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Old 10-01-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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What's included in the 'Artic Package'

I'm in the market for my first RV. We would definitely want to use the unit to go snow skiing so am interested in the option I see called "artic package". However, I'm unable to find a good definition of what is exactly included in that option and what that means in terms using the RV in below freezing conditions. My guess is that it would include increased insulation and double-pane widows, heated holding tanks, heat traced piping(?) but am not sure.

Also -- what kind of power load is this? Will this package drain a battery overnight in the ski area parking lot where I don't have electrical hookups?

Finnally, will this package mean that I won't have to 'winterize' the unit if it's kept plugged in while in storage?


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Old 10-01-2009, 10:16 PM   #2
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The "Arctic Package" on FR motorhomes at least is heating pads on the holding and water tanks as well as the elbows on the sewage drains that when turned on will automatically come on when the temps drop to or below freezing and will heat said items above to around 45 degrees and keep them there so that they don't freeze.

Dual pane windows are a separate option or are included in a larger option package, or at least that is the way it was when we ordered ours last year.

I would only advise using your rig for skiing excursions if you can find a place with power available to plug in. The batteries will not last over night running the furnace, lights, pump and arctic package. If you have a small portable generator that will work too but you will have to have power for even an over night stay night stay if you want to stay warm.

When we go skiing with ours we look for ski resorts that have RV parking with hookups (not to many do) or a nearby campground that does. As long as we can get within a 45 minute drive or so of the slopes then we just tow our Jeep liberty behind and use that to drive up to the lodge.

As to your second question, I would not trust the arctic package to keep my rig safe in storage. If you plan to keep it in storage for a length time in the winter then blow the fresh water lines out with compressed air (a fitting can be bought to plug into the city water inlet to do this) and empty all your tanks. If for some reason your rig looses power (like an outtage due to a storm) then it will be a sitting duck to the cold if you rely on the arctic package to keep it safe
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