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Old 12-09-2013, 10:38 PM   #11
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We have a compartment similar in the wall just behind the toilet, it is accessible from inside, so a light bulb would work great in there for the winter. Think I'll stick one in there with a timer when I go back up Saturday. The Crusader has the low point drain system, which works great during winter. Draining everything works about as well as blowing the lines out, done that also, so should be fine. Put plenty of pink stuff in all the P-Traps and Toilet Bowl: Along with the Oil Heater sit on Freeze setting:
Does anyone know the location of the basement heat? I have a 2011 360 and I've read the furnace sends heat down to the areas where there are water pipes. We are wintering in Virginia and it is getting into the low 30s overnight. I have the furnace running and heating the MH but don't want to wake to frozen pipes.
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Not sure exactly where the heat enters the basement. Its difficult if not impossible to see where. But if its only going to reach the low 30s you needn't be concerned. The most exposed area is probably the ouside shower bay. You might put a 100 watt bulb in there. But again unless you get temps in the 20s, and it stays there, you won't have a problem.

If you are concerned, keep the furnace set on 55. It will cycle on plenty enough to keep the basement above freezing
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:05 PM   #13
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Does anyone know the location of the basement heat? I have a 2011 360 and I've read the furnace sends heat down to the areas where there are water pipes. We are wintering in Virginia and it is getting into the low 30s overnight. I have the furnace running and heating the MH but don't want to wake to frozen pipes.
You probably have a heat duct down there for heat, I live in Virginia you should be fine tonight, the only thing that I would disconnect is your water supply hose. If you have tank heaters turn them on also. Where are you at in Virginia? I live in the southern part right above NC. I have not winterized I use a 1500 watt space heater with my cabinet doors open sink and bath. The outside shower I put some insulation behind the outside door. been doing it for 2 years now knock on wood not a problem yet. CG's are closed now where are you at in Virginia?
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:28 AM   #14
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You probably have a heat duct down there for heat, I live in Virginia you should be fine tonight, the only thing that I would disconnect is your water supply hose. If you have tank heaters turn them on also. Where are you at in Virginia? I live in the southern part right above NC. I have not winterized I use a 1500 watt space heater with my cabinet doors open sink and bath. The outside shower I put some insulation behind the outside door. been doing it for 2 years now knock on wood not a problem yet. CG's are closed now where are you at in Virginia?
I am near Charlottesville, VA and we are expected to have 3 nights of mid 20's. The furnace is set to 70 degrees and I can tell that the basement feels warm - my concern is with the water lines inside the compartments below. I have the supply water line into the MH wrapped with heat tape and then inside a foam wrap all the way into the water/sewer compartment. I coiled the extra length of hose in the compartment and wrapped it with the extra length of heat tape (raised the hose from sitting on the bottom of the compartment using rigid foam).

I have a 2011 360 and the Arctic Pack is on - I'm feeling safe in terms of the tanks. I had noticed that the hot/cold water supplies are in the two water/sanitary compartments and are not wrapped. Unfortunately, on my FR 360 there is only one compartment that has an AC plug - it's the forward storage that goes all the way across the MH. Go figure. Unlike my previous MH there are also no lights in the compartments.

If I wanted to put a small space heater in the larger compartment I would have to run an extension cord. Would it be safe to do so?
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Sounds like you have taken a lot of great precautions and you should be fine.

I would not recommend putting a space heater in the water connection compartment, or any compartment below. There should be no need to heat the larger compartment. All of the plumbing, with the exception of the water/sanitary compartment, should be "above the belt". For the water connection compartment, run a trouble light fitted with a 100 watt bulb, which should provide more than adequate heat to keep it above freezing in that compartment.

A few cautions - make sure you don't lay the light against plastic or anything flammable, and be sure to insulate the point of entry around the cord feeding the light so cold air doesn't enter, or it defeats the purpose.
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Water + Electricity = not good. My 2011 360 has two compartments for sanitary. One of them has the shower, water supply source (hose), fill for fresh water, water filter, and the sanitary for gray/black. The other has just the sanitary for gray/black. I will try the light in the first compartment.

Having said that, I've trying to find the schematics for the unit. I called Forest River and after being handed off several times I was told that they did not publish them and if I had a problem it should be addressed by a qualified service tech.

I just want to know the workings of the unit. There are mods I want to make but without schematics it is a shot in the dark. Nothing like drilling through power cables or water pipes. I just checked their web site and what I was told is there in black and white.

Does anyone have a source to get schematics? Possibly in another thread?
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In our coach, there are two 4" ducts that are connected to a metal plenum that runs the length of the Cargo Hole (rear to front) looks to be about 5'-0 long and about 4" x 12" square: This plenum gets pretty warm, so I'm figuring, if you have the furnace going, you will get all the heat you need down below: You can always close off the floor registers which should put more heat in that area as well.




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