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Old 10-19-2018, 12:05 AM   #1
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We are camping at mt Greylock in Massachusetts and itís cold. We woke up this morning to no heat. I bought a replacement thermostat at a hardware store and hooked it up and it doesnít work. If I twist the wires together it works. Are the thermostats different then a household one ?
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It’s a Coleman 1705RB
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:01 AM   #3
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It’s 12 volt For RV, House thermostat is 24 volt.
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I'm no HVAC expert but have done a little research on thermostats because I was wanting to change the junk stock one out. Frank is right on the 12/24 volt thing, but many people use house thermostats in their camper, but they need to be a "dry contact" battery powered thermostat. There is tons of info online about them, and there's a big selection to choose from. The only down side is the battery replacement, my house one lasts almost 2 years.
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If it's a newer dometic lcd, I don't think a regular residential thermostat will work.
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I'm no HVAC expert but have done a little research on thermostats because I was wanting to change the junk stock one out. Frank is right on the 12/24 volt thing, but many people use house thermostats in their camper, but they need to be a "dry contact" battery powered thermostat. There is tons of info online about them, and there's a big selection to choose from. The only down side is the battery replacement, my house one lasts almost 2 years.
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I switched out the cheap contact thermostat in my Coleman with an electronic one from HD, cost ~$20, I got the one that takes a AA battery. Worked much better than the old mechanical one.

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Old 10-20-2018, 08:32 PM   #7
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Thanks I’ll give it a try
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