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Old 02-18-2007, 08:58 AM   #1
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I have a dilemma. We bought an 07 Fleetwood Revolution for many reasons one of them being it is winter proof.
I drained the antifreeze, it was 25 degrees, had the furnaces going for 30 minutes prior, and by the time I pulled down to my house, and filled the water tank, the water pump froze and broke.
My dealer tells me all tanks are heated, storage is heated but water pump is not. Water pump is located next to wet bay with no heating ducts running to it.
All Fleetwood says is the coach is heated where ducts run to and emailed me schematics. We let the water run enough to keep the pump kicking on every couple minutes, left Missouri and made it to Florida 2 weeks ago.
I met a guy in Key West who had the same problem driving down from Wyoming in a Country Coach.
I was parked next to a guy in an 07 Monaco Executive, from Colorado and he said he never has a problem that water pump is in center of coach.
We planned on using this coach to go skiing and winter trips and now are scratching our heads.
Anyone have any suggestions other than putting a small heater in wet bay (Fire Hazard)?
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I have a dilemma. We bought an 07 Fleetwood Revolution for many reasons one of them being it is winter proof.
I drained the antifreeze, it was 25 degrees, had the furnaces going for 30 minutes prior, and by the time I pulled down to my house, and filled the water tank, the water pump froze and broke.
My dealer tells me all tanks are heated, storage is heated but water pump is not. Water pump is located next to wet bay with no heating ducts running to it.
All Fleetwood says is the coach is heated where ducts run to and emailed me schematics. We let the water run enough to keep the pump kicking on every couple minutes, left Missouri and made it to Florida 2 weeks ago.
I met a guy in Key West who had the same problem driving down from Wyoming in a Country Coach.
I was parked next to a guy in an 07 Monaco Executive, from Colorado and he said he never has a problem that water pump is in center of coach.
We planned on using this coach to go skiing and winter trips and now are scratching our heads.
Anyone have any suggestions other than putting a small heater in wet bay (Fire Hazard)?
Thanks
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:22 AM   #3
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If you are at a powered site, you could hang a 100watt worklight above the pump and leave it on. I also wonder if the pump could be wrapped in some sort of foam insulation, or whether that would create other problems like overheating during operation?

I'm sure someone here smarter than me will come up with the perfect solution. Here in Northern CA freezing is rarely a problem, so I've never had to deal with it myself. Good luck!
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Old 02-18-2007, 12:06 PM   #4
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Gary has the right idea. Moving the pump or suppling heat to the pump area seem to be your choices. What ever you do, place a cup of water in the area the pump is in. If the water remains liquid, the pump should be okay.

Gut feel says suppling heat to the pump area is the easiest solution. How you do this depends on your coach. Can you run a heating duct from the current forced air system? Is the solution 12V or 120V? Where will the power source come from? How will you turn the heat on and off?
Google "12 volt heat" and "120 volt heat" to get some ideas on the choices that are available.

The big name RV supply stores also have a variety of heaters to choose from.
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Consider heat tape and some insulation. I would think this would work. I'm not sure if they have 12V heat tape.
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Our Allegro Bay has a heater duct running directly to the water bay. We just spent several nights at temperatures in the low 20's with no problems. If there is a way to run a duct to this area, that would be a good solution. Maybe you can put a Tee in the duct that runs to your tank or storage area and run the new branch to the pump area.
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