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Old 08-20-2007, 05:58 PM   #29
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Good afternoon everyone... On the subject of heat strips, we put one in our other Argosy when we put the new A/C in... didn't like it and would not waste our money again on one.. just our opinion

Sorry.... but, you're in Canada... that would be like lighting a match with the hope of taking the chill off -10 degrees...

It works like the dickens with most of our winters... Damn! At the rate we're using propane for cooking and the furnace, we have to refill the tanks about every 6+ months!
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Good afternoon everyone... On the subject of heat strips, we put one in our other Argosy when we put the new A/C in... didn't like it and would not waste our money again on one.. just our opinion
I've found the heat strip sort of useless also. Problem is that it takes to long to provide any meaningful warmth and it can't be controlled (at least with the A/C units I have owned), by the thermostat. I end up turning it off, then getting cool and turning it on again.

While there is a price to pay for a heat pump, and yes there is some wear and tear on the compressor due to it running more, it does save propane, it runs off the thermostat, and for all intents can push a decent amount of heat out (far more than the heat strip). We use the heat pump in the spring and fall unless the temps fall below 45 or so.

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Old 08-20-2007, 07:31 PM   #32
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Worked just peachy at 38. Fleece pull over and sweats, our friend Jack D. and a game of cards with vintage radio shows on CD... 32, it sucked, furnace time and man-o-man, soooo fine!
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Worked just peachy at 38. Fleece pull over and sweats, our friend Jack D. and a game of cards with vintage radio shows on CD... 32, it sucked, furnace time and man-o-man, soooo fine!
Hi Bill,

Sounds like a nice evening. I have an old Admiral tube radio in storage since I moved into the Trade Wind a few years ago, now in the Excella. Last time I turned it on was about 2 in the morning and I got Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. Old radio, old shows.

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Hi Bill,

Sounds like a nice evening. I have an old Admiral tube radio in storage since I moved into the Trade Wind a few years ago, now in the Excella. Last time I turned it on was about 2 in the morning and I got Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. Old radio, old shows. Vaughan
I know what you mean, Vaughan. Something nice about an Airstream and those oldies...

Wish the heat strips/pumps worked better down to about 25-30 so as to save on propane. For the most part, they work well down here. Can anyone tell me if the capacity of the strip/pump corresponds to the size of the unit - 13,500 vs. 15K? Or is the heating ability the same on both. We're still going back & forth as to upgrading to a larger A/C unit for our 30'.
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Hi Bill,

As far as heat strips, I’m pretty sure one size fits all. As far as AC size goes, just as soon as I can afford it, a new 15,000 Btu Carrier is going on my 34’ Excella. My experience with Hill Country summers suggests that it would not be a mistake for you, either.

I’m thinking a heat pump for those above 40 nights with a heat strip bottom to help on the colder nights. The pump is related to the size of the AC.

I have a tower electric heater that stands above the carper, and I rarely ran the furnace this winter between it and the heat strip. It was unusually cold too. Your comments on this thread about the extra 50 cfm may help in my decision.

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I know what you mean, Vaughan. Something nice about an Airstream and those oldies...

Wish the heat strips/pumps worked better down to about 25-30 so as to save on propane. For the most part, they work well down here. Can anyone tell me if the capacity of the strip/pump corresponds to the size of the unit - 13,500 vs. 15K? Or is the heating ability the same on both. We're still going back & forth as to upgrading to a larger A/C unit for our 30'.
Jaxon,

Heat strips are typically less than 500 watts, so they don't really have the capacity to create a lot of heat but they will take the chill off by several degrees.
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For the Carrier 15000, non-ducted, with heat I found these prices as of August 2007
Any better out there?

RV Supply $670
RV Stuff $825
PPL $636
Family RV $613 including shipping

How do you find Palimino?
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For the Carrier 15000, non-ducted, with heat I found these prices as of August 2007
Any better out there?

RV Supply $670
RV Stuff $825
PPL $636
Family RV $613 including shipping

How do you find Palimino?
Try.....'Palomino' ..............................
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For the Carrier 15000, non-ducted, with heat I found these prices as of August 2007
Any better out there?

RV Supply $670
RV Stuff $825
PPL $636
Family RV $613 including shipping
Wow, that's kind of a range between RV Stuff and Family RV/PPL... thanks for posting the info, really helpful.
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I also appreciate the info.

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