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Old 04-05-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Scamp Replacement a Digital Thermostat

We ordered our new scamp and pick it up in May. I noticed they have a digital heat only thermostat in the parts store. Is anyone aware if this is the normal install item now or just a parts store upgrade? Also if this is an upgrade can Scamp just install with new build?

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Old 04-05-2016, 06:25 PM   #2
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The thermostat now is digital. Don't know precisely when the switch was made but it has been for some time now.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply! That was the picture I was searching for!

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Old 04-05-2016, 07:11 PM   #4
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Does anyone know if the digital will work with older heaters? Mine is '83 like my scamp I think.
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Old 04-05-2016, 09:01 PM   #5
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2014 Scamp came with analog thermostat.
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Old 04-05-2016, 09:24 PM   #6
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I wonder what an analog thermostat is?
Thermostats are on or devices. In this case when the temperature is low enouogh it turns on the furnace and the furnace off when the temperature reaches the high temperature point. Both the older thermostat and new one dose exactly the same thing. With one exception the one with the digital readout requires a battery. Read more about the digital version here.
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As far as an "analog thermostat" goes it would be possible for a furnace and analog thermostat to work together. However it would take a furnace that the heat out put could be changed to some value other then heat or no heat.
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Byron, I think you're splitting hairs here... How would you describe the difference- mechanical vs. electronic?

On the old thermostat you adjust the heat point by sliding a lever. Not very accurate and hard to fine-tune. On the new you adjust the heat point by pushing buttons on an electronic digital display. Seems like a nice upgrade on Scamp's part, depending on the accuracy of the thermometer, of course, and a working battery.

I do wish Scamp would come up with a better place to mount it, though. It's still vulnerable to getting whacked when moving cushions to convert the dinette, as well as by people using the bed or dinette.

I believe the new style will work with an old furnace just fine. As far as I know all thermostats do exactly the same thing: send a small electrical impulse to the furnace telling it to turn on. No need to get one from Scamp- your local hardware store is just as good. You can even get the old mechanical style if you prefer.
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I have to agree with Byron . A thermostat whether mechanical or electronic does one thing , turn the furnace on or off . Both are basically thermally controlled single pole switches.
A Honeywell T87 and Honeywell's fancy ,electronic , expensive thermostat have the same degree of accuracy .
People have come to believe that everything has to have an LED display / computer in order to be any good.
The problem in our trailers when it comes to uneven temperatures
has more to do with trailer layout , thermostat location and furnace location . Putting a $100 thermostat in a trailer is not going to solve that issue.
I have to admit the thermostat's LED display makes a nice nightlight.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:07 AM   #10
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At the end of this, I have a link to my personal installation I did myself. With this installation, the original idea came off the Casita site...dont remember the name..I think it's on my Flickr link below.

I think the confusion between "analog" and "digital" should possibly be reworded and compared as "mechanical" to "electronic".

I installed a $25 Hunter to my 2010 Scamp. I did not get the furnace...still wouldnt. But my Coleman A/C has the heat unit. This setup works off a relay tripped by my thermostat. I also have a 120v plug attached and run a small cheap floor heater via the thermostat (but not at the same time!).

People can argue all they want, I can hold my 13' Scamp within ONE degree if desirable. But there's ONE secret to this that I have not found mentioned anywhere else. Steve makes mention of this and that's the effectiveness of the (or ANY) thermostat! Its default location at the end of the cabinet is a "Dead air" area. I found this out the hard way with my Hunter when it TOO was varying 10-15 deg when testing!!

The answer? I put a small micro fan inside the thermostat which circulates the air through it that other wise was flowing over the top of it down into the cushions. This is now how I can vary my temps (hot or cold) within 1 deg. The Hunter has 3 settings that lets you vary the difference you desire with up to 3 deg difference between cycles if you want. Hunter calls the setting: Span 1, 2, & 3.

This link to my installation shows how I installed the fan and it has worked for the past 5 yrs without ONE problem. Honestly, I can say the temp in my Scamp is more comfortable than my house. Sorry I just sleep better in a cool environment with my asthma.

The only thing with this installation, it shuts the entire unit down (fan and compressor) between cycles. My home central unit does the same. This is actually a very simple concept. Oh..I like the Indigo light at night. I can roll over and easily adjust the temp 1 deg at a time and/or look at the time. :-)

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Old 04-06-2016, 10:33 AM   #11
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The thermostat is just a switch. +side for digital is that it's more accurate. +side for analog is that it has no battery to die .
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I don't need the thermostat to tell me the temperature. If I am cold, I turn it up.
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My Hunter runs on 2 AA batteries. Since I only use the themostat when camping, I have ran those batteries for 5 yrs. I always carry spares though. The unit pulls VERY little current.

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The thermostat is just a switch. +side for digital is that it's more accurate. +side for analog is that it has no battery to die .
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My issue with the basic mechanical thermostat in my Scamp is that all the adjustment between no heat and too much heat takes place in the bottom 1/4" of movement of the adjustment lever. It's really hard to fine tune.

But perhaps it's not the fault of the thermostat- a powerful heat source in a very small space is going to be hard to regulate.
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