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Old 02-12-2017, 01:27 PM   #1
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EasyStart 366 in a Dometic 6815xxx

After all of the discussion in some other threads, I bought the Micro-Air EasyStart 366 and installed it today. I have a 2012 25FB with the Dometic 6815 series(low-profile) 15,000 btu heat pump.
I have attached 3 pictures. The first picture is the A/C electric box, cover removed. The second picture is the 366 board mounted to the electric box cover. The third picture is the connections made to the board and the cover ready to reinstall.
The installation initially appeared to be simple. Micro-Air provided good instructions and drawings. With the 366, I had to make-up my own wires and buy a new starting capacitor. I had to cut and splice a couple of wires, put spade connectors on wires, trace some wires and connect to the board or the new capacitor. All of that took about an hour.
Now for the difficult part! I tried to reinstall the cover(with the board attached) and it would not fit. The run capacitor was in the way.
In the first pic you can see the run capacitor mounted vertically and the start capacitor mounted horizontally underneath it. After much head scratching, I remounted the start capacitor vertically to the left of the run capacitor and pushed the run capacitor down to the bottom of the box. That provided enough room for me to close the cover.
You would never be able to fit the EasyStart 364 in its own enclosure into this electric box. If you bought the 364, you might be able to mount it in the fan compartment, but you would need to drill out a hole large enough for a grommet to pass the wires through to the electrical box. It took me another 2 hours to get everything to fit, secure it all, and fire it up.
On the plus, plus side the EasyStart is amazing! No more earth-shaking kathunk when the heat pump starts up! I did not test with my generator but Matteo's testing shows I should be OK with my 2K Yamaha.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:53 PM   #2
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Wow, tight fit. Will have to double-check our heat pump model # and available space within our unit before ordering one of these devices. Would love it if Micro-Air were to publish a YouTube video showing how to install either the 366 or the 364 into a low-profile Dometic unit like the ones on all modern Airstreams (e.g. your unit).

I noticed that the way you mounted the 366 board on the casing causes it to bridge over that bend, increasing the amount of physical space required by the board within the box. What were your thoughts about mounting the 366 to the flat part of the lid? Did that approach leave even less room?

Also, thanks so much for sharing your experience!
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There is even less room behind the flat part, unfortunately. Dometic did not waste any space.

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Good to know, thanks. I figured you had tried it out, but wanted to ask.
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I am very glad to hear it reduced the noisy "clunk".
I'm not so happy to hear about your struggles with finding space. I ordered the 364, but am waiting for warmer weather to do the install. I'm hoping for easy, but how often does that happen?
Thanks for posting.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:58 AM   #6
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Post where you end up mounting the 364 if you have the same low-profile heat pump.

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Thanks for the report. I'm likely going to do this in the spring.
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Let us know how your Yamaha generator works with the unit.
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I won't be doing any boondocking until June; the generator will stay at home until then. But, I will try to remember to report after that trip.
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Micro-air makes two versions of the 364. In the case of the low profile Penguin II unit, I believe you will want the IP65 364. It is in a beige watertight case and can be located in a more open area. Matteo should probably chime in here. I'm not sure this new model is available in larger quantities or available at all right now. He did send me this unit for my Penguin II low profile unit for my 2017 AS. I have not installed yet, but will be documenting it here with lots of pictures and help from Matteo.
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As I said, you could probably mount the 364 in the adjacent fan enclosure and route the wires through a new cutout to the electric box. It might be too tight to get 4 more wires through the existing cutout.

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As I said, you could probably mount the 364 in the adjacent fan enclosure and route the wires through a new cutout to the electric box. It might be too tight to get 4 more wires through the existing cutout.

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Matteo warned me just not to mount anywhere where heat would blow on the unit (364).
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Can any of you please give me the link to Matteo's recent post about the discount program they have going on now? I skimmed through it the other day but I can't seem to find it now.
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Can any of you please give me the link to Matteo's recent post about the discount program they have going on now? I skimmed through it the other day but I can't seem to find it now.
I think it got removed by mods as an advertisement. Memory?......help me out folks....was it "Airstream" in the promo box at checkout?
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