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Old 01-17-2022, 04:54 PM   #1
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Can a " smart thermostat " be put in my 5th wheel ? I have one at home and love it. No doubt it wouldn't get used as much as the 1 at home, love it I can watch temp in my home and run it up or down etc. Just curios
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Old 01-17-2022, 05:41 PM   #2
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Can a " smart thermostat " be put in my 5th wheel ? I have one at home and love it. No doubt it wouldn't get used as much as the 1 at home, love it I can watch temp in my home and run it up or down etc. Just curios
For a direct replacement, the biggest issue is finding a 12v ďsmart thermostatĒÖ. and even then it would depend on multiple issues:
- how many a/c units does your rig have?

- do any of them also have built-in heat strips?

- if you have multiple units, do you want them zoned for each area?

- is your rig permanently situated (mobile home use), or do you travel with it?

- do you have constant, reliable WiFi?
Öand probably a few other things I havenít mentioned.

The thermostat in you house is powered by 110acÖ whereas the one in your RV is 12v dc, so you can use it on the road. And although there are what Iíll call Ďsmarter thermostatsí for RVs, they usually donít have WiFi capability to be able to adjust them from remote locations. At least, not yet.

Of course, if you only use your RV as a mobile homeÖ and itís permanently set up in one placeÖ Iím sure some smart electrician or HVAC tech could probably install a household model, and/or modify the necessary wiring to support it. Just depends on how much money you wanna spend.
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…The thermostat in you house is powered by 110ac… whereas the one in your RV is 12v dc, so you can use it on the road...
I’ve been notified that my statement here may not be entirely correct in re 110ac… as I guess there are other voltages and/or currents that may be used.

What I meant to imply is that most of the ones I’m familiar with run off of AC power in your home… and most of those I’ve seen used in RVs are run via DC power.
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Old 01-22-2022, 08:46 PM   #4
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RV programmable thermostat

I'm going to get this some day real soon, so I can turn the heat up in the morning without getting out of bed!

https://www.microair.net/products/ea...-rv-thermostat
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Most (keyword most) home thermostats are powered by 24 volts DC. A common exception is electric baseboard heaters that are 110 volts AC. All your other points about multiple units and heat strips are well taken. RV heating and cooling controls are very different from residential controls.
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Most (keyword most) home thermostats are powered by 24 volts DC. A common exception is electric baseboard heaters that are 110 volts AC. All your other points about multiple units and heat strips are well taken. RV heating and cooling controls are very different from residential controls.
Paul! Where you been?

Havenít seen you post in ages, and was wondering if you still had your rig. Glad to see youíre still around.
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Paul! Where you been?

Havenít seen you post in ages, and was wondering if you still had your rig. Glad to see youíre still around.
Hi Tom, Still have our rig. Spending the winter up north, at home base. Go figure. Will head out to FL in the spring.

I don't spend a lot of time in online forums anymore, they tend to become a time suck. I happened to see your post in an email summary so I checked in.

Hope all is well with you.
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Yep, doing good. Iím spending the winter ďup northĒ too, here in Wyoming.

Ended my full-time RV life at the end of last summer. Still got my rig too, but Iíve settled into a house up here in CodyÖ with a nice size garage that Iím in the process of turning into a decent motorcycle workshop. Since the closest BMW dealer is over 7 hours away in South Dakota, Iíve got my table-lift, No-Mar tire changer, and most of the other shop tools needed to do most maintenance and/or repair jobs for anyone who comes to ride Yellowstone, the Beartooth, or the new Wyoming BDR thatís being introduced next month.

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Ok, guess this is way off-topic, so Iíd better stop. Címon back out here if you get a chance!
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Iíve been notified that my statement here may not be entirely correct in re 110acÖ as I guess there are other voltages and/or currents that may be used.

What I meant to imply is that most of the ones Iím familiar with run off of AC power in your homeÖ and most of those Iíve seen used in RVs are run via DC power.
Household thermostats don't run off 110V AC, they are all run off a low volt DC tap from the HVAC, mostly 5volts.
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One incorrect word Tom, just one word.
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One incorrect word Tom, just one word.
Hey, Iíve said it beforeÖ Iím no electrician. Iím far more mechanically inclined than electrically.

The problem is that I know just enough to be dangerousÖ and sometimes, even what I thought I knew turns out to be wrong.
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Hey, Iíve said it beforeÖ Iím no electrician. Iím far more mechanically inclined than electrically.

The problem is that I know just enough to be dangerousÖ and sometimes, even what I thought I knew turns out to be wrong.
Just ask his wife!
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Just ask his wife!
HaÖ ex-wife.

She figured that out about me damn-near 30 years ago, andÖ as we say in aviationÖ departed the fix.
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Household thermostats don't run off 110V AC, they are all run off a low volt DC tap from the HVAC, mostly 5volts.
The 5, 12, 24 volts for the thermostat comes from a transformer which uses 110 volts so you could say it uses 110 volts.
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