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Old 10-23-2014, 07:23 AM   #11
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I have the electric jacks, neighbor has the manual, both rock and roll. I added a strong arm stabilizer kit to mine and will see if this is the answer.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:59 PM   #12
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Added the JT strong arms to my 360IBL. Huge difference. If you didn't get this with your camper they are about $250 and worth every penny.

The fireplace seems to warm the back nicely. I added a mach 8 with heat strip to the front and it heats nicely as well. I had a thought the other day, only using the fireplace and other radiant heaters the tanks wouldn't be receiving any heat. Makes me wonder if they would freeze up in cold temps without the furnace running that dumps heat into that space. Thoughts?

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Old 10-25-2014, 02:07 PM   #13
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Never thought of that
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:25 PM   #14
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We use the electric 6 point on our 320RS with JT Strong Arm Jacks. It is very solid and it's nice to just push a button to get it leveled up. The JT strong arm let us get rid of the front stabilizer jack. It's nice to push a button and its up to the right level to hook up to the F350. We are very pleased.
I don't know about the furnace. We have left it on all night and kept the chill off but wasn't really cold outside. Happy camping. It's a fun and comfortable 5er.
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:36 PM   #15
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We have a 2014 322rlds its 36' long it has the electric jacks we love them they hold the unit very stable and I'm not a small fellow 290lbs. When I first started camping with my unit I was determined to remove them and put some other system on, I called my dealer he asked if I did as manufacturer recommended and made sure that the distance from the bottom of the trailer to the ground wasn't over 2' of course I hadn't, so I purchased some leveling stackable blocks used them under the stabilizer pads to make up the difference and now my unit sets very stable. What this does is it angles the stabilizer arms to reach out further which gives more stability. As far as the electric fireplace I agree with some of the other responses it will maintain at 37-38 degrees much less than that and you will need to make up the difference with your furnace especially if it is below 32 to warm the under belly to avoid tank and pipes from freezing.
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:03 PM   #16
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If it gets cold enough to start worrying whether the tanks will freeze or not, then the fireplace isn't gonna keep you warm enough anyway. Our fireplace/heater in our Northridge works very well, we do occasionally use the furnace, especially April and October. Our last unit did not have the fireplace, and do notice a huge reduction in propane use with the newer unit.

We also have the electric jacks, and although I have no preference between them or the scissor style, I added Steadyfast stabilizers, made a world of difference. There is probably half a dozen different styles of braces/stab bars on the market, my favorite is Steadyfast, as they're connection points are frame to jack leg. Thus needing only 3 bars instead of six. Simple like me.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:04 PM   #17
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Hello, we have the same unit and, one night we unexpectedly ran out of propane in the early evening. We were forced to rely on the fireplace, and a small radiant heater. Between the two, I was pleasantly surprised at the warmth, without either heater being set on high.

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