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Old 05-07-2015, 10:35 AM   #1
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New to camper life, and we just did our first driveway night. The kids loved it! So far, the only minor issue I had, which brings up my question, was with the heater's thermostat. The heat would kick on just fine, at the desired temp, but then it would not kick off, raising the heat too much. I would have to then bump the slider to shut it off. I notice that the thermo is a bit 'springy' and was wondering if anyone else has encountered the same and what could be done. Thanks to all in advance!
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:50 AM   #2
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You could have a faulty thermostat. that would be easy to replace. I am not sure how accurate they are.

I would suggest that you start by setting the heat lower than expected. Say 60F and see when it stops. It could just be that the cold cabinates or area is giving it a reading lower than where you are sitting. I say override all that by setting it low. The heat will kick on to raise the temp to 60F near the thermostat and you might find that you are comfy at 65F where you are sitting.

If the thing never shuts off then I would replace the unit.

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Old 05-07-2015, 12:28 PM   #3
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If it is like the black thermostat that comes in the 228BH, it's a POS. Mine does the same darn thing.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:56 PM   #4
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Most of us toss the cheap analog thermo and replace it with a digital one.
Google it and you'll find plenty of info/videos on it.
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Old 05-09-2015, 06:14 PM   #5
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Two things come to mind other than the obvious that the stat is bad. Normal stat placement is 4 plus feet above the floor while the stat in the popup is more like 20" to 28". Given the heat loss thru the skin, the temp at 4 feet must considerably warmer to satisfy the stat. In short, 68 degrees in your home is not 68 on the stat in a popup. Second, in our unit, the stat is located BEHIND THE DINETTE CUSHION! I still haven't figured that one out, but clearly at that location, the stat is far less responsive to the temps in the unit. Not sure if you have that issue, but if so it would be a factor as well.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:29 AM   #6
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Does anyone know if I need to get an 'RV-specific' thermostat, or will a standard one work?
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:31 AM   #7
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You just need a 12V thermostat. Most people get them at a big box store. Be sure to go digital with heat and cool.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:58 AM   #8
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Before modding to a digital, has anyone tried adjusting the anticipator in the stock mechanical thermostat?




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Old 07-15-2015, 06:12 PM   #9
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Probably won't need one that does cool since most AC controls in popup are on the ceiling unit, or at least those I have seen!
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