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Old 12-29-2016, 05:33 PM   #15
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Thanks, looks like they did a nice job.

OP, something that hasn't been discussed is the booster pump, or aka school bus pump. Most owners have removed them, because they are known problem with the seals going out and dumping antifreeze.

Most owners probably disagree with me on this but I choose to replace mine because I could tell a big difference on the temp of hot air coming from the dash. I inspect mine regularly. I will be going south here in a couple of weeks and my feet will thank me.


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Tom,
Thanks, looks like they did a nice job.

OP, something that hasn't been discussed is the booster pump, or aka school bus pump. Most owners have removed them, because they are known problem with the seals going out and dumping antifreeze.

Most owners probably disagree with me on this but I choose to replace mine because I could tell a big difference on the temp of hot air coming from the dash. I inspect mine regularly. I will be going south here in a couple of weeks and my feet will thank me.


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Brett - Do the 36' coaches have two pumps? One in the rear, near the engine where the heat eventually seems to cause problems, and another up in the front of the coach? (I ask, as I had one owner tell me he only had one pump, near the engine, and that is why he replaced his.)

I did bypass ours in the rear, and the only thing I've noticed so far in regards to OTR heating, is that it may take a little longer the the front heat radiator to get up to temperature. After that, it sure seems to put out the same amount of heat that it did with two pumps in the loop.

Curious if your era 36' had two, or one, of these pumps.

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Tom, where does the breaker panel shown in your pix terminate? Do you have the power reel and the breaker box go there or does it wind up somewhere else.

Looks like Rixen did a nice job. No big hurry for me as I am now in 75 degree weather but there is always next year

Smitty, our 40 footer has 3 pumps, one in the engine compartment, one in the Hurricane bay and one up front. The one in the rear is mounted wrong in that it is mounted upside down. Mounted that way, when a seal leaks on the pump portion, the coolant then runs into the motor. When mine dies, it will be replaced with a pass through
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Smitty,
I have two, one up front behind the bumper on the passenger side. The second trouble maker on the inside rail, driver side next to the engine.

When I drive in colds temps below 30 I can tell a difference in how hot the air is coming out of the vents.

But now that I have the wax valve with the restrictor removed my temps are running higher, which may help with the dash heat.

I hate to remove it and try again, because years ago I had a nerve taken from my right foot to repair an injury. That foot really hurts when it gets cold.

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Mine also has the third one installed in the Hurricane bay. What I've been told by CC was that one is only in use when parked and running the Hurricane heater by itself.


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Who is Jim? He added a 4 gallon electric heat system to your hurricane?
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[where does the breaker panel shown in your pix terminate? Do you have the power reel and the breaker box go there or does it wind up somewhere else.]

Yes, I have the power reel. The breakers are wired into the main distribution panel where the incoming power cable terminates. Jim used a #10 for each leg. there are two 16A heating elements, one on each leg of the 240.

[Who is Jim? He added a 4 gallon electric heat system to your hurricane?]

Jim Rixen of Rixen Enterprises. Jim used to be the supplier for the Hurricane, had a few patents for the unit. He has developed a system he calls the "Comfort Hot". For current Hurricane units, it adds an electric source capability instead of running only diesel. Visit his site or give him a call for further info. I'm not his agent/sales person. Just very happy with the unit.
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How will you power those electric elements while traveling when temperatures are below 20 degrees?
In the case of running down the road, we use the hydronic system. The motor heats the coolant in the system and all we have to do is turn on the heat registers and the thermostat. There would be no need to power the heating elements in this case. If I really wanted to use the heating elements, just fire up the generator but the motor keeps the coolant hot enough that the diesel boiler doesn't come on and the heating element would not be needed. We set the temp to what we want and the blowers turn off an on as needed. No diesel used by the Hurricane
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Appreciate the sharing on how many pumps on various coaches! Manufactures do make changes in both design, and components, between models and of course years too.

I never new that Hurricane heaters had a loop to the OTR heating unit too, that was interesting.

I believe that in this thread I mentioned our Bounder OTR heater was not able to keep us warm in cooollllldddd temperatures. Our Allure OTR heater does a good job for us overall, even with one pump - and again it may take a bit longer for the OTR to get up to temp with only that one pump in the system. We too, via the HydroHot engine loop, can run both zones of the house heating system to keep us warmer in extreme temperatures. And one short run from Muncho Lake's Strawberry Flats campground to Laird Hot Springs - we did also run our generator while driving. We did this so we could get the floor tiles heated up to 95 degrees. (We knew we were going to hit the Springs as soon a we got into camp, and wanted to have the coach kept warm for our dog. And we try to avoid running the HydroHot Diesel when we're not in the coach. Temperature was 12 degrees when we left Muncho Lake, and short sleeve weather up to 28 or so when we reached Laird! That heat sink of the tiles, kept the coach warmed up to the low 50's by the time we returned from the springs! And yeah, fired up the Diesel on the HydroHot to get a hot shower and warm the coach back up then!).

So cool (Some pun intended.) that we have so many options with these coaches.

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