Bruce, I did that EXACT thing and it was based on another poster's suggestion as the original idea came from a Casita
member that did this. I've used it for the past 5 yrs and it's REMARKABLE for controlling my Scamp's interior temp- heat OR cold! (I have the heat strip).
It starts and stops the entire unit which answers a recent poster on this topic about concerns doing just that. I even spoke with Coleman as my unit is the 9200 BTU Coleman Cub series. They said they now install units with digital thermostats that have the option (like my central unit and room A/Cs) where you can start/stop the entire unit and it wont hurt it. Again, I have 5 yrs proof!
I'm sending a link to my flickr album that has even my wiring diagram but I take NO responsibility/liability for someone that may try to hook it up by my drawings and it fail.
One thing I DO want to mention is attention to the little fan that I actually place IN the thermostat. Without it, placing my Hunter at the end of the counter on the Scamp
13' was useless! The temps STILL varied greatly because there's simply a pocket of dead air there. Believe me, I've tested this for literal HOURS and proved it. The little fan solved it. Yes, you could move the thermostat, but you have to consider the relay, wiring etc that goes with this mod before you do...and where would you put it? I see you have a large BigFoot
, so I'm thinking the location of your thermostat will be in a hallway and the air circulation will not be a problem!
Well..if you have any more questions, I'd be glad to try and answer them. This has been my most NECESSARY mod for comfort in the 13'. One final note- I use this setup on a generator
and even on "Heat", it doesnt have ANY problems starting up- Champion 3500/4000.