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Old 10-08-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
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Arctic Package

Lots of discussion on this option but no manuals. I am interested in a link or .pdf to information on this option. I purchased my EVO trailer 2 days ago, but disappointed in the lack of documentation and/or technical information on this popular and misunderstood option. Any help out there?
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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I doubt that you're going to find what you are looking for. As you no doubt already know, this option includes:
  • Insulated & Enclosed Tanks
  • 12V Heat Strips
  • Radiant Foil Insulation
  • (Roof, Floor & Slide-Out Roof)
  • Double Insulation Roofs & Floors
You should find switches in your control panel to turn on the tank "heat strips" for when you know it's going to be below freezing. Other than that, I suggest you search here on FRF and ask questions about the parts you don't find answers to or don't understand.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:15 PM   #3
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i seriously doubt that there's any such documentation out there.
FR, like most RV manufacturers, only provides a generic, non-model/RV type specific owners manual.
sometimes you'll find a sheet or two, included for somethings specific to your model.
i would contact a EVO rep at FR and ask for any documents for that package.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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Thanks for your reply! Yes, the dealer told me these things. He basically said there is no documentation and it is just a part of the trailer. I am a little OCD about understanding how things work, and are intended to work, so I can operate it with confidence that it will work correctly. Also, if something goes wrong I know how to deal with it and why it went wrong. I am not hard on things, so they tend to last well beyond their life expectency. To this end, I lean toward over analyzation of these things.

Beyond all of this, I am trying to understand why Forest River offered such a useful add-on for my trailer and failed to put even a footnote about it in my manual. The comments I have read on this site and the internet have all been positive, except for the lack of documentation. I read one post where the owner of a similarly equipped trailer had a manual for this option, but offered no real insight beyond what you have offered here. I had hoped someone knew where to find a manual, diagram or any manufacturer information that gives me the confidence I am looking for.

With the lack of it, I will likely only be able to follow your suggestion and continue searching and ask questions. I am pretty good at figuring out most things anyway. It just doesn't leave a warm fuzzy feeling about Forest River on this though. That said, I will attempt to put together what I can find and assemble, something like an operators manual for myself and my wife, who is far worse than I on this OCD stuff.
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you need to know that the worthless owners manual is the RV Industry standard, not just a Forest River standard.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:32 PM   #6
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search through the link above labeled "library". That will be everything that is out there that you'd want, and much of it specific to your rig.

But we have the arctic pack too - the only thing to know is that if you turn the rocker switch 'on', then the heating pads come on at 45 degrees and don't shut off until 60 (but you'll just turn off the rocker switch way before that)
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:50 PM   #7
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Anyone know how much wattage the "tank heaters" draw with the Arctic package? While boondocking this past weekend, I went to turn it on and to my surprise it required me to turn on the generator (i.e. wouldn't run directly of house batteries).
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7 is what I just read in another recent thread on arctic packages.
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7? That should hardly require the generator. Hmmm. The next question would be how to swap it to use either/or (i.e. like the lights).
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Zippin:

I have the manufacturer data sheet on the Arctic Pack system on my Georgetown. I've assumed it's what Forest River calls an "ARTIC PAK" on the switch-plate. To a Brit like me, an "artic" is an 18-wheeler truck, a shortened version of the formal "articulated lorry".

I'll make PDF copies later today and send them as an attachment to a PM (if that works). Alternatively, you could send a PM to me with an e-mail address and I'll send them that way.

I thought the system was so poorly conceived, I've disconnected it. The heating elements, with built-in non-adjustable thermostats, switch on when the tank temperature drops below 40F and doesn't switch off again until it reaches 60F. There don't seem to be any safeguards against them switching on accidentally when the tank is empty. The ones on my MH (4 in total) each draw 7 amps at 12 Volts DC. I don't see draining 28 amps from the house batteries to heat sewage to 60 degrees. or risking a burn through of the base of an empty tank.

When I first heard about the system, I expected it to be more like residential freeze protection systems, heating from 34 to about 38 degrees.
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