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Old 05-22-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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AC with wall thermostat or not?

Which is better AC with thermostat on the wall or one you turn on and off at the unit?
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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I just bought a 13.5k Dometic Penguin II with heat strip and thermostat. The thermostat will also tie into my furnace down the road. The thermostat will allow you to set a max/min temp to keep the TT cool/warm while you are away. And would also save you having to get up in the middle of the night to manually turn on/off the a/c or heat.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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Whichever one keeps you consistently cool with the least amount of noise and energy consumption.

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Whichever one keeps you consistently cool with the least amount of noise and energy consumption.

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I like this answer!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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I like this answer!!
Thanks but it sounded like I was being a wiseass and I really wasn't. More of a generic (thus unhelpful) answer.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:41 PM   #6
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Thanks but it sounded like I was being a wiseass and I really wasn't. More of a generic (thus unhelpful) answer.
It actually funny to me! It is so true. I can worry so much about details and the technical stuff and forget the most important thing, staying cool. Haha!
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:49 PM   #7
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I changed the Attwood heater thermostat in our Bambi to a Dometic digital unit that controls Attwood, the heat strip and the A/C. Now I can control the temperature without getting out of bed no matter what season we are 'streaming....
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I think you'll appreciate AC controlled through a thermostat... set it, forget it ... until you want to change the setting.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #9
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My answer is: if you're short (like me) you want the thermostat on the wall. If you're tall, anywhere you want it. My world is "different" sometimes!

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Just be advised that the location of the thermostat will require you to play around until you find a setting that cools/heats to the desired temp. 73 degrees in the bedroom (A/C) allows me to hang meat in the front of my trailer (15,000 BTU unit). The register placement when I have the furnace on also takes some Kentucky windage as the small, round register in the BR doesn't balance with the other registers up front. It's really OK, but you do have to get used to this. AND if you can get used to the heat pump setting on the roof Dometic without your Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones, or your ear protectors -- well, you have some kind of hearing loss!
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Yes, that heat pump is LOUD! If it's cold outside, I think it makes sense to use it during the day while you're out doing other things to take the chill off the AS then switch to the furnace when spending more time inside the AS. But I'm still figuring all this out :-)
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #12
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You are all sharing such interesting things that I didn't know. I didn't know it was so loud!
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There is another aspect. The thermostat usually has a tighter temp range. Overhead controls sometimes have a +/- of 8-10 degrees, whereas the wall thermostat can be around 3-6 range. What that means is that if you have controls on the ceiling unit, and you think you set it for 70 degrees, it may not come on until it is 75, and may not shut off until 65. That can really impact comfort levels. Many regular units can be controlled by thermostats. Coleman makes a good digital one that incorporates the LP furnace for about $65, but there are also guys that get battery powered ones from Lowes for about $20 and make them work. There are several posts on this at RV Mods, RV Modifications, RV Upgrades, RV Tips, RV eBooks | ModMyRV.com .
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thanks for the link, cool site
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