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Old 09-19-2016, 11:17 PM   #1
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Ordered Dutch Star at Hershey without heat pad for holding tank

Just ordered our first MH at the Hershey show. A Dutch Star 4369 on a Spartan chassis. Going over the build sheet and see that I did not order the 110 heating pad for the holding tank. I think it's located in the control valve compartment. Has anyone used this? Is it for when you are not using heat and storing the RV or when using the heating.I know the heat also heates the lower compartments. Is it worth adding this option for $329 or do I just buy electric heater and plug it in. I plan on winterizing it in the winter months but we may use it to drive to Florida from New Jersey sometimes in the winter.

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Old 09-19-2016, 11:34 PM   #2
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I have the heat pads , and only use them when staying in the coach in freezing temperatures; couple of nights on the road heading south, mostly because they came with the coach.
Does the coach have the water bay heat duct to the water bay, from the furnace ; and a booster fan for that duct?
If you have the booster fan , and only travel in cold temperatures occasionally , you should do just fine without the pads.
The pads would be quieter if you were staying in cold temps for a long time , and not paying for the power.
I can hear my booster fan running when in use , but that could be due to the age of the unit.
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Old 09-20-2016, 01:09 AM   #3
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My Baystar has a duct from the furnace to the basement tank area...it works fine as long as you are using the furnace to heat the motor home. If not put a small space heater in the tank area. I don't stay long anywhere where it gets that cold.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:54 AM   #4
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Just ordered our first MH at the Hershey show. A Dutch Star 4369 on a Spartan chassis. Going over the build sheet and see that I did not order the 110 heating pad for the holding tank. I think it's located in the control valve compartment. Has anyone used this? Is it for when you are not using heat and storing the RV or when using the heating.I know the heat also heates the lower compartments. Is it worth adding this option for $329 or do I just buy electric heater and plug it in. I plan on winterizing it in the winter months but we may use it to drive to Florida from New Jersey sometimes in the winter.

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Hi Peter, congrads on your new DS
I have the pads on my Mountain Aire, had it since '09, camped in 20 deg. weather, basement heated, never turned on the heating pads. When it gets really cold out, I also run a small cube heater in the basement to help keep it warm along with the basement heat. So, I am not to sure if I would worry about the heating pads. Make sure to post some photo's of your new Coach when you get it!
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:10 AM   #5
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Congrats on your new Dutch Star!

We ordered ours without the tank pads. We expect to be fine without them.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:57 AM   #6
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Congrats on your new purchase, we live in RI and ordered our DS4018 with heating pads. My logic was in the big picture how much is $329 going to add to my monthly payments, and have no worries. Good luck
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Congratulations on your Newmar and welcome to the forum and irv2.
Traveled many years to FL. during winter months and the furnace always kept the tank bays toasty warm.
Now if your going north put a insulated pad on the bottom of your water bay when you do so.
Below in my signature you will find links to many more for info for your Newmar.
Enjoy the coach and forum and safe travels.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:25 AM   #8
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I can hardly imagine me ever using a heated pad for the water tank- obviously I don't have the option either. The DS is so well insulated (and the basement is heated). Besides if temps were that insanely cold that you need to protect many gallons of water wouldn't you be more worried about a water line?
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I sure hope you have better luck with RVone than I did. Stay on top of them and good luck. You'll love your DS!
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Most of the water lines are in the insulated ceiling of lower compartments if you are going to be in a cold freezing area for long the insulated blanket on floor of water bay will help the exposed piping behind the panel board where your heat is also from furnace.
Have camped in northern Maine in cold weather with no problems in fresh water tank or pump and piping.
Here is some more on winter travel and winterizing and one on winter camping in a Newmar.
Enjoy your Newmar where ever you go and safe travels.
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