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Old 12-30-2015, 08:08 PM   #1
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Roof AC with optional heat

Just got my new Salem cruse lite home after a week at the dealers. They installed a disconnect switch, repaired the outdoor kitchen door latch, installed panelling strips where the tape was coming loose and installed the bed gas struts. They did a decent job but it would have been nice if they would have cleaned up after themselves.

I got to looking at my roof AC (my AC unit does not have the ceiling air ducts but just blows out of the actual unit) and noticed the heat option. I read in the owner's manual about this and it looks as though mine has the heat option and the proper two knobs that adjust the temp and turns the heat option on and off. I turned the heat option on and the fan automatically came on but no heat. I have the trailer plugged into the house that supplies 30 amp so I'm wondering why there is no heat but the fan blows.

Does anyone else have this model of trailer with the roof AC heat option. If so, does it blow out heat when you select the heat option. I will call the dealership tomorrow to see what they say.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:26 PM   #2
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Roof top ACs consist of two major parts. The outside ( compressor/fan) unit and the inside (control unit). You could have the control unit that allows for the aux heat option without actually having the heating element installed. You will most likely get many opinions here, but the heat unit is not large and will be good for removing the chill in the am, but not actually heating the unit. Most manufacturers call it a chill remover.
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Just got my new Salem cruse lite home after a week at the dealers. They installed a disconnect switch, repaired the outdoor kitchen door latch, installed panelling strips where the tape was coming loose and installed the bed gas struts. They did a decent job but it would have been nice if they would have cleaned up after themselves.

I got to looking at my roof AC (my AC unit does not have the ceiling air ducts but just blows out of the actual unit) and noticed the heat option. I read in the owner's manual about this and it looks as though mine has the heat option and the proper two knobs that adjust the temp and turns the heat option on and off. I turned the heat option on and the fan automatically came on but no heat. I have the trailer plugged into the house that supplies 30 amp so I'm wondering why there is no heat but the fan blows.

Does anyone else have this model of trailer with the roof AC heat option. If so, does it blow out heat when you select the heat option. I will call the dealership tomorrow to see what they say.

Any help would be appreciated.
My air has the same selector. I suspect it is an upgrade to the unit and there if you ordered it.


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Old 12-30-2015, 08:35 PM   #4
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Heat rises. Therefore a portable heater on the floor works better.
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:06 PM   #5
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like mentioned the panel is probably set up with the appropriate controls for a heat strip, but the heat strip may not be installed

The heat strips are generally nothing extravagant, usually a 1300w or so. about the same as a typical little space heater, with the exception of the fan moving alot more air. even with the heat strip working, the air is hardly warm which is why most people prefer a space heater. puts out the same amount of heat, but a space heater is alot more comfortable (both as far as it having a hot airflow, and its quieter)
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Thanks for all the responses. I so enjoy this forum because of this. I'm learning so much about my new TT.
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:54 PM   #7
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our second air is set up that way. Has the control knobs for heat but the heat strip is not installed. So I doubt yours has the heat strip in it.
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There are heat STRIPS and heat PUMPS. I know it's possible to trip a safety switch if you just turn off a heat strip without letting the fan blow for a few minutes to cool things down. The safety switch is NOT self-resetting. You have to open some of the AC interior panels to gain access to said switch. I bought and installed a self-resetting switch in case I forget to let the fan run as is necessary.
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You have to buy the heat strip about $30. just waiting on mine arriving
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Thanks selkirk. Is it something that is just 'plug & play'? Or is it something the dealership has to install?
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