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Old 11-29-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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Heating RV interior?

My wife and I are new to RVing and have recently purchased a 94 Vogue Prima Vista. We just learned it has a Webasto heat pump. I understand this system operates from the desiel fuel tank while on the road. How do we generate heat while docked in a RV park?

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I would save the fuel and get a heater/fireplace...use the park's electricity. We love ours!

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Old 11-29-2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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Heating RV interior?

My wife and I are new to RVing and have recently purchased a 94 Vogue Prima Vista. We just learned it has a Webasto heat pump. I understand this system operates from the desiel fuel tank while on the road. How do we generate heat while docked in a RV park?

Thank in advance for your help.

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Old 11-29-2011, 07:41 PM   #4
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Thank for the advice. Sounds like a good idea. However, at present I'm trying to determine immediate options to existing system. My thermostat shows both electric heat and gas (desiel) heat but I didn't know if the electric option meant I could by pass the Webasto.

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I would use the electric heat option- that way you are using the heat pump on your a/c instead of fuel...it might be noisier but cheap.
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The Wabasto's usually have an electric heat option, it uses and electric heater in the Wabasto tank. It will heat the unit if the temps don't get too low.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:20 PM   #7
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Thank you...so if I am hooked up at a RV park and switch to electric the webasto will then operate without using the desiel fuel?
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Thank you...so if I am hooked up at a RV park and switch to electric the webasto will then operate without using the desiel fuel?
I'm not sure about your installation, I have an AquaHot with a Webasto diesel burner. I leave both electric and diesel turned on. in most cases the electric heating elements keep the water hot enough for our needs. If the water temperature drops below a certain point, he diesel burner comes on. Your system may not work that way.

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Just be aware that heat pumps are only good down to about 40 degrees. At point you need another source of heat be it a furnace on LP or electric option.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:15 PM   #10
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If it runs off the tank on the road it should do the same parked.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:18 PM   #11
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I think you will find that the coach has two separate heating systems, Webasto and electric. The electric option is likely toe kick heaters. I don't think there was an electric option to heat the Webasto coolant on one of that vintage. As you know, the Webasto heats engine coolant and circulates it to the radiators in the coach, where 12 volt fans blowing over the radiators circulate the warm air. The Webasto can also be used while you are plugged in, but your neighbors might not like the exhaust. If not well tuned, they can be smokey. The Webasto sucks a lot of 12 volt power to run the pump that circulates the fluid and the fans, but I used the one on my prior bus all the time in really cold weather, usually while plugged into electric power. If you are below freezing, you need to think about using the Webasto as there is probably a radiator in you water bay, but your electric heat may not prevent freezing up down there.
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The Webasto is a diesel heater that could be forced air or heats a fluid, but from what you have said sounds like forced air. The giveaway is the, it runs while going down the road. The forced air version is both fuel efficient and does not use much electricity. They do need to be serviced every once in a while.
While our set up is MUCH smaller we use a ceramic heater when plugged in.
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Just be aware that heat pumps are only good down to about 40 degrees. At point you need another source of heat be it a furnace on LP or electric option.
I don't believe he has a heat pump. Sounds like he has the Wabasto heating unit with dual (diesel and electric) heating. Can't be sure though.
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i would save the fuel and get a heater/fireplace...use the park's electricity. We love ours!


we have one of these and never turn on the coach heat.
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