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stargazerww

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Posted: 01/18/10 08:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i have a gas class a 89 fleetwood 32ft southwind so i have no idea!!!

what kind of heating system do yall have in diesel rvs?

i see a couple different names pop up unlike my forced air heater which works well in my opinion.
do they tie into ur chassis engine heater?
do they heat well?

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Well, I had a propane fired forced air in my 40 ft DP. Worked well. I now have a hydro hot system. Diesel fired boiler that heats the coach, all the hot water, and pre heats the engine. works on fuel or electric. Running down the road it runs off the engine heat. Works well.


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A hydro hot system has a boiler like system that will heat like a hot water boiler in a stick built house. Look
HERE

for a complete description.

Some folks have heat pumps which means your AC will run back wards and push warm air inside you rig and cold air outside. They only work above say 35 degrees or so.

Some folks will have an auxiliary heating system in the back that works just like your heater in the front as long as you are runninbg down the road.

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i have a gas class a 89 fleetwood 32ft southwind so i have no idea!!!

what kind of heating system do yall have in diesel rvs?

i see a couple different names pop up unlike my forced air heater which works well in my opinion.
do they tie into ur chassis engine heater?
do they heat well?



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I actually use four different types. The roof airs are heat pumps. The kitchen and bedroom have baseboard heaters, the AquaHot system uses an electric or diesel fired boiler and I have a 1200W small heater I bought at Home Depot. The advantage of the AquaHot system is that it offers unlimited hot water for showers and no noise heating. There are small fans at the registers that send the warmth throughout the coach. It is broken into three zones so you can heat only the areas that need to be heated. Very quiet compared to the gas fired furnaces. There is also a radiant type heating that heats up the floor but I have had no experience with them......Dennis


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We have three air conditioners on the roof that are also heat pumps. They work well. If the temp is lower than 35 or so, I use the Aqua Hot diesel furnace system that keeps everything toasty warm. The Aqua Hot also allows us to have endless hot water. It also has an electric hot water feature so I don't have to burn diesel fuel and can heat the water with electric only.

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stargazerww wrote:

i have a gas class a 89 fleetwood 32ft southwind so i have no idea!!!

what kind of heating system do yall have in diesel rvs?

i see a couple different names pop up unlike my forced air heater which works well in my opinion.
do they tie into ur chassis engine heater?
do they heat well?


Like others have already mentioned some have the hydronic style of heating systems. They go by the names Aqua-Hot, Hydro-Hot, Oasis and I think there is another unit out there (can't remember the name).

Depending on what type/level/year of coach you are looking at will be a large determining factor on the heat options. Most are the standard LP furnace, and then they will generally (but not always) have heat pumps built in to the A/C units. The heat pumps are good down to around 35-40 degrees then it is time to start the furnace.

In our 38' Beaver we had a 42K BTU furnace and it did a good job of keeping the coach warm even though we didn't have dual pane windows but it was the standard noisy furnace inside and didn't provide basement heat for the tanks.

As far as noise many of the newer LP furnaces have dual speed fans that are much quieter than their older models so that issue has been somewhat resolved/addressed, as well as many units due to the size of the coach have dual LP furnaces also. One in the front and one in the rear. In order to get the amount of BTUs needed to warm that large of a coach many have a 25K rear and 35K front for example.

When you start to get into the upper-middle and upper end coaches the hydronic/boiler style furnaces become available, especially in the last 6-8 years or so.

It depends a lot on what you are looking for but if you can swing one with the hydronic heat I don't think you will be dissappointed. Many people don't care for them but that is because they don't own one yet. I personnaly love the comfort and convenience of the hydronic heating. Ours is the Aqua-Hot unit. Mike.


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Posted: 01/19/10 07:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They also have hydronic heating using propane as a fuel (instead of diesel)
It is made by Aqua Hot in CO as well as Twin Temp in OH
I think Newmar was offering that in their 08' dutch star coaches
There may have been other vendors

If you are going to spend time in warm climates, the propane forced air heat will work just fine.

I never use the heat pump on the AC as it is noisier than the hydronic heating.


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We have two forced air furnaces that work off propane. Work well but are quite noisy. We also carry a couple of electrically operated space heaters when we do not wish to use up our propane and are plugged into some campground electricity.


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Bottom line is there are several options. All are available in both gas and diesel motorhomes with the exception of the diesel-fueled Aqua Hot type systems.


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Posted: 01/19/10 02:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WE don't have a "Aqua Hot" system in our 40' pusher and I don't want one. Because when we are in most RV parks you are within 20' of your neighbor and the exhaust goes into their site. I also don't like having diesel exhaust blowing into my patio.


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