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Old 03-02-2015, 03:49 PM   #1
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We recently purchased a used Beaver Patriot DP but when we started to bring it home in 12 degree weather we froze out tushes. With AquaHot going and the cockpit heat on full we could not compensate severe cold. Our question is "would a front bra help as next winter we will be doing a lot of traveling." We don'tl[ke the cold.
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Don't know about the cold, but a bra is the best way I know to ruin the looks of a beautiful motorhome!
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In my experience a bra (on a car) causes a lot of paint damage. No experience with a bra on a MH.

Tougne in cheek. Leave early and stay late and avoid the cold weather. No worry about buying a bra, damaging paint, or freezing tushes.
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I would fire up the generator and bring along some portable electric heaters if the factory installed heaters aren't cutting it for you in that cold of weather. These coaches are designed well, but sometimes there are temperature extremes that they weren't made for. JMO Randy
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Smile Bra for warming

Just a thought, have you had your cooling system thermostat checked? when temps are below zero, many times it's necessary to have a winter front. That said, when above zero, and with continued driving, I would think the engine would be working hard enough to get up to temp. Just a thought. Easy way for you to tell, at idle, do you get a temp reading on the gauge and, if so, before it reaches the normal temp after the initial start, (if you can safely) "watch fingers" lol feel the upper radiator hose. If it is in the least bit warm, probably the thermostat is not fully closing. Also, second thought, does your unit have a coolant shut off valve to stop the flow of coolant to the aux. heater(s) in warm weather? Coach owners manual should address that if applicable. Just some thoughts.
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How far a drive was it? Did you have the Aqua Hot heat going for a period of time before leaving? Did you verify that the Aqua Hot was working properly. It's my understanding that it takes a period of time for the Aqua Hot system to begin producing sufficient heat to heat the MH.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:23 PM   #8
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We have a bra on ours and it adds NOTHING to the insulaltion factor on the front of a motorhome (but it sure makes it easy to clean bugs off the front!). In extreme cold, we supplement the dash heat by driving with an oscillating household electric heater plugged-in and running full-blast between the passenger and driver seats. \ken
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Question.....I know driving with LP gas on the refridge is acceptable, never thought much about running LP Gas furnace. Why not if you need supplemental heat?
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We recently purchased a used Beaver Patriot DP but when we started to bring it home in 12 degree weather we froze out tushes. With AquaHot going and the cockpit heat on full we could not compensate severe cold. Our question is "would a front bra help as next winter we will be doing a lot of traveling." We don'tl[ke the cold.
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:39 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the imput and thank you for the welcome. The Aqua Hot was up to temp and the cat was at temp. What did surprise me was the fact that the trans never reached 180 degrees. It stayed at 170 for the drive from Chattanooga to Corbin, Ky. We did consider an electric space heater and will probably follow that line next winter on our way to the southwest. Thanks again.
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As for the Bra adding any improvement to assist in warming the interior, that's not going to help.
As for the looks of a Bra, we have one on our 2014 Phaeton and have had them on most all of our class A Motor Homes and its use is simply for keeping the bugs and stone damage from the front and then removed when we park. I have never ever seen the front of a MH with a Bra ever look like the garbage that the 3 M or Diamond Shield will look like over time. I will assure you that it wont cost hundreds to scrape the junk off or hundreds more to repaint the front and hundreds more to put the junk back on either.
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Bras for DPs

I have never been in the nose mitten crowd.
Was offered them for my Saturn, Subaru, and others. Um. No!
My rig earned some nicks and is not afraid to show off.
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Running Cold

Jam a bright droplight up behind the front end. Go inside and spend some time under the dash area looking for light. I found a number of "leaks" that really made a difference in keeping the cab area warm.

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