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Old 03-23-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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Using remote thermostat for a/c?

I don't have the problem yet, and hope I don't for a long time (we've spent enough for now). Does anybody know for sure if you can use the remote thermostat for the air conditioner on a replacement unit? This is assuming the replacement unit has an internal thermostat, and I want to bypass it.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:44 PM   #2
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Yes, I use the Comfort Control Center made by Dometic. I runs the A/C, the heat strip, and has contacts to turn on the Suburban furnace. I think it's great. It can also be zoned to run more thn one A/C.

The hardest part was finding a good location. Needs to be on an interior partition, away from direct sunlight, not directly in the path of either an A/C vent or a heat duct. I mounted it on the wall above the center bed.

Whatever you do, don't get one of the mercury switch type thermostats.
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The hardest part was finding a good location. Needs to be on an interior partition, away from direct sunlight, not directly in the path of either an A/C vent or a heat duct. I mounted it on the wall above the center bed.

Whatever you do, don't get one of the mercury switch type thermostats.
Our thermostat is mounted on the bulkead hext to the fridge in the living room. The only issue there is the fridge warms the wall, and the tv also warms the wall when it is on. I have had to create and graph a chart of deviations to actul temperature. kind of like a compass deviation card in an airplane. It is an eletronic thermostat.
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Terry,

If you have a Dometic unit, you need the correct 'lower unit' to mate it with the Comfort Control Center (CCC). If you already have a CCC, they can be programmed to run up to 4 zones for A/C, heat strip, heat pump, furnace and a few other things like auto generator start, etc. that you will never use on a trailer. If the position of the t/sat is inconvenient like yours on a warm wall, yu can get a remote temperature sensor kit that will allow you to read the control temp for the t/stat virtually anywhere you like.

Let me know if you need any more informtion about this.

If you have a manual air distribution box (ADB) which has the controls directly under the unit, then you have to change out the entire lower unit to use a CCC.
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If you have a manual air distribution box (ADB) which has the controls directly under the unit, then you have to change out the entire lower unit to use a CCC.
That's what I wanted to know. Our Armstrong is still rumbling merrily away, I just believe in being prepared if something bad happens.
Would you know if that is the same thing I would have to do with other brands of A/C?
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That's what I wanted to know. Our Armstrong is still rumbling merrily away, I just believe in being prepared if something bad happens.
Would you know if that is the same thing I would have to do with other brands of A/C?
I don't believe that the Carriers use a system like this, as from what I've seen, they either use a manual ABD or a wireless remote that can be mounted anywhere to give the proper readings for the location. BTW, I've had 3 complaints in the last 2 weeks regarding these wireless systems and once again, I get nothing back from Carrier tech support.....so I just say no to the jobs!

The RVP (Coleman) units have a similar, though less sophisticated/integrated system as the Dometic uses.
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When I had new ac units installed at camping world two years ago the remote thermostat was an option on some of the units but not all of them. So be aware of which ones will support the remote thermostat before you buy.
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