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Old 04-11-2007, 01:42 PM   #1
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We haven't used the heat strip on the Coleman a/c unit in our 85 Excella which we've owned for 1 year. Nor have we ever used a heat strip. A couple other threads indicated that heat strips weren't really good at warming the camper only good enough to take off the chill. However, if we do decide to try it are there any special instructions we need? I've cleaned the filters. Do we just set it to heat then turn it on?

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Old 04-11-2007, 02:16 PM   #2
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Do we just set it to heat then turn it on?

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That's about it. You will notice a burning dust smell for a while, this is normal, especially on a strip that hasn't been used in a long time.
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:20 PM   #3
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Sounds like we have the same unit, Twist the temp switch to the warmer setting then the selector switch to low heat. The blower will start and heat will take only a few minutes. Works just fine. If you don't get heat within a few minutes you may have a problem. I would not know what that would be as I've not been there yet. Just make sure you have a lotta juice coming into the shore power. DG
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:25 PM   #4
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Please, if you have not tried turning yours on yet, check the integrity of the coil first and do not stand with your face in the path of the airflow!

We figured out how to turn ours on, and it blew firey sparks in both our faces! VERY startling, and could have been very ugly!! Turns out the coil was trashed and we have searched and searched to find a replacement with no luck. Anyone know where to find one? I think it is a Coleman Mach 2 or 3 unit.

And yes, from what we understand, it is to knock the chill out of the air, not to heat your whole camper. That is the furnace's job.

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How true Aluma- Stand clear of the vents first time you turn it on, lotsa dust came outa mine, geez how funny, forgot that part. No spare parts here, sorry. DG
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