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Old 12-01-2019, 07:49 PM   #1
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Heat strip in AC roof question

Hi, I have a second pre-sale question about my proposed unit: the Passport 199ML. The salesman was walking me through the unit last week and was showing me the AC in the roof. I noticed it had settings for heating as well as for cooling. He explained to me that I had two options: propane heating (which also serves to heat the undercarriage in the winter to keep the lines from freezing (assuming it gets down that cold)) or a heat strip in the roof AC unit (the advantage there is reduced propane usage and instead I draw from the RV park's 30 amp utility feed).

The odd thing was he wasn't sure this was an included option. He said he'd research it for me and get back to me. He did and I did in parallel. My research on the keystonerv.com website shows only an option for upgrading the AC unit from 13.5K to 15K BTU cooling; nothing there shows an upgrade for a heat strip. However his research contradicted mine; he says a heat strip is an optional upgrade to the AC unit and would be an additional $79 charge (if I recall the price correctly).

So I'm confused: why the contradictory information? Can someone who owns a Passport please confirm or deny whether or not the OM AC unit comes with an electric heater strip by default?

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Old 12-01-2019, 08:00 PM   #2
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Don't have a passport, but most brands of AC units are used in many rvs. My experience has shown me that the AC unit may have the capability of the optional heat, and some actually have the heat strip installed.
It will not do to much for you, most are around 1200 watts, picture the blower in the AC unit whistling past a single 1200 watt heat coil. But 1200 watts of heat may take the chill off of a cool evening.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:44 AM   #3
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Keystone doesn't offer the "heat strip option" from the factory, but any RV dealership can install the A/C manufacturer's OEM heat strip in any air conditioner unit that is wired/equipped to accept it. That's likely what the salesman was relaying to you. The heat strip is available for your model, it's a "dealer installed item" and he can have it installed at the dealership for you (if you want it) for $79. On some brands of Keystone trailers, it is installed as OEM, on Passports, it's not available from the factory, although you may find an occasional Passport that was built when Keystone ran out of air conditioners at the assembly plant and "borrowed some" from the Alpine line or from the Fuzion line, where all their rear air conditioners come equipped with a heat strip (that's usually not properly connected)….. So, finding one in a Passport is not impossible, but it's not included in the typical build or as a factory installed option.

If it were me, I'd opt to have the heat strip installed. While it's true that it's only about the "heat output" of a small electric heater, many times that's all you need to run to "take the chill off" the RV. And, if you have pets or small children, there's very little space in any "small RV" to operate a "hot cube" that doesn't present an issue with children or pets accidentally bumping into it or it being in the way if you place it on a kitchen counter....

Realize that 1200-1500 watts is only about 5000 BTU's of heat, but that's normally all you need when the temperature is below comfortable, but not below freezing.

As stated, the A/C heat strip is not a "feel immediate warmth" kind of device because of the volume of air that flows over the small heating element, but when used overnight, the A/C fan produces the "white noise" which helps with outside distractions in a busy RV park while there "just enough heat" to keep the RV warm inside without using propane.

We've had one on most of our RV's, this A/C doesn't have the connections to install one and we do miss it, although we've got a small electric heater that we use and place "in the way, on the galley counter"....
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:19 AM   #4
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Excellent reply, and thanks!


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Old 12-02-2019, 02:42 PM   #5
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Keystone doesn't offer the "heat strip option" from the factory, but any RV dealership can install the A/C manufacturer's OEM heat strip in any air conditioner unit that is wired/equipped to accept it.
Wow, I never knew this was an option. That's very attractive.

For units that have inCommand, what are the chances the inCommand unit will be willing to recognize the presence of this option without serious brain surgery?
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Wow, I never knew this was an option. That's very attractive.



For units that have inCommand, what are the chances the inCommand unit will be willing to recognize the presence of this option without serious brain surgery?


First thing is to verify the AC unit is heat strip ready.
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