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Old 01-17-2016, 01:10 PM   #29
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Joke: Get a nice warm spouse to cuddle as well. Best way to keep warm.
Yeah, all that fighting is a great way to exercise and keep warm _all_ _night_ _long_.


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Old 01-17-2016, 06:06 PM   #30
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I wish the hot woman could be with me but she has to stay home and work her job and stay around for my son that still lives home. Great idea!

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Old 01-17-2016, 09:05 PM   #31
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A question no one has asked is the design of your rig. Is it a basement model, or equivalent, with enclosed water and waste tanks and water pipes?. Many older Motorhomes just hung these components underneath where they were exposed to the elements. If this is your situation, you need to winterize. If not, then be sure the plumbing bays stay sufficiently warm. Some people put incandescent light bulbs or other heaters in the bays and also use wireless thermometers to monitor the temperatures.
I highly doubt that 87 has a basement with the tanks nicely tuck up in there. Mine has a heat duct where the water hookup is and the black and grey tanks have heating pads up on the bottoms of them. Never tried to see if they work
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Do you winterize the waste holding tanks? They do hang below but are covered with insulation of some sort, like black tar.
My pipes are all inside running inside of cabinet spaces etc. The water heater is close to the outside of course but it is located beneath a seat at the dining table.
I open most all of the cabinet doors, access door to the fresh water holding tank and run an electric heater near the center of the RV. This is when it is in my yard waiting to go.
While boon docking, the temps will not be freezing during the day light hours.
Looks like I will need to run the generator a lot in order to keep the batteries up and keep me warm.
The roof ac unit has a heat strip in it but does not put out enough heat to bother to use on cold nights. I did not get directions on how to use the heat, I assume put on low fan and turn the thermostat to warm??

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I highly doubt that 87 has a basement with the tanks nicely tuck up in there. Mine has a heat duct where the water hookup is and the black and grey tanks have heating pads up on the bottoms of them. Never tried to see if they work
I dunno. I have an 88 Fleetwood Southwind with a full basement. Water compartment has a heat duct from furnace, and bulbs, but not separate heat built in.

Plumbing is under the cabinets, not inside them, and while all RVs are different, so are all RVers.

I am pretty comfortable in the 50s inside in the winter, but when not winterized, I do not set the furnace below 50 to 55. 60s are more comfortable, and when my family is with me, I would go to at least the mid 60s at night.

The risk of freezing, the decision of temperature comfort or fuel cost discomfort are very personal decisions that most have to make for themselves.

While the OP was asking for suggestions, I believe there are no single correct answers here. Ultimately, we all have to draw our own thresholds for cost vs comfort levels.

Good luck all. Have fun. Stay warm enough to be happy.

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