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Old 11-09-2019, 07:13 AM   #1
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Heat Strips Dometic roof air.

I have a roof dometic air with ability to add heat strips. I have heard good and bad things about adding the strip to my unit. Has anyone done this? Does the warm air blow out all 4 vents or just the one where the strip is installed?
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Old 11-12-2019, 07:53 PM   #2
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Mine only has 2 vents and it blows warm out of both. I recently saw the option paperwork in the bag of papers and it does work!
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Old 11-12-2019, 08:16 PM   #3
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I put a strip in my last TT. There is a limit on the power it can draw and as such it will warm the air with the key word being warm. I would not spend money on one but purchase a ceramic heater. More efficient and safer.
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:37 AM   #4
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I put a strip in my last TT. There is a limit on the power it can draw and as such it will warm the air with the key word being warm. I would not spend money on one but purchase a ceramic heater. More efficient and safer.
Thanks to all. Will look into both the strips and ceramic heater.
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:24 AM   #5
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I installed the optional heat strip in my Coleman Mach 8 A/C unit. Last weekend, we saw a low of 17 degrees. It had no problem keeping inside temps at 75 degrees. It's not going to blast heat like a propane furnace, but when we got to camp it was in the 40's in the trailer, and was up to 70 in a couple hours.

Despite this very cold weekend, I never used anything but the heat strip, not a bit of propane for heating. The temp control knob on the A/C unit acts as a thermostat for the heat strip. Mine does have to stay on low fan speed for it to operate. And it does suck down power, my EMS shows it sucking down 14 amps when it is on. I don't see how a portable unit would be safer. The heating element never gets glowing red or anything. Here is what mine looked like before I installed it. Paid 50 bucks. My trailer is small, so it's nice to not have anything taking up anymore floor space. I run a 30 pint dehumidifier too, so that's already taking up floor space. As far as efficiency, pretty much all electric heaters are 100% efficient. The power they consume is all transferred into some sort of resistance that becomes heat.
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:44 AM   #6
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Noob question...why add a heat strip instead of using the propane furnace?
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:54 AM   #7
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Why burn the propane you paid for if you are at a site with electric hookups you are already paying for? Also, at night, my wife likes the steady 'white noise' the fan makes, which runs all night. Our trailers furnace fan cycles on and off with the furnace, which would wake us up every time it kicked on.
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:57 AM   #8
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Makes sense, thanks
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:24 AM   #9
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Noob question...why add a heat strip instead of using the propane furnace?
In my case, we added a heat strip to the 3rd A/C in the garage. My manufacturer thought 4x1Ē holes were enough to carry heat into the poorly insulated garage. Itís not, heat barely gets back there.
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:58 PM   #10
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Do you have a ceramic heater and if so what brand?
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:19 PM   #11
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... As far as efficiency, pretty much all electric heaters are 100% efficient. The power they consume is all transferred into some sort of resistance that becomes heat.
2X

And that fact pretty much means the ceramic/oil filled/wiz-bang/magic wand
claims of many portable heaters is utter nonsense.
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:55 AM   #12
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Why burn the propane you paid for if you are at a site with electric hookups you are already paying for? Also, at night, my wife likes the steady 'white noise' the fan makes, which runs all night. Our trailers furnace fan cycles on and off with the furnace, which would wake us up every time it kicked on.
Thanks. I am getting the heat strip next spring since I won't be camping til then. Come on down to Rehoboth sometime.
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