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Old 09-29-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Heat strips.

Thinking about having a heat strip installed in my 15,000 BTU A/C unit to cut back on my propane usage with my furnace. Any positive or negative experiences regarding heat strips?
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:15 PM   #2
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My boss has a heat strip in his mh and Altho it "works" it doesn't IMO work well.

Southern climates maybe ok but Midwest and northern climates not so much.

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Old 09-29-2014, 02:36 PM   #3
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Altho it "works" it doesn't IMO work well.
X2. In the best case they really only put out around 1500watts of heat which is pretty measly considering the cost compared to just a little $20 electric heater. If you dry camp much, also be aware that on average they draw something like 12-13amps compared to your furnaces 6 or 7amps. Even rougher is running it in tandem with your furnace to save propane. Then you're looking at a 18-20amp draw at times.

But to each his own. Having concealed, thermostatically controlled, ducted heat (if your not paying for the electricity) can be attractive.
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We thought of doing this until I had read on here a review of the install and usage. They said it did well to just keep a chill out and not much else. I just use one or two space heaters.. Not my power. One larger heater in the center of the trailer makes it very hot.
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If you have a place to put it, you may consider a built in single room forced air heater or two. These can be thermostatically controlled either on the device or remotely. I have considered this myself, but the 2 portable ones we already own just keep on ticking.
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We had one in our old camper and it would knock the chill off on a cool morning. It by no means will heat your trailer. The fan blows so fast that the heat is barely warm coming out.
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We thought of doing this until I had read on here a review of the install and usage. They said it did well to just keep a chill out and not much else. I just use one or two space heaters.. Not my power. One larger heater in the center of the trailer makes it very hot.
I started a thread about adding a bedroom ac to my 325res and at first I thought about getting one with the heat strip. After doing some reading I have decided against it. The 325res has a electric fireplace in the living room and we have a few space heaters we can use in the bedroom.
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:25 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input everyone. I appreciate all of the responses.
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