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Hello All; I pick up my 2002 Alpine Coach next week. 1st project id to get heat to the basement. I have been thinking of three options and would like a few of you vets to chime in.

1.Cheapest - do nothing, I'm told not to worry! Find that hard to believe and would find it hard to sleep as well

2. Minor Expense - create a "drop light" system in the basement using 100 watt bulbs and simply plug in. Should work on DC and I will have an gen.

3. Paid Labor Expense - Heat Pads .... will work but will have to pay install fee and for a panel addition.

4. Most Exp - The suburban heater (45,000 btu) should have an extra
port so we can run a hose through the entire basement.

Looking for you guys to share and tell me what makes the most sense



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My basement is already heated whenever the furnace runs. This includes all tanks, fresh water, gray, black, and all storage bays. When it is that cold and I switch from Heat pumps to heat the living area I use the furnace. Have never had a problem.


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Does yours already have heat ducked throughout the basement? mine does not - thats why i ask ...

anyone else?

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Low wattage electric heater on a thermostat in basement. plug into 110v on post.


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Our basement is heated, its a zone on our hydrohot system... Also have tank heaters...

There are time when we are not in the motorhome like now and I do not want to run the hydrohot... I just put in a oil filled electric radiator... Works amazingly well.

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I have a switch that turns on a fan to bring the house air into the basement. Are you sure there is no heat to yours? My '96 Pace Arrow had heated compartments.


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120v heat pads would be my choice. No harder to install than the 100w drop light IMO.


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Check your tank bays closely. If they're like many of our coaches, there will be a small flex duct, usually around 2" diameter, that extends into the bay from the furnace ducting. Even our old '95 Coachmen has it. The small ducts won't keep the bays toasty warm, but it will keep them above freezing in all but the coldest weather.


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In the winter my first night out of north west WY I would need a 600 mile extension cord or run generator all night. Being more practical about tank heat, I spoke to an RV mechanic couple of weeks ago & he said if I bought a MH that didn't have ducted heat they could run ducted heat into the tank area. I like that option over the 600 mile extention cord. In this area all the RV parks are closed Oct to May.


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