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Old 12-05-2014, 10:44 PM   #41
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And another mod bites the dust. What is left on your list?
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:51 PM   #42
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And another mod bites the dust. What is left on your list?
Yah Myron, tell me. I want to know what my next project will be since I always seem to be one step behind you and Mark

I've never been thrilled with the basic thermostat. Always figured sooner or later I'd snap off the lever as its' so hard to move. So when I saw your mod it jogged my memory that in my "junk too good to throw out" dept. I had a new unused thermostat. I don't have a junk drawer, I have a junk room

Unfortunately it's different from yours (Honeywell) and if I understand the wiring diagram correctly all I have to do is connect to R and W even though the terminal blocks don't seem to quite agree with the wiring diagram.

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Old 12-06-2014, 11:57 PM   #43
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There is a mod that you can do to the thermostat so that the lever will move more freely. However, you will have to ask Reace, since he did a tour of the trailers at an Escape Rally and did the mod. I wasn't paying close attention, but I think it involved a pen knife and took a couple minutes.
I find that if I am cold, I turn the thermostat up and if I am too warm, I turn it down. I don't really need to know that it is 72.34F
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:29 AM   #44
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Thanks Glenn but the digital one is just~nicer. Aside from be easier to operate I think the thing I'll like the most is being able to reach up in the dark and tap the button up or down. Knowing that each tap changes the setting 1* rather than moving the short lever and not really knowing how much you've adjusted it.

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Old 12-07-2014, 08:34 AM   #45
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Given the inconsistent labeling - it's hard to be sure. You can verify it with a VOM or continuity tester.

Connect it to the suspect terminals with the thermostat off or not calling for heat - should be open. Change the temp setting so it calls for heat - should be closed.
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Given the inconsistent labeling -
Thanks Doug. I'm a little bit puzzled why their instructions are what they are. Thought maybe I was missing something obvious. But, yes, I'll check the operation first before I install.

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Immediate next project---see upper right corner of photo. No puzzle there.
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:43 PM   #48
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You're freaking me out. No, not the thought of a breakfast burrito, well, come to think of it the thought of a breakfast burrito sort of does freak me out No, it's just that I've just come in from figuring out how I was going to mount the new thermostat. I've made an "adapter plate" because I wanted to use the existing holes and not drill more holes. Then I see your post and you've made an adapter plate. Great minds and all that

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Exacto-mundo! Drill no un-necessary hole before its time.
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Exacto-mundo! Drill no un-necessary hole before its time.
My thoughts exactly..........hehehe
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well, come to think of it the thought of a breakfast burrito sort of does freak me out
Do not question the culinary wisdom of Sir Myron. If you've never had the delectability that is the Breakfast Burrito, you don't know what you're missing.:
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If you've never had the delectability that is the Breakfast Burrito, you don't know what you're missing.:
Somehow, I'm sort of happy about that

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OK, done. Thanks Myron for jogging my memory that I had a new digital thermostat in my "resource materials" area. Don't have it mounted on exotic Tennessee Aromatic Cedar Coffee wood like yours but my salvaged oak does the job. Thermostat-free, adaptor plate-free; my favourite kind of project

What an improvement, as I said before, just being able to reach up in the middle of the night to adjust it without struggling with the factory unit is a huge improvement.

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You guys with the new thermostats, have you calibrated them and set them to the right heat and anticipator selections? There are some adjustments that should be made for set up, if I recall.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:01 PM   #56
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You guys with the new thermostats, have you calibrated them and set them to the right heat and anticipator selections? There are some adjustments that should be made for set up, if I recall.
Those (and other) settings are only for at least 3-wire setups with a separate fan wire. Our furnaces are all 2-wire, all (heat AND fan) or nothing
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There are some settable options such as: display format, heating cycles per hour, and something called "adaptive intelligent recovery" that allows the thermostat to "learn" how long it takes to reach temperatures etc. Sounds similar to the function of an anticipator. Don't know, all I know is it works great so far.

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Old 12-08-2014, 08:39 PM   #58
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Wait, wait.. I'm trying to catch up. Those that are thinking of modding the original thermostat... is there a problem if you DON'T have A/C. My thumb hurts every time I turn off the furnace in Ten Forward, but I didn't get the digital thermostat during my build, because I thought it was only a good option for those with A/C... which I don't have!
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No problem! We have AC but the wiring for the AC does not have anything to do with the thermostat...at least in our trailer and since you have no AC there is nothing to worry about!

Just two wires going to your heat thermostat. The one we used is for heat only. Easy-peasy. Go for it. We hated struggling with the on/off switch too...that's mainly why we changed it!


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Wait, wait.. I'm trying to catch up. Those that are thinking of modding the original thermostat... is there a problem if you DON'T have A/C. My thumb hurts every time I turn off the furnace in Ten Forward, but I didn't get the digital thermostat during my build, because I thought it was only a good option for those with A/C... which I don't have!
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What Fran said, Donna. And what Doug said (post#39.) Only thing to worry about is making certain the thermostat you buy is millivolt compatible, meaning it likes 12 volts.

Nice adaptive recovery, Ron.
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