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Old 10-25-2012, 07:18 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Old Trucker View Post
Heat in basement??? I have a 99 Alpine coach, that I purchased 3 years ago. I have always been afraid of tanks & plumbing componets freezing. We travel from Indiana to South Texas and leave just after Christmas. I have gotten too old and too fat to climb into the basement. Have any of you older Alpine owners have an answer?? Thanks, old trucker
Originally Posted by EngineerMike View Post
There should be one heat duct dangling in the basement open on the end. Mine has a thermostat on the basement ceiling set to trigger the furnace assuming the furnace is on.
On mine (HydroHot) there is no thermostat setting for the basement zone inside the coach, hence the separate thermostat. I'm assuming earlier coaches were the same.
Our '99s don't have heated storage/wet bays. However a couple of weeks ago I had a thermometer in the bay by the pump and with lows in the mid 20 range the bays stayed at or above 44 with the coach temp set for a cool 64 for sleeping. Also when I replaced the high limit switch on the Suburban heater I noticed there are a couple of unused knockouts so it would be very easy to add a duct and even split the 4" duct into two 2" and route them to warm the bays. However it seems the ducting loses enough heat to keep things from freezing, at least in moderate sub freezing temps. Won't have it home to try at 0F.

The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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