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Old 11-10-2014, 02:07 AM   #1
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We just traded for a 45 foot all electric 2010 Country Coach Magna. This was probably near the end of the CC production. The Owner's Guide does not match much of the installed equipment, so it's hard to figure out a lot of the operation. It is stored in a metal building with sprayed foam insulation. With cold weather on the way to north Texas, I would like to know how to heat the bays in case it gets colder than predicted. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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If you have it plugged in I would think you could heat with the aquahot.
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Congrats on the new wheels!!!

I'd suspect you'd be fine, but being a San Diego non cold expert - hope others will pitch in who have more experience...

You could call CC in Oregon with your coach number, and ask them for input on the bays. If you plug in the coach with at least a 30A supply, the coach should be fine. Not sure if 20A will take care of it or not.

Again welcome, and bet otehrs will share their knowledge with you soon... Enjoy the ride!
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We just traded for a 45 foot all electric 2010 Country Coach Magna. This was probably near the end of the CC production. The Owner's Guide does not match much of the installed equipment, so it's hard to figure out a lot of the operation. It is stored in a metal building with sprayed foam insulation. With cold weather on the way to north Texas, I would like to know how to heat the bays in case it gets colder than predicted. Any help would be appreciated.
Congratulations on the new coach!
Your coach has the AquaHot system, which heats the bays as well as the coach. If you have 50-amp service available, you can run the AquaHot on high--with 30-Amp service you would have to run it on low. The controls are in the bedroom. The AquaHot will run on diesel as well, but the storage area would need to be ventilated. Once you turn heat on in the coach, the bays will receive heat.
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Congratulations on the 2010 Magna. Our rule is it isn't true until you post a pic so we can drool over it.

I am no expert on the Magna's but my Allure with Aqua Hot has a heat exchanger in the wet bay that provides some heat to the holding tanks, the water pump and the water connections/filter. Perhaps the Magna has additional exchangers in other basement areas but not sure that is an issue unless you plan to store items in those areas that would be damaged by cold.

The Aqua Hot has both electric and diesel burner capabilities. Your Magna probably has the larger AH unit with two electric elements so you can leave one or both of those on, set your T-stats to a low temp, and that should take care of it. There should be an adjustable T-stat in the wet bay. I suspect you would need at least a 30 amp service to run both of the elements.

I have the small Aqua Hot with only one electric element. My coach is outside and connected to a 50 amp service. I left both my electric element and the diesel burner on and set my T-stats to 48 F last winter and all was well. I did put a 100 watt trouble light in the wet bay near the water pump and used one of those T-stat controlled outlets to turn that on when it got really cold. We had some single digit nights and everything was fine.

Parked inside and if you can use both of your electric elements, you should be fine. Or, you could do a full winterization and not worry. However, make sure you follow the instructions to pump RV antifreeze through the Aqua Hot unit to protect it.
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Thanks for all the info. It is plugged into 50A service. I will crank up the Aqua Hot and leave the T-stat set low. Will post picture next time I take it out of the storage building.
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