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Old 04-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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Anyone familiar with a 2000 Dutch Star

Just purchased this 2000 Newmar. There's an outlet in the compartment with the main power cord that is labeled for the "Block Heater". Can't seem to get this outlet to work at all. Thought there may be a switch somewhere inside the bus, but can't find anything or any info in the owner manual. There is a specific breaker in the box for this outlet and its not tripped. Before I start trying to diagnose bad outlets, wiring, etc I thought maybe I'm just missing something.....Any suggestions?

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Old 04-29-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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above the door{i have side entry but where your panel is} there should be a white rocker switch that operates it ...as it does on my '97 newmar...jeff
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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I had a 2000 mountain aire DP. Behind the cabinet door where your slide out switch, tank monitors, battery cut off switch ect. are located you should have what looks similar to a light switch in your house. That switch controls the power to the outlet you are speaking of.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:53 PM   #4
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Welcome Graig to the forum & irv2.
I think you may need a Brochure and Owners Guide for your coach.
There is more info in the QT's links 1 & 2 and the new # 3.
Welcome to the Newmar family and enjoy the forums.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:59 PM   #5
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DanJeep is correct. When the block heater cord is plugged in to this outlet, you control the heater from the switch located in the same location as the tank monitors etc.
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I had a 2000 mountain aire DP. Behind the cabinet door where your slide out switch, tank monitors, battery cut off switch ect. are located you should have what looks similar to a light switch in your house. That switch controls the power to the outlet you are speaking of.
Yep, that's what our 2000 and present 2002 have. You do have to be sure the block heater is plugged into the outlet too. I unplug mine and run a heating lamp off it in the wet bay using an extension cord. Next DSDP will have heating pads. (The one we're going back and forth with the dealer has them)
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Newmar obviously doesn't have a set pattern where they put these switches. It must be just where ever they have room for it. Mine is in the ceiling inside the overhead cabinet about passenger seat where my satellite receiver and cable hookup is. Check in there, mine is a 2000 also.
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Check for a switch in compartment over your right hand dash. Should be there with all the other controls for you hot water heater, monitoring systems, water pump, inverter and charger controls, security lights and such. When you find it, put a label on it. It looks like a normal 110v house wall switch. Good luck
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Thanks very much for the replies. Atleast now I know there's a switch somewhere to control it. Its not on the main switch panel near the front door with the water heater, water pump, etc. Must be in the overhead cabinet just behind the passenger front seat maybe. My wife stuffed a bunch of stuff in there right after we bought it so that's probably why I couldn't find it looking around the other day.
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Newmar obviously doesn't have a set pattern where they put these switches. It must be just where ever they have room for it. Mine is in the ceiling inside the overhead cabinet about passenger seat where my satellite receiver and cable hookup is. Check in there, mine is a 2000 also.
Ditto with my 2000 DSDP 3862.
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Found it! It was in the ceiling inside the cabinet behind the passenger seat. Thanks all!
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When it is cold, and I am going to be in a location for a while, I unplug the block hearter and run a HD extension cord from there to my water compartment, where I put a small (Itsy bitsy) ceramic heater in my water compartment. On those nights when the Weatherman says it is going to be under 32 degrees, I switch the heater on and keep my water compartment warm. I rarely use my furnace, which is the other way to heat the water compartment.
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I would suggest you plug it in and turn it on to see if it works. In our 04 Essex one of the heaters was burned out. Wouldn't want to go to a really cold location and find it didn't work there. Should get side of engine warm in about 2 hours.
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Mike you can do as you like but if you have a Newmar the heat from ceramic heater will stay confined just to that general area and not circulate around the tank bays.
The furnace has a heat coil that push's warm air thru out the the tank bays and also the plumbing pipes and returns out you shower vent you see at the base of your shower. Also keeps condensation from developing.
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