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Old 01-24-2016, 10:01 PM   #11
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Okay, maybe I didn't say it plain. The board is there to contain heated air supplied by the furnace duct to the water pump closet. Heat loss is a function of not just the heat differential and insulation value, but also in direct proportion the area over which the differential exists. The board being there reduces the area by 4 to 6 times compared to it's absence. Hence considerable less chance to freeze.

I also added insulation behind the board.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:28 PM   #12
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Think it's also there to prevent stowing soft goods from covering the water pump and allowing it to overheat.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:52 PM   #13
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Thanks Rubber Nail, your explanation makes sense now.


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Old 01-25-2016, 09:42 AM   #14
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When I had my PDI on my 2011 Georgetown 327DS, I asked the same question. The answer was: this is to prevent you from storing stuff in this compartment. Of course, it also prevents you from changing the valves so winterize and makes it difficult to extract the winterizing hose. It's also impossible to change the water filter with the cardboard cover in place.

The compartment door has styrafoam insulation in it and the R factor of the thin cardboard is meaningless when compared to the door insulation. The compartment plastic box, where there's no bubble insulation is the greatest heat loss area for the compartment.

I removed mine and use the compartment to store the filter wrench and a few spare filter cartridges. It also makes it easy to visually inspect the tank when filling it so I can avoid the dreaded "siphon overflow drains water tank" problem.

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Old 01-25-2016, 07:54 PM   #15
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Smile Makes it tidy looking, but hard to work inside!

I've got that unit and removed mine to deal with winterizing and also added a 110v plug to add a heater for winter operations. The water pump sits on the bottom of the compartment with no insulation to protect the pump. Been planning on adding foam insulation to protect the compartment. The water heater will provide enough ambient heat to protect the enclosure once insulated. Still using my little thermostat controlled heater when needed. Will post mod when I can get to it!
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Old 01-27-2016, 01:26 PM   #16
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Thanks all for the replies. Interesting that FR would go to the trouble of adding something that does nothing.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:36 PM   #17
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Just out of morbid curiosity....has anyone asked FR what the purpose is??
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:00 PM   #18
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AGAIN. There is a furnace duct that discharges hot air behind the baffle board. The baffle board helps contain the warm air around the water pump to prevent freezing! Would have been better if they had used insulation board, but the rest of the compartment isn't insulated either.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:25 AM   #19
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I have and 06 that had the plastic boards with hand hole and there is no heat duct or exposed heating ducts that would offer any heat to that area. Maybe on and XL or one with arctic pac there would be heat. I believe they are there to dress the area because I have them in another compartment that is nowhere near any water.
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