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Old 09-01-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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I haven't had our Dutch Star in cold weather before. We are planning a trip where I know we will be getting below freezing temps. I was wondering when the heat pads should be turned on and should they be left on when driving to another location. I assume you would leave them turned on until you get above freezing.

What is your experiences about heat pads.

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I haven't had our Dutch Star in cold weather before. We are planning a trip where I know we will be getting below freezing temps. I was wondering when the heat pads should be turned on and should they be left on when driving to another location. I assume you would leave them turned on until you get above freezing.

What is your experiences about heat pads.

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Old 09-01-2008, 09:36 AM   #3
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Happymi, I don't have heating pads, so can't advise you on their operation, however I can give you a tip. Regardless of any normal operating procedures, you need to know what the basement temperature is when running or camping in freezing weather. A good method of accomplishing this is to use a wireless remote thermometer. These can give you a constant temperature readout in real time. This can allow you to know when and if basement heat is needed.
Wireless temperature remotes can be purchased at Radio Shack for about $25 or so.

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In addition to Peter's recommendation, consider placing a saucer of water in the utility bay. If the water begins to freeze, turn on the pads. In addition,
1. do the pads opperate off of 110V or 12V power?
2. If 110V power, are they connected to a circuit powered by the inverter?
3. Is there a thermostat in each pad to trun it on/off as needed?
Consider calling Newmar and determine the answers to these questions. Once you know the answers, you'll be better able to determine how closely, if at all, you need to monitor when the pads are on.
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