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I did an experiment this past Monday. With the thermometer hovering around 8 degrees F I ran the furnace all day with the thermostat set on 50. I have placed wireless temperature sensors in the basement next to the dump valves and beside the fresh water tank. I let it run all day while I was at work. When I returned, the camper was at 50 degrees as expected. The dump valve sensor was at 22 degrees and the fresh water tank was at 24 degrees. Obviously that's not going to do it for cold weather camping. [emoticon]

There is one small computer fan that comes on with the furnace that blows air from the floor down into the basement area near the dump valves. I'm thinking I'm going to have to add several more fans to increase the air flow into the basement.

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Posted: 12/09/08 06:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quick question. Did you turn on the furnace with the camper at 8*F or was the camper already warmed up? Put another way, what was the temperature at the dump valve and fresh water tank at the start of the experiment? I'm wondering if the temperature was still rising when you checked.

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Just stick your [emoticon] face by the valves to warm them up.


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Posted: 12/09/08 06:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd try turning the thermostat up to 55 then 60 before spending any money on upgrades.


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FF1063 wrote:

Since heat rises, it seems like the worst place to draw into the basement area would be on the floor next to the rear door


You're right, of course, but I think the intention is to use the cooler air that has already warmed the cabin to keep the basement merely above freezing.

As you suggested, I'm going to add a second fan in front where the vent to the basement is and maybe add a shroud around that rear fan to pull in more air.


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I'd try turning the thermostat up to 55 then 60 before spending any money on upgrades.


Yeah, that would probably help, but I don't really want to leave the heat that high if I'm going to be off skiing all day.

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Actually I had the camper up to 65 degrees all weekend and turned it down to 50 when I left for work on Monday. It had been considerably warmer on the weekend and the basement was staying in the high 30s, but outside temps were in the low to mid 30s. The temperature dropped down into the single digits over night Sunday. I didn't think to check the basement temps on Monday morning.

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FarcticOx wrote:

Actually I had the camper up to 65 degrees all weekend and turned it down to 50 when I left for work on Monday...


In that case, it does sound like you need to boost the warm airflow in the basement somehow.

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I ordered 4 of those little fans with switches, so I'm going to experiment some more this weekend. The Camper heats nicely, but I need to get the basement up to temp too.

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YES!, many FarticOx. Not a rant but... Since I have owned two, an 1140 and now an 1150, this is an issue for me to. I am below freezing a lot. I do not winterize as I use mine year round. Not funny to some you bring up this subject scaring everyone...LOL..LOL, but if I had one issue, it is the lack of heat distribution in their units especially to the basement and overhead. Obviously putting the heater on the slide side is not the best idea either. Today I returned from a 2 day trip and find out we are going freezing in 2 days. I am prepared though as I have 2 very small space heaters, one at the waste valves and the other underneath the step and tool box pointing towards the pump. They are both set on LOW...they come on at around 40+ degrees. Perfect for the enclosed space. The condition is you have to be hooked up to 110 or have the genny running. We could go on for awhile but I just drain my tank, open the water drain valves that are by the waste valves, open all of the other sink and shower valves, then when it all drains, I close those valves by the waste drains. That is when it is in the driveway. Whew!....Tank blankets as an option perhaps, on and on. I think we are left to modify our rigs as the "BREAK" (not funny), but this is how I am finding the flaws using a rig year round. Anyone else??

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