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Old 06-04-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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301 Arctic Package

I recently have been googling sites looking up my new SV 301 10th Ann. trailer, and I saw a sticker on one stating "Arctic Package". Is there other options available other than the enclosed heated underbelly on my new trailer, or does mine just not have the sticker? Just curious.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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There usually all kinds of options. Sometimes they come as a package, such as Arctic Package, and sometimes just an option, such gas/electric water heater, generator prep, large AC, etc. Each of the latter options are added one at a time when there is no "package" that has them. The Arctic Package on most was enclosed belly, heated tanks, and storm windows. Maybe extra insulation in floor and ceiling. I would venture a guess, if you don't have the sticker, you don't have the "package", even though you may have parts of it, just not the whole thing. Your bill of sale might help list what options and cost for each are on your trailer.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:37 PM   #3
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it would make sense that there would be a difference in protection. PErsonally I';d ratehr see teh Jamacian package myself.
Spent too many nights in Artic tents with stove and lantern watch.

The further I can get my tired military bones away from snow and freezing the better.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #4
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We were told that the Arctic package is only available in certain areas. We live in CT and we could not get it. I guess it's not cold enough around here.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:05 PM   #5
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The Arctic Package was a mandatory option for us in NW Oregon.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:50 AM   #6
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When I first looked at the 301 at our local dealer in March, I remember seeing the Arctic Package sticker near the door; however, when I bought mine a couple of weeks ago, it didn't have the sticker. I live in Northern Nevada (not Las Vegas) where we experience cold winters. My dealer informed me that my trailer was from a dealer in the Reno area that was going out of business. I'm wondering if the one I bought is indeed the Arctic Package. My TT has the heated under belly, and I assumed that's what qualified it as Arctic Package. Anyone know if there are more options that make up this package? I figured I could camp later in the fall and earlier in the spring with the higher insulation value and the heated under belly.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:01 AM   #7
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According to the Forrest River website, here are the MANDATORY options for the 10th anniversary edition:

Surveyor Select Mandatory Options

10th Anniversary Package (33 lbs.)
Aluminum Split Spoke Wheels
Outside Stereo Speakers
Exterior Assist Handle
Lamilux 4000 Colored Gel-Coated Fiberglass
26" LCD Flat Screen TV (24" - SV-235RKS)
Slam Latch Baggage Doors
Ball Bearing Drawer Glides
Hitch Light
Extended Down Spouts
Illuminated Pass-Thru Storage Compartment
Shaw® r2x Residential Stain Resistant Carpet
Interior Luxury Package (208 lbs.)
Raised-Panel Cabinet Doors w/ Residential Hidden Hinges
Stove Cover
AM/FM/CD/DVD Stereo System w/ Remote Control & 4 Speakers
Sofa Pillows
6 Gal. G/E DSI Water Heater
3-Burner Cooktop w/ Oven
Sink Covers
Tub Surround
Microwave
E-Z Glide Dinette Table
Decorative Bedroom Pillows
Skylight Over Tub/Shower
Tub Surround
Exterior Luxury Package (267 lbs.)
Electric Awning
13.5 BTU Air Conditioner
30 lb. LP Bottles w/ Cover
Spare Tire/Carrier & Cover
Outside Shower
TV Antenna w/ Cable/Satellite Hook-Up
Independent Torsion Axles w/ Ultralube Hubs
Enclosed & Heated Underbelly
Aluma-Cage Construction
Detachable 30-amp Power Cord
2" Exterior Walls
(R-9) Insulation
Lamilux 1000 Gel-Coated Fiberglass
Tinted Safety Glass Windows
Black Tank Flush

That's 500 pounds and for the West Coast edition.

I can't find an arctic package on there website of any kind. They all enclosed and heated underbelly, but nothing of heated tanks, or thermal windows, which most arctic packages have. Might have to call Forrest River with the VIN number and ask.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:10 AM   #8
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Our Georgetown 325 (an '02 which we bought used), has the "Artic Pack" (GT label makers can't spell).

We got the orignal documentation and I have a hard time believing anyone would design such a dumb system. The heater elements, attached to the grey and black tanks, have built-in, non-adjustable thermostats. They come on at 34 F, drawing 7 Amps at 12Vdc each and stay on until the tank contents are bubbling away at 65F. I think my rig has two elements on each tank, so a boondocker with one like mine would soon run the batteries down, pulling 28 Amps.

There's no mention in the literature of safety shutoff if you accidentally turn them on on a tank that's empty. At 84 watts, it wouldn't take long to melt a hole in an empty plastic tank.

Since we don't go camping in anything approaching freezing weather, it's a system I won't even turn on. It seems like an answer looking for a problem.

If it ran on the kind of "frost-stat" that residential freeze protection uses, with ON at 34F and OFF at 37F, I could see some benefit. The black tank, particularly, would have so much contaminants in the water that I doubt it would freeze much before 25F or so. The grey water might freeze at 30F, so a "frost-stat" might be worth the trouble if you camp on marginally freezing weather.

Just my opinion.
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