OP here - Nope, no heat pump or heat strips. And the roof AC compressor isn't really practical in the winter in Minnesota.
Here's what I did: I did run a space heater on high for 1 hr. It's 1500 watts I think and the generator is 4000 watts. So I'm only at about 38% load. I guess I need another space heater to get the load closer to 50%.
I have always used Seafoam over the winter with a full gas tank.
The reason I'm asking all this is I ran into an issue where the generator didn't start. I had missed running it a couple months over the summer. The Cummins shop got it working again but I'd rather not drop $300 again.
Regarding exercising the generator under a load...
Does the fan on the roof AC count as a load (just the fan, not the compressor)?
I could add the furnace as well.
I live in Minnesota so don't want to run the AC with compressor during the winter months - and can't really run the microwave for an hour.
We just moved to Minneapolis from Cincinnati.
We are in a SW suburb of MSP but will drive to the other side of town for good service.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good RV repair shop (dealer or independent)?
Also, does anyone know if there is a Ford dealer in town who will do oil changes on the E450?
The Forester and the Sunseeker are sister products with little difference. The little difference steered us toward the Forester (one issue was the fiberglass roof).
I would consider the fiberglass roof to be a "BIG" difference.
Both the sunseeker and forester have fiberglass roofs.
Another thumbs up for forest river. We have a sunseeker. All new ones have some issues but forest river was very good to work with when problems arose.
Regarding the awning -
We had two pop ups and now a class c with a power awning (so that's all we really know). Power is kind of nice as it's a press of a button and done. But, as the previous poster said, more to break. Plus, the bigger factor in my mind, is the power ones are NOT that sturdy. We bring ours in pretty quickly when there's wind and pretty much anytime we leave for an extended period of time. This, in effect, makes it less useful in my opinion.
Regarding the hitch -
If it's an '08, it could be equipped to the '08 spec regardless of the chassis / coach year. I think some of the manufacturers introduce their new stuff as running changes.
Also, the bumper change does not necessarily mean the hitch got changed too.
Perhaps a hitch shop can confirm what's installed before you swap it out.