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Old 11-06-2015, 12:10 PM   #11
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Not exactly sure, but I think around 17 degrees.
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:18 PM   #12
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Did you already do any insulation to the compartments? Thinking to use some bubble stuff I used in my garage, r16 on a bubble wrap like roll.


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Old 11-06-2015, 12:42 PM   #13
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No, haven't added any insulation...yet. Light bulbs will definitely work, but that takes a lot of extra power.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:47 PM   #14
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I read that bubble wrap has poor insulation resistance. I'm going to pack the water bay with either blankets or insulation batts for this first trip. When I return, I'll do a more peranent installation, like installing Styrofoam-type insulation that's used in houses. I figure lining the bottom and inside cabinet doors of the water and sewer cabinets should do the job very well. Combined with the heat pads on the tanks and the furnace duct into the water bay should give plenty of freeze protection to the tanks, water pump, and exposed water lines. Haven't addressed the water line to/from the water heater yet, and the washer/dryer. I have to work on those. I'll experiment during our trip to Minnesota. We're now planning on leaving Sunday afternoon.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:56 PM   #15
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I read that bubble wrap has poor insulation resistance. I'm going to pack the water bay with either blankets or insulation batts for this first trip. When I return, I'll do a more peranent installation, like installing Styrofoam-type insulation that's used in houses. I figure lining the bottom and inside cabinet doors of the water and sewer cabinets should do the job very well. Combined with the heat pads on the tanks and the furnace duct into the water bay should give plenty of freeze protection to the tanks, water pump, and exposed water lines. Haven't addressed the water line to/from the water heater yet, and the washer/dryer. I have to work on those. I'll experiment during our trip to Minnesota. We're now planning on leaving Sunday afternoon.
The stuff I was talking about is actually prodex.

Prodex Total Insulation 48 Inch

I am using this in my pole building.. Figure I'll at least try it in the bays below on the MH.

Have a great trip! Be safe.
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Old 11-07-2015, 09:54 AM   #16
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I looked it up. Prodex is NOT "bubble wrap". It's not even close to it. But it does look like it would work well. I'm not sure of the thickness, but the ade says R-16 insulation resistance value. That seems high. But without seeing a saple, I don't know. Do the hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes carry it? How did it work for your pole barn? Is it costly?
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I looked it up. Prodex is NOT "bubble wrap". It's not even close to it. But it does look like it would work well. I'm not sure of the thickness, but the ade says R-16 insulation resistance value. That seems high. But without seeing a saple, I don't know. Do the hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes carry it? How did it work for your pole barn? Is it costly?
The R value of R16 is optimistic to be sure, however it is cheap for what it is. Works great in the pole building. Only cost around $1000 to do all the walls of a 40x64x16ft building. Doing blown in insulation for the ceiling.

Home Depot or Lowes do not sell this brand, however there is another brand very similar that they do sell. I can't remember the name though.

I'll be outfitting my coach with this (floors and exterior walls in the basement before the real winter sets in). Hoping I can actually do some cold weather camping.
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PS: This will be our first trip with the new rig, so I want to be totally ready for anything, especially bad cold weather.
Wow. Good luck and I hope your first trip goes well. Way too cold for me though! Post any issues, we will all be watching.
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We left Sunday afternoon. After any 5 hours the engine battery went dead and engine started into shutdown mode. Had to stop so pulled into truck stop in Big Springs Nebraska on I-80. Called Coach net. Spent night in the rig in the parking lot. On Monday afternoon, got towed 75 miles to nearest Freightliner shop. They found and fixed a broken wire control lead to the alternator. Everything a go, so we drove a few hours and spent last night in a Nebraska rest stop. All is well and rig is doing well. I even learned how to set the automatic generator start so when house batteries go down, gender comes on to charge the batts. Works sweet! Ready to head out noe. Next stop is Council Bluffs Iowa. Winter storm warning for tonight in Nebraska so gotta go. Cheers to all!!
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I have had two conversations now with forest river to find out if we have a hearing vent in wet bay. First conversation I was told yes and then yesterday I emailed to confirm and get an exact location and was told there isn't.

So what is the real answer?
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