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Old 01-30-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Driving in cold with class A

I would like to hear from people that have traveled out of Canada or northern states in winter .We will not use water for the first day or two .What I am wondering about is how warm I can get the front if it is -20 .I am wondering
if I should hang a couple of moving blankets behind the passenger area to keep the heat at the front .Not sure how I would do that .Or should I turn the furnace on and hope it can keep up . Its just the first day that could be
bad I hope .
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The furnace is a good bet and I have found too if the sun is shinning in the front windows its a real pulse.
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At -20 I know that neither my dash heater nor my furnace would do much to overcome that level of cold while moving down the road at 60 MPH. I would turn my generator on and add some strategically placed electric space heaters. I would also have all of those running for a couple hours before my planned departure, as well as the engine block heater.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:27 PM   #4
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There are 12v plug in throws for over your lap. Space heaters would scare me on the move. How about a little McGuiver idea. Purchase some pvc and construct 2 end frames kind of like an L only have the bottom of the L going in both directions for stability. Then attach a cross bar to both ends then hang some clear plastic to the cross bar. The frame would be similar to that game bolo toss. Then crank the front heater.
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We used to leave Wisconsin in early January . We have never travelled at -20 ... but we have travelled at -5 ... as you have guessed the heat loss at 60 mph from all that glass up front is tremendous. We dressed in warm weather clothing (long underwear, extra layer of clothes, LP furnace running, dash heater running, genset running with small ceramic heater ... and it was still cold .... my wife used a lap robe ... I wore a stocking cap and gloves ...

That got us out of the extreme cold in one day.

In our '99 Adventurer I did create a barrier to hold in cold air from the dash when we travelled in hot summer weather. I put two cup hooks into the cupboards as close to the ceiling as I could get them on either side of the coach just aft of the seats. I pulled a heavy cord across and tied it securely. I hung a plastic paint drop cloth using snap clothes pins from the string. I cut a slit in in it so you could walk through ... I used duct tape to fasten some weights (washer and nuts) to the drop cloth so it would hang down ... it worked okay to hold the cold in ... but when we stopped for the night the back of the coach would be boiling hot and took forever to cool down enough for us to sleep ... so I think you could probably do the opposite with retaining heat up front ... but then you would most likely have an extremely cold coach to warm when you stopped for the evening.
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If your coach has a 'recirculate' function use it, running inside air instead of much colder outside air through the heater is a big help.

The other method that seems a little counter-intuitive but helps a lot, is to open the rearmost roof vent just a little. While driving this creates a big vacuum and pulls a lot of cold air out and draws warm air down the back. This allows you to run the dash heater at a higher setting because the air isn't just cooking you, it's being blended with the cold air behind you.

A lot of the cold you feel is the draft caused by convection currents. Hot air wants to rise, cold air wants to sink, this causes a draft from behind you as cold air moves forward to replace warm air.

In near identical conditions my Dad can get the temp 10-15. deg F. higher in his 35' class A doing this. In my smaller C the difference is even greater, but a C has a much better heater too.
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We've been down the road maybe not at -20 but pretty cold and with the engine heat and the furnace on, we've stayed comfortable. As mentioned if the sun gets to shining in the windshield that's a real plus for heat as well. Good luck and hope you enjoy your travels.
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Its still -30 here and looking like it will stay until the end of the month .We leave Winnipeg Feb26th .So I bought a cargo bar that extends to 105 in I mounted it near the ceiling just behind the passenger seats .I hung a moving blanket from it with tie straps .The valance for the curtains is right under it so if it comes loose it will just sit on that .I am now confident that we will be nice and warm .I also bought a 12V blanket for DW .so she can be toasty .
we have a 110 v electric blanket to warm the bed at night .If we don't have power we will run the gen for 1 hr before bed .we should be in warm weather by mid second day .Thank you for your replies very help full .
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People, me included use the gen for A/C going down the road and use for electric heater also going down the road would be no problem with one watch it. Make sure the the heaters can not turn over and start a fire. We run the furnace when it gets too cold for the cab heat to keep up and the combination roast you out. So I would think in -whatever a combination would do the trick. The big thing is just keep checking to see everything is OK. We have become the hourly stopper to check ourselves and the coach in good and bad weather.

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Howdy Neighbor,
If your not leaving till the end of Feb all those -20-30----- will be faint- Memories. I would run both the Furnace and Dash heat. Use them until you get used to it then turn down. Wear a set of long johns and a sweater/sweatshirt. They sell electric throws/blankets that can be used also. But be comfortable. I wouldn't use a space heater I would be more worried about it tipping over than being cold. Is your MH set up for winter camping?
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We just returned to Iowa from Dallas Tx. Leaving Tx it was 23 degrees and the engine heat was adequate. The sun was shining until noon and then the clouds closed in and we had to turn on the LP furnace. Ran the furnace from then until we returned home at midnight. By midnight the temp was -15 and the engine heat and the furnace were only able to keep us from freezing. We had our coats on and blankets over our legs. No good heat around the gas/brake pedals. Even the dog wanted under a wool blanket.
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