could be done. Ok, I am done venting.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:15 PM   #29
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My turn to vent. Have you heard that somebody is having a margarita maker built into their fridge?
Seems to me that Escape already goes the extra mile.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:35 PM   #30
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Yeah, there is no way they could possibly list as an option, all of the features they have built into their trailers over the years. These thermostats are a relatively new feature to them. As things consistently gain popularity, and are a reasonable request (option), then they most certainly would. I would bet they have installed maybe a handful of dual purpose thermostats to date. As they see the requests for this feature increase, I would also bet you will see it listed as an option.

I fully believe they are doing everything possible to do what they can to provide what people want. I challenge anyone to go to any other trailer manufacturer, including big names like Airstream, and see if they offer, or would even consider, the many modifications and options that Escape does.

Done venting now myself.
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