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Old 12-05-2017, 09:07 AM   #1
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Furnace air

Have a Ď16 36MQ. Question; is there any forced air (heat) going to the basement with either furnace running?
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According to the owners manual for your coach on page 139 it states that the fresh and waste eater compartments are heated by the furnace.
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Wonder which furnace?
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On my coach I'm using both furnaces. I've found that I'm actually using less propane that way as with just one it struggles to maintain the temp and that one runs continuously. I also have plumbing in the areas where both of the furnaces are. If I was to run just one it would be the one closest to the utility compartment/tank compartment. The floorplan on my coach has one of the furnaces directly over the utility/tank compartment.
The temps here are going to dropping into the 20's for at least the next two weeks. I took the coach and had the propane tank topped off yesterday. I have also added a 4 way in line propane fitting so I can run my furnaces off of external tanks.I currently have two 20 lbs (BBQ Grill) tanks connected to the coach and I'll be carefully watching the propane consumption over the next few days. When the 20lbs tanks get about half way down I'll take them and get them topped off.
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My coach has two 25000 btu furnaces I'm setting the inside thermostat to 45 degrees and when I get an idea of how much propane it's taking to maintain that I'll post the consumption figures. I'm too close now to my annual winter departure for points south to do a full winterization. My coach is plugged into 30 amps here at the house and the water heater is turned on to electric heat
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My owners manual also stated that the furnace would heat the service bays, but curiosity got the better of me and I wanted proof.
I took the front vent panel off to access the furnace and did find one 4" duct was entering the coach floor.
Great!
To take it one step further, I placed the remote sensor for my digital weather display in the bay beside the fresh water tank.
The outside temp was 34 deg. F and the inside temp was 36 deg. F.
When I turned on the propane furnace the inside temp jumped to 64 deg. and the basement temp went up to 56 deg.
Great!
I've decided to leave the remote sensor in the bay so that I can monitor while travelling south in January with the furnace running 24/7 during the first 2 days of cold weather.
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Like you I have done a partial winterize(used air to blow out lines). We are headed south in January so didnít want to do the antifreeze thing.
We are going down to the mid 20ís for a few days so just wondering how much I needed to do.
Donít know if running the heat pumps would help. I do have a 30 amp plug in.
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According to the owners manual for your coach on page 139 it states that the fresh and waste eater compartments are heated by the furnace.


Donít know what coach you have but my manual on page 139 does not address this issue.
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I referenced the manual that is available for download on the Thor website for a 2016 Tuscany XTE. The heat pumps will stop producing heat as the outside temp gets into the hi 30's. The heat pumps don't create heat they pull it out of the air and there just isn't enough energy in the air for them to grab once the temp gets in the 30's Also the heat pumps will not do anything to protect the plumbing and tanks as they throw their output out thru the rooftop A/C registers. If you have drained the hot water tank then no problem there. In my case I have the electric water heater turned on my tank is full.
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it would be helpful to know what kind of coach you have to help determine how relevant that info is to our coaches.
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I referenced the manual that is available for download on the Thor website for a 2016 Tuscany XTE. The heat pumps will stop producing heat as the outside temp gets into the hi 30's. The heat pumps don't create heat they pull it out of the air and there just isn't enough energy in the air for them to grab once the temp gets in the 30's Also the heat pumps will not do anything to protect the plumbing and tanks as they throw their output out thru the rooftop A/C registers. If you have drained the hot water tank then no problem there. In my case I have the electric water heater turned on my tank is full.
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it would be helpful to know what kind of coach you have to help determine how relevant that info is to our coaches.


I downloaded the Manuel and found the item.
Still donít know if either of the furnace tubing is routed to the wet bay.
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Perhaps the best way for you to satisfy your concern would be to call the Thor customer support number? I have found them to be professional and helpful in the past.
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Perhaps the best way for you to satisfy your concern would be to call the Thor customer support number? I have found them to be professional and helpful in the past.
As an educator for over 40 years, I find the best learning happens by experience and experimentation. Sure, anyone can call the manufacturer, but retention of a learned fact comes best through the former rather than the latter.

I always keep a spare remote thermometer handy, especially in cold weather, to be sure I can monitor temps outside and in critical areas. In the summer, the refrigerator and freezer are important to monitor, in winter the wet bay.
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I always keep a spare remote thermometer handy, especially in cold weather, to be sure I can monitor temps outside and in critical areas. In the summer, the refrigerator and freezer are important to monitor, in winter the wet bay.


I have one in the wet bay.
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Sorry, should have listed my coach.
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Gunny,

Does your have heated waste tanks, or can you dump them and leave them empty? If so, that will solve your tank problem. Another step is to hump on down to Tractor Supply and get you a https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...t?cm_vc=-10005 and a small heater or heatlamp to put in the wet bay. Then put a couple of oil filled radiator heaters in the coach and set on lowest setting. For what we are expecting, all I have done is open the bathroom door, rolled in the slide, turned on the heater and the tanks are empty.
Our coach is also connected to the house LP should it really get way too cold.
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