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Old 09-19-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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$500 to upgrade to digital thermostat???

I just got off the phone with my dealer regarding replacing my analog Colman Mach thermostat with a digital thermostat. I was told that it would cost $500 to $600 and that the wiring would need to be replaced to do the upgrade. This sounds outrageous to me. It looks like people upgrade to digital thermostats all the time and I've never seen where they had to replace the wiring.

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Old 09-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #2
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Proabably more leads needed, don't think he wants the job!
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:35 PM   #3
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Why would they need to replace the wiring? Think he's blowing smoke.

In fact, Coleman Mach even makes a digital version of their analog t-stat IIRC. I think the cost is $75 for the unit and its the same wiring.
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There are 6 wires in my current thermostat. Is that what you mean by leads?
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Run, don't walk, away from that dealer as quickly as possible. Look for a mobile RV tech in your area. They will be able to take care of you on your schedule for a reasonable price.
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I was told that it would cost $500 to $600 and that the wiring would need to be replaced
Sounds crazy. Here is a link to a thread on upgrading to a 'household' digital thermostat. Has some nice pictures to go with the explaination. The wiring is not an exact match. The trailer has a 2 speed fan, and the replacement is only setup for one speed, so the solution in that case was to only wire up the high setting.

Hunter Thermostat Install

Or for a few extra bucks (not hundreds) you get the Coleman Mach digital version. It's an exact replacement as far as the wiring, and I believe the mounting screw locations, so truly a do-it-yourself job. It's digital, but not programable. Not sure if that matters to you...
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I thought that sounded crazy.
KMP44 - do you know if there is soldering involved? I looks like the original one may be soldered and I don't have the equipment or knowledge to solder/desolder.
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do you know if there is soldering involved?
I have installed and replaced a bunch of residential thermostats - never had to solder any of them - always screw terminals to connect to. I have not changed one in an rv - but even if the present one is soldered, you should have enough slack in the wire to cut it as close to the old thermostat as possible and then strip the cut end to attach it to the screw terminals on the new one.
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I have installed and replaced a bunch of residential thermostats - never had to solder any of them - always screw terminals to connect to. I have not changed one in an rv - but even if the present one is soldered, you should have enough slack in the wire to cut it as close to the old thermostat as possible and then strip the cut end to attach it to the screw terminals on the new one.
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I replaced my stock thermostat in my 96 wilderness about 10 years ago to a digital house thermostat. Don't know how different things are now compared to a 96, but it was no big deal to do, and I used the existing wires, mind you I only have one a/c and the furnace.
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