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Old 05-14-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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Aqua Hot heating

What is anyones view on this type of heating? I have it and really wonder the pros and cons of it. In real cold weather 20-30 degrees I don't feel it heats as good as the furnace.
Anyone have any feelings as to furnace or Aqua Hot? Most of the coaches now have the Aqua hot system in them. They run on diesel and if parked for several months can use up most of your fuel also.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:47 PM   #2
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You don't mention the type RV you have. Mine has zoned heating so I can select either zone to heat, or both. Our system is many many times better than a furnace. Warms everything up in a big hurry and does not cycle on and off all the time like the furnace used to do. We looked a number of coaches before getting this one, and it seemed that only the higher end or coaches with many options had the AH...most had furnaces...some had two furnaces. As noted, it does use diesel...I travel with a five gallon can that I can use to add fuel if necessary, however I have a 125 gallon tank and have not had to do that yet. If you are going to stay in one place for a long time, and it's cold, fill your tank prior to parking.
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I have it and have no complaints after 5+ years. Also have the zone heating. I also do not do COLD!! Under 40 F and I head South.
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When I had a propane furnace I would feel a cold draft coming up from the heating registers when the furnace wasn't running. Now with the HH there are no drafts and more even heating. It does require annual maintenance without fail or it will start to smoke and smell. I'm fortunate to have a 150 gal. tank for those cold snaps. The coldest weather I've been in was 7 deg. F and it was toasty inside, not sure I can say the same for the furnace.
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You don't mention the type RV you have. Mine has zoned heating so I can select either zone to heat, or both. Our system is many many times better than a furnace. Warms everything up in a big hurry and does not cycle on and off all the time like the furnace used to do. We looked a number of coaches before getting this one, and it seemed that only the higher end or coaches with many options had the AH...most had furnaces...some had two furnaces. As noted, it does use diesel...I travel with a five gallon can that I can use to add fuel if necessary, however I have a 125 gallon tank and have not had to do that yet. If you are going to stay in one place for a long time, and it's cold, fill your tank prior to parking.
I have a 2008 Country Coach but with zoned heating but it is not in the floor as some of them have. Mine has side vents which provide the blower heat. I was wondering if the under the floor type do a better job?
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I head south also but once it a while it freezes down there also. We go down the the McAllen, Tx area and last winter the water lines froze in January. I do not have the under the floor type heat as mine is still vented and am considering trading for one that has that type so was wondering if they do a better job.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:33 AM   #7
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I have the Aqua-Hot and wouldn't ever dream of having a coach with out it. When I'm "plugged up" at a camp ground I switch over to the electric side of the AH to keep from using my diesel fuel. I have two (2) 110V switches for my AH and it provides plenty of heat and hot water for our use. I've been in outside temps of 17* and the coach was set, and held 72*, with out a hitch.
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I would never own a coach without it. I don't know much about living in deep freeze temperatures, fortunately, but there has to be a problem if you are not keeping warm.
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As a $10,000+ option, it ought to be better than a $500 furnace!!
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:34 PM   #10
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Thanks to all of you for the feed back. I think I will trade mine off for on with a better Aqua Hot system.
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I have a 2008 Country Coach but with zoned heating but it is not in the floor as some of them have. Mine has side vents which provide the blower heat. I was wondering if the under the floor type do a better job?

It's not "under the floor." The vents are at floor level. The only thing I have that is in or under floor...are heated tile floors.
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I don't have the heated tile floors and I feel there in lies the problem. My next one will have that option.
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