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2oldman

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Posted: 09/27/19 09:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You don't have air?

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Posted: 09/27/19 09:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

groundhogy wrote:

Yes, im looking at this one...

https://www.supplyhouse.com/Lux-PSD010B-LuxPro-Digital-2-Wire-Heat-Only-Thermostat

Im coming across it alot on the web. What do you guys think?


You can go with a battery operated programmable also if you want to.

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Once you get the thermostat replaced, you might want to consider one of these until she's old enough to understand the consequences of her actions.

Locking thermostat covers


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One more question on these digital battery powered units...

Say its deep winter time... your not home (RV home)...
The little AA battery croaks...?

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SoundGuy wrote:

dougrainer wrote:

The mechanical just has the 2 wires. All the Tstat does is connect(close) the 2 wires to make a circuit back to the furnace. So, just replace with another Mechanical. Digital units will require extra wiring you will not have at the existing tstat. Doug


Hate to disagree with you Doug but I installed a simple digital thermostat in my 2003 Yuma. It's self powered with an internal battery and all that connected to it were the 2 wires that were wired to the original bi-metal thermostat.

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I also used that very same thermostat in our TrailCruiser hybrid.

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In both those campers the thermostat controlled just the furnace but in our KZ Spree which had ducted A/C the thermo controlled both the furnace and the A/C but I used the same wires that were wired to the original thermostat.

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I Know about battery powered. But, not really needed for a basic mechanical wall furnace tstat. As another posted, what happens when the battery goes dead? Doug

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groundhogy wrote:

the little AA battery croaks...?
Buy good quality batteries like Duracell. They should last a couple years. If in doubt, check/change them every year.

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groundhogy wrote:

One more question on these digital battery powered units...

Say its deep winter time... your not home (RV home)...
The little AA battery croaks...?



It will stop working. Put a new one in the fall. They typically last a few years before needing changed, and probably will have a low battery indicator regardless.

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I think I change my batteries every other year or so. But realize the batteries in the thermostat only power the small circuit board and display on the thermostat and have nothing to do with powering the furnace. So they will easily last a year and probably three years before needing changing. Though if you're concerned you could change the batteries every fall but that is probably a bit excessive.


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I would leave it not working for next trip. A little learning experience on how breaking things has consequences (no heat). Maybe even work with the child to put that spring back in before you whip out the digital. Nothing remotely harsh, just a bit of reality.


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FIrst I like a Spring type T-Stat for the furnace on an RV. With contacts (old days they used mercury tilt switches but todays are Mercury Free)

ACE hardware 20 bucks

Why do I like the mercury free. Well the mercury type need to be perfectly positioned. if your unit is tilted even a little bit it throws it off. But the contact type .. Do not care


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