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Old 11-19-2014, 07:30 AM   #1
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COLD weather questions..........

Many of us a first-timing into winter mode and will be experiencing new challenges and questions about how our units operate. I'll start this with something simple:

Heater in the Wet Bay: is this an automatic heater, or is there a switch someplace? At what temp is it supposed to come ON, and if it doesn't, what steps to troubleshoot it?

Temp got to 22 last night, and the bay is icy cold.

All water faucets work, but pump is louder than normal.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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Usually, the propane furnace vents into the basement for units with a Polar (or whatever) package. Some folks put a small heater, usually oil-filled, set on low in the basement to help out.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:43 AM   #3
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Ours looks to be an OEM small electric heater (Cargo Heat)that's mounted on the bulkhead.

Wired to a quick-connect, then wire disappears into the overhead, with no clues about a thermal switch or thermal device. The toggle switch doesn't seem to activate the unit.

IF the switch turns the unit ON for as long as the switch is on, then it's like a light, and I have to remember to turn it off. IF the toggle activates a thermal switch, then the heater should be working.

Anybody know which is most likely?
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:06 AM   #4
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I'm not familiar with your model of coach and how it works but on my 2002 Monaco Windsor there is a switch on the inside that you turn on. Next to the switch is a light that comes on when the heater actually works. My heater is mounted low in the wet bay on left had side. There is a snap disc mounted behind & above it. The snap disc basically is a thermostat that turns the heater on if it gets down to ~38 F and then off at ~45 F.

Helpful hint is to buy a remote temperature gauge and then put the receiver in the living quarters, this will confirm the basement temperatures.

If it gets really cold I put a small ceramic 120 volt heater in the basement but used a thermostat plug that basically acts as a snap disc. This will help.

I camped up in Northern Michigan in March/April a couple years back and had to survive on 2 - 20 amp outlets running a ceramic heater upstairs and one downstairs. Would get down to ~40F in coach but I survived.

We were planning on a trip in early December so I didn't winterize the RV at first but then after seeing what was coming at us I winterized it this last Friday, Glad I Did!!
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I'm not familiar with your model of coach and how it works but on my 2002 Monaco Windsor there is a switch on the inside that you turn on. Next to the switch is a light that comes on when the heater actually works. My heater is mounted low in the wet bay on left had side. There is a snap disc mounted behind & above it. The snap disc basically is a thermostat that turns the heater on if it gets down to ~38 F and then off at ~45 F.

Helpful hint is to buy a remote temperature gauge and then put the receiver in the living quarters, this will confirm the basement temperatures.
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There's not a light next to the toggle switch, and I'll check for a disc in a few hours when temps rise. Good idea about a thermometer in the bay; a simple $10 comfort device.
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I usually put a sample carpet piece in the floor of the wet bay, to provide a bit more insulation there. It seems to help retain heat in that area.
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