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Installing a digital thermostat - MOD
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October 26, 2011 - 12:06 am
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This is the original thermostat which was difficult to set. I removed the screws from the black face plate.
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The next step was to drill out the rivets that held the thermostat in place
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Next step is to remove the wires from the thermostat.
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I connected the wires to the back of the thermostat, Screwed this to the black face plate and reattached the face plate.
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The new digital thermostat. Note I am going to add some spacers behind the thermostat to make it easier to replace the batteries.

Description and photos courtesy of He Ruide, a very active camper and forum community member. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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October 26, 2011 - 7:28 am
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I recently did the same thing.  I haven’t had a chance to test it on a campout……Honey, we need to go camping again so I can test the new thermostat I installed  :cowboy:

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27' travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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I installed a digital one last fall.  Haven’t used the furnace since then…two campouts we needed heat we had hook-ups and used ceramic heaters.  That said, we’re going boondocking the first weekend of November, so I will get to try it then.  Nice job on your install.  Liked the photos with descriptions.
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October 26, 2011 - 8:09 am
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I did this on the same day I received my new High Wall popup. It makes a huge difference. No wide temp swings. I usually set my for 59 degrees and it does great.

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I have heard that there are some digital thermostats that are not compatible with the furnaces in the trailers ..  I don’t remember the brands mentioned, but it had to do with wiring.. 

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April 25, 2012 - 11:29 am
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Great Idea – Thanks

What brand / model thermostat did you use?  Source?

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April 25, 2012 - 12:11 pm
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I just got the cheapest digital one from Home Depot.  I think it was $15. 

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I did this mod this Spring as well.  Instead of attaching it in the same spot, I moved it up.  I also connected it via phone jacks.  That way I can take the thermostat with me to bed and turn on the heat without getting out of a warm bed.

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Thanks for all the help.  The pix are great !  I just ordered the Hunter (like in the pix) from Amazon – $25.00 – free shipping.  I’  let you know how it goes.

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Fritz, I like that idea of having extra wire so you can mess with it while in your bunk.  :hardhat: 

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Great idea, Fritz! That’s the next best thing to having a remote control … and I don’t know if any manufacturer offers that. How do you deal with the extra wire during the day?

Hmm, have to look for a reasonable priced thermostat w/remote. Otherwise, I’ll install the Hunter. Our thermostat is the same as OEM pictured, and it’s a real pain to set. Also doesn’t help that it’s six inches off the floor.

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It wasn’t my idea to make the long cord.  I saw it posted somewhere.  I just decided to go with the phone jack.

I have a 2" cord that’s on the thermostat with a phone plug end.  I keep a long cord and coupler in the cabinet right above the thermostat.  I add the long cord if I need to move it to the bunk end.

For anyone interested, here’s where I wrote it up on my blog.

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