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Old 01-25-2016, 07:42 PM   #15
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We have the heated floors in our rig. In the year we've had it I've never turned them on. They are electric and you can't have rubber backed rugs down when using the heat. Since we have two runners we put down for the cats and the temps have been moderate it's no a big thing.
We have 400 watts of solar and so far the panels are doing what they're supposed to.
Extended cycle batteries might be AGM's. Not worth the extra cost for us even though the rig came with them.
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+1 for this. That can be the hardest part of the install, but very easy to do while being built.

You don't have to go solar right away, but if you decide that you want it, having those wires run will save a lot of hassles.
Be sure they use good sized wires, Newmar used to charge for the prewire, then used too small a wire to be of much use. Most Newmar owners, who were serious about solar, had theirs rewired anyway.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:23 AM   #17
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I wish I had opted for heated floors. Quiet and constant. Often eliminates need for running heat pumps or furnace.

For more complete information specific to Tiffin go to TRVN.
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Old 01-26-2016, 05:33 AM   #18
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I wouldn't be without solar and decent batteries. With the correct charging setup, either battery to battery or a solar regulator configured for two battery banks batteries are kept charged even when not hooked up, and the benifits off grid planned or otherwise are obvious.

I'd love heated floors.....
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Be sure they use good sized wires, Newmar used to charge for the prewire, then used too small a wire to be of much use. Most Newmar owners, who were serious about solar, had theirs rewired anyway.

Thats why I quoted the post mentioning using #4 wiring. 👍🏻
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When in doubt about an option get it. Your paying well up into six figures for a MH...get whatever you want and don't look back. Heated floors and AGMs for sure.
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Think about anything you may want next year...

Add or pre wire for what yiu can think of.

Cable for sat dish, properly terminated tagged and sized wire for solar as well as possible cpap or other things.

Check with a few aftermarket solar providers to seek multiple options regarding what is available to insure you get it correct and provide the engineering to manufacturer.

Meaning just stating pre wire for solar may result in too few too small wires.

But stating a pair of number 4 wires from specific point on roof to specific point in power bay with proper disconnects will get it correct.

Add some 120 vac lines as well since they are pulling wire an inverter type solar panel can save money in a connected site where power is metered.

Option for later but wire in place when easy and cheap.

Add 120 outlet in engine and battery bay so drop light and battery charger is easy.

120 volt outlet in all bays so you can add a portable compressor later.

Spend some time reading the project thread to get ideas from others to see if anything gets your interest.
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I do have a few questions on options: Any thoughts would be appreciated:

1. Heated floors $4900. We plan to travel across the US over the years. Any reason not to add this option?

2. Extended cycle batteries - any help understanding this option would be greatly appreciated. Salesman was not too helpful with this. I called Tiffin to get their sales to help me, but were out of town Friday when I called.

3. Solar Panels - We will mostly hook up where we go, but should we still consider this option. Also, if you get this does it take the place of getting extended cycle batteries?



Molli and Jeff

Heated floors cannot be added later for the price of the option added during construction. If you want them get them.

Batteries can and will be changed out during the life cycle of the rig. The manufacturer probably has a nice low cost for buying in volume, but you cannot be sure you will get that benefit. Do some battery price comparison shopping before deciding. Whatever they install will be adequate to get your rig started and the house operational when you need it.

Solar can be added later. You will not "need" it at the get go. Solar panel prices have been declining. I just installed my first 100w panel with controller for @ $200 diy.

Bottom line. Focus on options that cannot be reasonably added later.

Consider engine size, engine brake, slide outs, woodwork, diesel water heating, fuel and water tank capacity, load capacity, towing capacity, propane or all electric, floor plan.

I have never purchased new, but the above items are ones I might consider but cannot add to my old rig.
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