Thank you for the feedback on my thermostat issue.
I stopped by a HVAC company yesterday and discussed the problem with them. They had never heard of this, but upon further research of several of the Honeywell thermostats they carry, they concluded that this seems to be the way Honeywell thermostats are designed (why????).
Anticipating I would return it, I stopped by ACE hardware and bought the ACE brand (no idea who makes it), non programmable digital thermostat.
Tests of this new thermostat in the garage freezer (~0 degrees F) were encouraging as, while the unit displayed "LO", it still seemed to activate when turned on. I installed it in the trailer yesterday evening and this morning, with the interior of the trailer at 23 degrees, the thermostat display said "LO" but readily turned on the furnace when it was switched on. Yea!
I further like the large display, easy to depress buttons, and large front panel mounted on/off switch of this thermostat. The ACE thermostat also has a hysteresis (heat anticipater) adjustment (two different settings) which may be helpful if I find the thermostat is coming on too frequently.
Guess I'll just have to take it out on a trip to see how well it really works
I haven't had any issues (yet) with zinc carbon batterys freezing but then it dosn't get as cold here
in Central Oregon as many other places may get. A quick look at the Everyready site indicates that storage tempuratures of -20 degrees C (-4 degrees F) are acceptable for their batteries and we seldom have temps much colder than that....for long.