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Old 04-18-2008, 09:14 PM   #29
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Jack made a good point about the noise coming from the blower. My Carrier AirV seems to only have 2 speeds, Extra High and Scream like a Banshee. My older Excella doesn’t have an external thermostat like Jack’s, so the difference in the heat pump and heat strip is moot. It’s on all the time.

Here in Little Rock, the AC gets used a lot too, so I am getting used to the sound pretty quickly.
Vaughan, I think you can get the lower unit with the remote t-stat, it's really nice to have the thermostat turn the works off when temp is reached.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:09 PM   #30
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my a/c is shot,i was looking into the a/c heat pump combo,one unit dual purpose,what do you think?any suggestions,anyone have this?
I have the Carrier A/C with the heat pump on my unit..If I am not mistaken, that's available only in the 15K BTU..You might find it a bit too cold..lol
My unit is a 29ft Sovereign and, it really get cold in there with the 15K unit.
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I'd say go for it..It's a extremely nice A/C unit..
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Old 04-20-2008, 04:19 PM   #31
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Vaughan, I think you can get the lower unit with the remote t-stat, it's really nice to have the thermostat turn the works off when temp is reached.
Hi Terry,

The thermostat controlled lower unit is for ducted systems. The “Freeblow” bottom that I have just has the knob on the bottom. I have considered a hack and adding a digital thermostat as has been discussed in other threads, but it’s just one more thing. Besides, even in its “Scream like a Banshee” setting it is still quieter than the old Coleman. Not much, but still quieter. Now when the Coleman started knocking in addition to the fan, it was really loud!
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Yep. I'm going with the 15,000 btu v the 13,500. The dealer suggested that if I plan to use electric, I first need to be hocked up and if I'm hooked up, I might as well get a small ceramic heater. Save $300 and the it's quite.
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Yep. I'm going with the 15,000 btu v the 13,500. The dealer suggested that if I plan to use electric, I first need to be hocked up and if I'm hooked up, I might as well get a small ceramic heater. Save $300 and the it's quite.
I had always used the ceramic heaters till this year. When my ceramic heater quit working, I bought one of those oil radiators with a digital control. It heats my trailer so much better than the ceramic ones did! It is still my primary source of heat, the heat pump/strip backs it up. It’s not quick, but once it warms up the warm air rolls up at an unbelievable speed. With no fan, it is totally quiet. I use one of those small clip-on fans to circulate air, and they are almost soundless.
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I'm in the same boat (or trailer). I decided to go with an A/C only rather than an air/heat combo The difference is around $300. I decided to upgrade from the 13,500 btu to the 15,000 btu for $100 more. The dealer said that they have more problems with the combos and if we are at a CG and on electric, why not by a small ceramic heater for around $40 . . . uses the free electric and is much more quite than the heat pump running.
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Great idea. I never thought about that. Thanks.
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I had always used the ceramic heaters till this year. When my ceramic heater quit working, I bought one of those oil radiators with a digital control. It heats my trailer so much better than the ceramic ones did! It is still my primary source of heat, the heat pump/strip backs it up. It’s not quick, but once it warms up the warm air rolls up at an unbelievable speed. With no fan, it is totally quiet. I use one of those small clip-on fans to circulate air, and they are almost soundless.
Vaughan, You've posted about the oil radiator before and raved. We've used the ceramics, too and are OK with 'em... just OK... what you describe sounds pretty hot, man... what brand/model are you using?
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Vaughan, You've posted about the oil radiator before and raved. We've used the ceramics, too and are OK with 'em... just OK... what you describe sounds pretty hot, man... what brand/model are you using?
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Hi Bill,

I have a Honeywell Model HZ-709 that I got from Wally World. The digital model is more expensive, but you can set a temperature accurately and leave it on, no more setting it to low and coming back to 95 inside. I usually set mine to 67.

I was not prepared for the difference in performance. This winter was the most comfortable I have spent in an Airstream. I attribute it (1) to the improvements to Airstreams from 1967 to 1983 {double-pane windows, for instance} and (2) to how much better the oil radiator works. I doubt if you would have to turn on the furnace more than a couple of times all winter in Austin. That’s all I used mine here in Little Rock. As far as I am concerned, that little thing is the best thing since balanced running gear.
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Hi Bill, As far as I am concerned, that little thing is the best thing since balanced running gear.
And mylar drum heads...

Thanks Vaughan!
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