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Old 01-25-2007, 05:25 AM   #15
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Dave and Connie,

We have a 36'FDDS. Our major problem has been hydraulic hoses with the bedroom slide, but we have had other issues. Unfortunately, it seems at least "one" thing happens every time we take it out. We will have had it one year Feb. 9. If we are about to the end of our "debugging," we can still say we are very satisfied with it and are glad we bought an Alpine. If we keep having issues on each trip, of course, that attitude can change. At this point, we would be afraid to take it to Mexico or Alaska.


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Old 02-08-2007, 04:08 AM   #16
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A couple of comments on HydroHot heating:
1-We have noticed a few times when our HydroHot furnace wasn't putting out heat that the red "low voltage fault" light was lit on the HydroHot control panel in the basement commpartment above the HydroHot. You have to poke a wire or small screwdriver through a tiny hole on the panel to reset a microswitch.
2-We intermittently lost all HydroHot function - it wouldn't turn on at all. I eventually traced the problem to no 12 volt power getting to the control panel in the basement. There must be a short somewhere in the red wire somewhere between the fuse under the bathroom sink and the control panel, but finding it in the wire spaghetti under the coach is impossible so I just rewired it.
3-Running the HydroHot on electric (not diesel) alone will not heat water or the coach sufficiently in cold weather. However, supplementing it with a small ceramic cube heater and electric blanket keeps you warm as toast and avoids running the stinking diesel HydroHot when you are hooked up to shore power or have your generator running.
4-When on the road, your coach diesel engine heats the fluid in the HydroHot and you can use the thermostat furnace setting to warm the coach in addition to the chasis heater up front without having to turn on the electric or diesel HydroHot switch at all.

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Old 02-08-2007, 06:13 AM   #17
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We had the "low Voltage" no-workee once. Seems like more clever circuitry could reset itself, but then I had something similar w?the Xantrex & 110 power that had to be reset via the AGS panel, & Xantrex is some pretty buff circuitry. Whuda I know?
So I cut the skinny handle off a hobby paint brush & epoxied a hook on it; it now hooks over the face panel of the HHot so its there when the 12V gremlin shows up again & I don't have to fish around for a tool.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:45 AM   #18
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We've been down to 12F and windy and never had a problem keeping it as warm as we'd like.

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