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Old 01-06-2018, 06:29 AM   #1
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Basement heat

We have a 2012 bounder classic, 34c. It's 29įin the basement. We filled the freshwater tanks and disconnected the water hose. With the furnace running our remote thermometers have not changed ( warmed up). Is there a register or a door that I have to open to get heat down there. If it gets much colder I will put space heaters or do something else. I appreciate the help. Have fun rvn
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Not sure about your Bounder but our Discovery has 2 gas furnaces. Only the REAR furnace ducks forced air heat into the plumbing bay and around the tanks. Also there is no"bypass".
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My 2008 38F Bounder also has 2 gas furnaces with only the back ducting to the basement. On my trip home last march it was cold. I plugged in a ceramic heater in a safe spot in the basement so it couldn't tip or slide close to any combustible material. I ran the generator to provide power.
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My 2015 Fleetwood Terra SE 33s has ducts in the basement. Keeps it toasty down there.
Not much of an issue in Southern California but we do travel to altitude often
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And make sure that the front furnace isn't set so warm that it keeps the rear from cycling.
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Like you Iíve tried running both front and rear and neither have an effect on the basement. I think they forgot to duct that on mine. I keep 40 watt equivalent trouble lights in bays to keep warn and dry and a small heater in the wet bay We FT so I can monitor the temp Keeps the bath floor warm too. 200 watt heater will keep it 50 60 with temps in the teens. I did notice that the bays wet bays stayed a few degree warmer while driving (DP).
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'16 Bounder only keeps it a few (6 to 8) degrees warmer than outside. It has a couple of ducts from the furnace but there is no insulation underneath so there is a huge thermal loss under there.
I don't plan on being in the 20's or below often but if I am there will have to be a heater or a bunch of lights on down there to keep from freezing the wet bay and tanks.
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We have a 2014 Southwind 32 VS and are on our first Winter trip from Ontario to Floridan this coach.
We left home with it still winterized as I wasn't sure how well the basement heat would work and did not want to risk any frozen pipes.
Prior to leaving, I removed the front cold air grill inside the coach and located 1-4" air duct going from the furnace to a hole in the floor into the basement.
I pulled the duct back out of the hole, ran the furnace and there was good air flow coming out of the duct, then replaced it back in position.
You may want to check to ensure your duct is in place to direct heat into the basement.
I placed 2 remote temperature sensors in the basement, 1 in the wet bay next to the fresh water tank and 1 in the utility bay next to the dump valve, the display were placed on the doghouse so I could monitor while driving.
During sub freezing days, the furnace kept both bays in the 38-45F range.
I now feel confident that we could de-winterize at home and travel with a working water system.
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