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Old 10-26-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Basement bay heated

does anyone know how many basement bays are heated by the furnace. and would it be necessary to skirt under coach if going to be in Indianapolis for three months this winter.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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The heated bays are the "Wet" bays, (Bays that contain water tanks, black, gray, wash or fresh).

Indy.. Well you will need to take precautions.. I do not know if skirting is the proper precaution however.. Sorry. I get outta town before then headed SOUTH!!
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I was poking around in my 'wet bay' today and saw the Aqua Hot heat exchanger in that space. I guess it will provide enough heat to keep things from freezing up in there. It has no fan so relies only on convection to circulate the air. However, the exchanger is mounted at the top of the space and that would seem to less than efficient. The compartment door seems to be foam filled but the compartment bottom is not insulated. If I were to be staying for long in really cold weather, I think I would add a trouble light in the space to add a bit of heat.
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plug

There is a male plug at the bottom, is that a heating pad, can't see where it goes
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Some auxiliary heat device maybe needed in the bay next to the wet bay. Some folks say a standard light bulb will keep it warm enough to prevent freezing. Others might suggest electric space heaters. If you go that route make sure that you have a power source that does not run through your inverter. If it does It will burn the inverter out. Either hard wire in a 20 amp circuit to the bay or use a large gauge extension cord (12g min) to plug into a 20 amp source outside the MH. Larger cord would be better. Also read the instructions that come with the heater and follow all clearance directions and other directions and instructions. One with a thermostat would and 500-750 watts would be more than enough to heat the area.
I just had 2- 20 amp circuits run that bypass the inverter. One goes to the front of the coach and one goes to the bay next to the wet bay. These circuit are only energized when the coach is plugged into shore power.
Another thing to do is keep your waste tanks and water tanks as close to full before you dump them. They have a lot of thermal mass that will help prevent freezing. Do not leave your water or sewer hoses hooked up. Even if they contain no water and don't freeze they will become very brittle and break easily if stepped on or bent.
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I put a 100 W bulb in an industrial aluminum reflector in the wet bay and leave it on all the time. Been doing that to over 10 years now with no problems. Last year I bought a 200 W personal heater and a heat/cold activated plug in. Will try it out this winter now that I have a remote thermometer that works and also records lows and highs.
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thanks

Appreciate all the input, I have wrapped the hoses with alum foil an put heat strips on them as well as pipe insulating foam, the bay next to wet bay has a furnace duct wonder why they did not put wet bay thanks to all
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If you use heat tape make sure it is not wrapped upon itself. It can cause a fire.
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