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Old 01-02-2016, 09:15 PM   #1
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We are going to take our maiden voyage in our New 377TS the end of this month from Southern Ohio to Nashville. Looking at the extended forecast, looks like the weather should be in the mid 40's to low '50's for the entire trip. While n the road would it be best to run the dash heat and the generator with the two A/C heat strips or the dash heat and one or both of the furnaces, or will the dash heat alone be sufficient while we are on the road. We have been 5th wheelers for the last 20 years and this is our first motorhome since the early nineties. Back then we never took any winter trips.
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:10 PM   #2
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I have found the heat strips not to be effective at producing heat. The fan is too strong to produce much heat.
The dash heater has worked for us going down the road. When we stop and set up camp we use ceramic heater to keep us warm. Only when it gets down into the 30's do we use the furnace. We have never needed the furnace while traveling even when it was in the 30's. If needing more heat In the future I would probably run the generator and use our ceramic heater for extra heat.
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:00 PM   #3
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DW and I have traveled in weather down to mid 20's while driving. We run dash heat and furnace heat as needed.

We are currently staying in north GA mountains and temps are in 20's at night. We use our heat strips to keep unit warm. Have found that you need to make sure both thermostats are set at same temperature and helps to leave bedroom door open. This lets them run together to fill the ceiling vent lines efficiently with warm air to warm rv. Remember it runs on low fan. I have a thermometer in a vent register and when both units running after 5-10 minutes it shows about 85 degree air coming out. Reminds me of heat pumps used hear in south. It maintains interior temps fine. But If you need to adjust warmer quicker I switch to furnace to raise it quickly and then go back to heat strips.


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Old 01-03-2016, 07:49 AM   #4
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I didn't think about the ceramic heaters. We have two real nice ones that look like table lamps that we always used in the 5th wheel and they always kept us warm. We very seldom ever used te furnace in our 5th wheel. Between the two ceramic heaters and the fireplace they were enough. Thanks for the responses.
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we are going to take our maiden voyage in our new 377ts the end of this month from southern ohio to nashville. Looking at the extended forecast, looks like the weather should be in the mid 40's to low '50's for the entire trip. While n the road would it be best to run the dash heat and the generator with the two a/c heat strips or the dash heat and one or both of the furnaces, or will the dash heat alone be sufficient while we are on the road. We have been 5th wheelers for the last 20 years and this is our first motorhome since the early nineties. Back then we never took any winter trips.
i have a 378xl and live about 90 miles from nashville. I recommend using the forward furnace to keep your rig warm.
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Old 01-03-2016, 12:46 PM   #6
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Old 01-03-2016, 01:24 PM   #7
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Remember that the heat strips only work down to a certain temperature. When it gets very cold, we used the furnace which also helped keep the lower areas where the duct work is a little warmer as well.

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While I only have 1 trip under my belt since we bought our 364, we used the front furnace and dash, which kept the whole coach more than warm enough in 30 degree weather.


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The few times that it has been cold and with recent dropping eown to the low 40's high 30's down here at NSB Kings Bay MWR campground, the Heat strips and electric fireplace have kept it toasty. As mentioned by another reader, both units at same temp help with the heat.

On a side note, as I write this at 2:20pm, it is 56 degrees out, both units have been off since 9am, and it is a comfortable 68 degrees in the coach. I avoid the furnace at all costs.

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Old 01-03-2016, 02:47 PM   #10
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Heat strips

Are you sure you have heat strips or do you just have a heat pump. Most Rv heat pumps don't have strips, that is usually an upgrade done at the factory. Most often it is a heat pump and gas furnace. I think some of the new Rv or heated by water also.
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