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Old 01-21-2014, 11:19 PM   #31
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Missing a lot of good RVing by not using it if temps drop below 40. Just saying.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:33 PM   #32
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43D18 - Depends on where you're from.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:46 PM   #33
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Cold Last Night

Well this cold weather has been interesting. I put a remote temp sensor in my tank area to keep an eye on things. Watched it drop, drop, drop. Previously ran some extension cords and put some small ceramic heaters in the bays just in case at 20 outside, the temp in the areas dropped to around 28. It was just getting colder. Furnace was running as well. Decided to turn on the little heaters at minimum heat and fan. I was not worried about the holding tanks as much as the all the water lines and there are a ton of them without any cover at all except the hatch doors. When the furnace runs it does push some hot air into the hatch area, but not enough. The small heaters brought temp up to 35 at around 15 degrees. Will see what happens tonigh at 7.
OH water froze at spicket even with heat tape, so all my prep and still had to take a shower in the KOA bathhouse.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:52 PM   #34
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Cold again

I checked all over mine and no fresh water line that I could find is in any way prepped for cold weather. I looked into the vent covers in the floor and every so often a hole is drilled into the bottom. That is all you get for the fresh water lines. I also put a spotlight into one vent covered the others up to see what it looked like underneath, and in my opinion the holes are not large enough to keep everything warm below, and not enough of them. For now I am keeping the heaters.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:14 PM   #35
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WSW - what year and model do you have? What are you referring to when you say you turned on the "little heaters"?

On our 2014 351:
The *only* real exposed fresh water lines are in the connection bay where the waste valves and filter are located - in this bay, we place a trouble light w/ 75watt bulb with keeps it *well* above freezing even down to single digits.All other lines are "above the belt" or housed within the insulated fresh water bay. The fresh water tank, water pump, and lines heading into the coach are all contained in an insulated compartment which receives heat while the furnace is running. What works for us is to keep a supplemental heat source in the coach so the furnace doesn't have to run all the time, but we set the furnace thermostat on 58, and when it calls for the furnace inside, it pumps plenty of heat into the basement to keep the temp well above freezing.

Your coach may be different than ours, but this has worked well for us.

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Old 01-23-2014, 04:04 PM   #36
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I just got an 05 370XL and really like it. My water lines while covered from the front with some type of panel are exposed when you look behind the front cover. The only heat they get is from holes drilled into the bottom of the heat vent over the tanks, and what the heat pads give off. That did okay till about 18 or 19 if you run the propane heater. I put a remote temp sensor in a bay to check. When it got really cold in the bay with the heater running and the drop got to 28 degrees in the bay I got worried. I bought three little quartz heaters. 15 bucks each at Wal-Mart. Plugged them in and kept track. At around 12 degrees, i regulated each separate heater thermostat to keep the bays at 35 degrees with the propane heater going, the heat pads on, etc. Not sure what else to do. With the bath and a half, tank washout systems etc. This unit has a ton of water lines, and a lot of them are just run under the unit in the bays. I plan on putting in some bigger vents inside and if possible cut some larger holes over the holding tanks in the spring, but need the water now, so will run the little heaters.

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