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Old 01-14-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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My holding tanks and plumbing are supposively heated from the funace and if I keep the coach comfortable, the water and lines should be fine.
I did'nt freeze any lines on our last trip but I found a couple of potential problems.
#1 The cab heater keeps the MH comfortable, especially in the front half of the MH and the thermostat is in the front AC unit, not too far from the cab.
I noticed it was quite a bit colder the farther back I went. So I turned the thermostat up, higher than I wanted to so the cab heater would'nt keep the thermostat from starting the furnace.
However , while I'm driving and comfortable , I don't notice that the furnace may not be coming on. When I stop and nitice that it's pretty cold in the bedroom, sometimes I would have to turn the furnace completely off and restart it, to get it to run and light.
I guess this could be caused by 1 or both of two things. The cab heater works too well, or at 65 MPH or so plus it often was very windy conditions, the funace could'nt light because of the wind.
The funace seems to work fine when sitting still.
Theoreticaly the water lines could freeze if the furnace does'nt heat the compartments.
Surely I can't be the only one to notice this condition.
Is there any thing that can be done about it?
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My holding tanks and plumbing are supposively heated from the funace and if I keep the coach comfortable, the water and lines should be fine.
I did'nt freeze any lines on our last trip but I found a couple of potential problems.
#1 The cab heater keeps the MH comfortable, especially in the front half of the MH and the thermostat is in the front AC unit, not too far from the cab.
I noticed it was quite a bit colder the farther back I went. So I turned the thermostat up, higher than I wanted to so the cab heater would'nt keep the thermostat from starting the furnace.
However , while I'm driving and comfortable , I don't notice that the furnace may not be coming on. When I stop and nitice that it's pretty cold in the bedroom, sometimes I would have to turn the furnace completely off and restart it, to get it to run and light.
I guess this could be caused by 1 or both of two things. The cab heater works too well, or at 65 MPH or so plus it often was very windy conditions, the funace could'nt light because of the wind.
The funace seems to work fine when sitting still.
Theoreticaly the water lines could freeze if the furnace does'nt heat the compartments.
Surely I can't be the only one to notice this condition.
Is there any thing that can be done about it?
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Old 01-14-2007, 02:39 PM   #3
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Not to ask a stupid question but how often are you driving your motorhome when the ambient temperature is below freezing
So far as the furnace not operating at 65mph,there is probably negative air pressure at the inlet and outlet tubes of the furnace on the outside of the motorhome.This may not allow the ignitor to do its job.
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Old 01-14-2007, 03:03 PM   #4
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Not real often but we live in Co and generally vacation in Ca., Vegas or Fl. Always in the winter time. This year Anaheim and Huntinton Bch had up to 84 degrees. When we left and got back to Co , it was 7 degrees. All across I-70 is pretty cold in the winter.
I just thought other people have ran into this situation before.
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:07 AM   #5
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I make it a practice not to be in weather that cold. Retired, so that is not difficult. If you have significant concern - stop at a rest stop every couple of hours and turn the heater on. After fifteen minuets the compartments will be warm, you could have had a snack and a rest and the puppy (if you have one) will have had a walk.

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That is what we do also.I also installed a sheild to prevent the wind from blowing out the flame going down the road at 70 mph, in case I am in a hurry , if just taking out time , we just stop every 2 or 3 hours and start up the furnace to warm up the coach then shut it down and drive with front heater on.
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