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Old 02-07-2019, 09:42 PM   #1
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Alpha Wolf Heating/Cooling

I have a new 2019 Alpha Wolf 26RL-L it's apprx. 30 ft long. I have discovered that the heating system dose not work that well there is only one heat vent in the living space (living room dining room and kitchen) and one vent in the bedroom. When I first bought it I tried to sleep in it in the driveway it was 38 degrees outside and I could not get the temp inside over 50 degrees. My friends at Camping World suggested I buy a portable heater which I did, and you use it in the living area and when you go to bed move it into the bedroom. I am not sure about the arctic package I normally would not camp in winter anyway. My next question is how well the a/c system is going to work, I was told that the trailer is wired for a second a/c unit which is ok. I kind of figured that I might end up having to put a second unit in it, I also have a fifth wheel and I had to put a second one in it. But I just discovered that the area where the second a/c unit is to be installed is just a few feet from the main unit, my concern is what about the bedroom when it's 90+ degrees. But maybe I am putting the horse before the cart as I have not used the camper yet in the summer.
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:09 PM   #2
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1. Something is wrong with your furnace or you have unatched/crushed heat runs. At temps that mild your furnace should have no problem warming up the camper. shame on the dealer for not investigating.


2. do you have a 13k or 15k a/c unit? if you have the smaller unit it may struggle to keep up in extreme heat situations magnify that if you are on a sunny camp site with no shade.
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:05 AM   #3
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I have the 2019 26-DBHL and we had no problem keep the inside warm during hunting season. Other than the frozen water line mentioned in my other post. I did take the time to insulate the pass through storage area by stapling R-13 to the top and bed side wall. I also did the same in the rear storage area under bunk (put the insulation on the top of the storage area / bottom of the bunk. It made a huge difference. I did have to leave the one bedroom door open as the second vent is just outside of the bedroom.

I also had to stuff some R-13 insulation around the emergency exit windows in the frame as they let air in like crazy.

I also used one of those insulated vent fan blocks in the bathroom.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:56 AM   #4
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1. Something is wrong with your furnace or you have unatched/crushed heat runs. At temps that mild your furnace should have no problem warming up the camper. shame on the dealer for not investigating.


2. do you have a 13k or 15k a/c unit? if you have the smaller unit it may struggle to keep up in extreme heat situations magnify that if you are on a sunny camp site with no shade.
I am going to have to check on the size of the heating and air units I am not sure,
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:03 AM   #5
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I have the 2019 26-DBHL and we had no problem keep the inside warm during hunting season. Other than the frozen water line mentioned in my other post. I did take the time to insulate the pass through storage area by stapling R-13 to the top and bed side wall. I also did the same in the rear storage area under bunk (put the insulation on the top of the storage area / bottom of the bunk. It made a huge difference. I did have to leave the one bedroom door open as the second vent is just outside of the bedroom.

I also had to stuff some R-13 insulation around the emergency exit windows in the frame as they let air in like crazy.

I also used one of those insulated vent fan blocks in the bathroom.
That makes good sense, I don't mind adding a little insulation or even use some of that spray foam I have used that product in my 5th wheel it worked well. I live in East Tennesse while it dose not get real cold it dose get into the teens and it will help in the summer as well......thanks
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:35 AM   #6
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I attended the MARVAC RV show this weekend and came across my same 2019 Alpha Wolf. So I asked the salesman about the Arctic Package and he didn't know a whole lot so he gave me a brochure. Seems the brochure for the 2019 line is now two pages rather than the one pager I got last August for the 2019 line. It now states the underbelly is heated and insulated! Funny how when I called FR in November to complain about my water line freezing they they told me the underbelly was not heated or insulated nor do they recommend using the camper below 32 as it's not a three season camper!
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:40 PM   #7
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Looking at your specs there MUST be something wrong. Are all vent fans off? Your camper comes with a 35k btu furnace. My 26dbh which is only 3 feet shorter (also only 1 13 foot slide) than your rig has a 20k btu furnace and just the other day I ran the furnace in 20 degree temps for about an hour and was able to hit mid 50's when initial inside temp was 32. You are almost doubling the heating capacity and nowhere near double the area to heat.

Also specs show 15k btu a/c as standard on your model. I have 15k as well and in 100 degree heat SHADED I have no problem holding temps in the 60's. Key word is shaded. We did a 9 night in direct sun last year in July heat (couple days hit 100) and it made a huge difference. Temps inside were hitting 80 but no higher. A dry 80 vs humid 100 still felt good though. After that trip we try to only book shaded sites. You will just need to see how well yours will do in the heat. I only have one slide vs your two + you are an extra 3 feet in length = more space to cool.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:48 PM   #8
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i have a 2019 FR Vibe 28rl which has the same floor plane as yours and my heat works very well when its chilly, ac system i dont know yet its still cold here
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Old 02-21-2019, 09:50 AM   #9
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We have the same model Alpha Wolf 26RL. Only 2 heat ducts, one the living area and bedroom. No heat duct in the bathroom and it stays cold in there. The one in the living area is not sufficient to cover the area. We are very disappointed with this design but it's ours now. Our friend has a Cherokee 274WK with similar design and has 2 heat ducts in living area, one in the bathroom and bedroom and no problems heating. Just
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:29 AM   #10
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Yeah with only two heat ducts makes the bathroom cold. Since there are multiple unused heat ports available in the furnace I'm going to look at adding a 2" line from the furnace through the pantry and sink cabinet to a floor vent at the bottom kick plate in the bathroom. I am also hoping to add a 2" PVC line through the floor over to the fresh water tank and line to actually heat the underbelly. By adding a ball valve I can just open the line under the sink when needed to heat the underbelly. My spring to do list.
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