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Old 12-10-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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Anthem heading to the cold

Well we have been in the keys since end of October so first winter, we will be heading to Reno nv, and its well below freezing upon arrival and im sure b4 that have made sure the basement thermostat is set to on not sure what to set that area at. when driving do I need to run burner while moving to warm floors when it gets cold or just set zone 2 to gas and up the zone 2 way up also. Please fellas toss in anything else il need to know It would really help out this newbee. thx for any input
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #2
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No need to run burner when driving, unless the engine heat is inadequate to warm the coach. Engine heat alone has always been sufficient for me.

Basement thermostat is over-used in my opinion. If your living space is comfortable, most likely the basement will gain enough heat from upstairs, and the basement thermostat can be set to off. Unless outside temperatures are in the teens or below, or if the coach is not in use and coach being kept in the 40-50 degree range just to prevent freezing water lines, you should have no need to use the basement heat.
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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Ted at Entegra told us to keep the basement thermostat on but turned all the way down. That's enough to keep the pipes from freezing if it gets cold, and it won't run if it's not cold. It's worked so far for us, but our coach is parked. We haven't had the "pleasure" of driving in frigid conditions but I would guess, if the floor was warm prior to departing, that the electric only option would be enough to keep you warm. I'd leave the AH on - I hate being cold and I'd rather err on the warm side - but I'll yield to those who have real experience.
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:17 PM   #4
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Well, I'm headed to Ohio for the holidays with family. Ill be turning the basement down very low to keep the heat in the coach. We have to keep the coach at 78 degrees so our hairless cat won't give us the evil eye and leave gifts on the bed. I'm packing 4 space heaters just in case!

(you have not lived until you have a smart vindictive cat )
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There is a possibility my basement heat was off for our entire recent trip. I had a remote sensor on the fresh water tank and don't think we ever saw below 56 degrees.

We used heat pumps until temps dipped into mid 30s. They did very well.

We ran AH on electricity at night, put it on gas when we got up and turned on the fireplace. The front and bedroom would be in low 60s with an average morning low of about 20. Got nice very quickly, mid 70s. We ran gas all night on a couple particularly cold nights.

We'd drove though Wyoming in high teens with dash heat only, I thought the rest of the coach was fine, DW thought it was cold.

We ran Zone 2 at 80-85 to get noticeable warmth from the floors. I think my AH fluid is low so expect better performance next trip.

We were very pleased with the heat performance.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:23 PM   #6
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This question has probably be asked/answered before, but if the electric side of AH runs off A/C then does it operate when under way?
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Aquahot is heated by diesel (or propane) or electricity. When you select heat to Gas heat is provided by Aquahot. If you turn on the electric heater only it does not warm as much as it does if you turn on the burner.

If you select electric as the heat mode your heat pumps (AC) provides heat but doesn't to a very good job below about 40.

You can heat Aquahot with diesel (propane) on the road and run at least Zone 2, not sure if the batteries will run the other zones. Of course, you can fire up the generator and run whatever you want. You need shore or generator power to heat Aquahot electrically.
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Cobbersdad - I jumped too quick to an answer. I read AC not A/C.

Sorry. I think I answered your question but told you how to build a watch along the way!
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Don't forget that when driving the engine heat is going to the Aquahot. Therefore if you set the thermostat to gas heat, the AH will circulate the engine heat throughout the coach even with both the electric and burner switches off.
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Isn't engine heat going to Aquahot only if you have Engine Preheat selected on the panel?
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No. When driving the engine heat always goes to the AH. This is why you can leave your burner switch off when driving.

The Engine Preheat switch is used for the opposite: to send AH heat to the engine when you are parked.
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Got all that, you people are very helpful. So what do you set the zone heat switches on when going down the road? Thanks
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Got all that, you people are very helpful. So what do you set the zone heat switches on when going down the road? Thanks
Set them all to gas heat and set the temperatures as desired.
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great I was wondering about that below il tiurnit down a bit and I was also confirming as im driving use zone 2 on gas I will heat the floors if I run 1 and 3 on gas what will happen or do I just use thermostat on heat setting what will I accomplish thx in advance
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