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Old 06-20-2016, 09:58 PM   #1
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Interior Thermostat Mod

Anybody done this mod?

Handy Temperature Control

My wife is 5' and can't hardly see the thermostat mounted in the same place as described in the link. Seems like a good idea. Any issues/concerns splicing the thermostat wiring?
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Thermostat wiring is low voltage so there is not a problem with adding wires to it, but why not just move the thermostat to a more convenient location?
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply MnTom. Moving it is certainly an option.
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Having seen that same tech-tip a while back I thought it looked like a good idea.
Hang it with a small Velcro patch.
I even had a similar Dometic climate controller. Mine was mounted in the electrical closet (chest high) and was easier to see & operate.


My only thought(s) on the retrofit would be whether the coiled cord would have enough conductors to accommodate all of the functions required, (heating, cooling, fan, speeds, etc.). The actual temp. sensor on my stat was a thermistor mounted elsewhere on the wall and was tied into that controller also. Thinking it would have had 8 or more.


Typically those coiled cords (phone cord rj11) only have about 2,4,6 conductors. Often installers use cat5 cable rj45, which has 8 conductors but would not have the novel coil to recoil feature.


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MtnTrek, I have the same thermostat/controller and had wondered about how many wires it might use. My rig is in storage at the moment so I can't check it out. I will in couple weeks and report back.
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diagram etc.

YW, Sounds good.

That was on my last coach so I can't be of much help.
I ran across this file on the topic, might be of interest as it has some generic info on installs etc. I've seen this info on the phone type cord on newer units too.

Note: they are using a "crossover" cable. This is where the one end has been reattached (crimped) in the opposite order. Apposed to a std. "patch" cable where the ends match exactly.

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Thanks MtnTrek! Looking through the file it appears that it uses a standard 4 wire telephone cord to connect the unit the the thermostat/controller. If this is the case it should be very straight forward to modify like the "how to" did.
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Thanks MtnTrek! Looking through the file it appears that it uses a standard 4 wire telephone cord to connect the unit the the thermostat/controller. If this is the case it should be very straight forward to modify like the "how to" did.
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When it doesn't work properly, refer to section 5, B-3 They are not using a standard patch cable. It's known as a crossover, that has been modified.

Some of the coiled handset cords have only 2 connectors. So find the 4 conductor type.

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