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Posted: 09/11/21 04:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello All,

Coming from a Fifth wheel and looking into a Class A. How are they in the freezing temps? My son has moved to CO from FL. and I am trying to convince wife we would be better in a class A vs our fifth wheel. I would be looking for an older Class A diesel. Thanks

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Tell him when Co gets to cold you have room for him and his in the class A parked in your side yard.


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Posted: 09/11/21 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have run both our furness and dash heat. Our dash heater is fed from the engine 40' away.. we do run the block heater in the engine to keep the engine warm for start up

So it may be slow to heat up on cold mornings.


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Class A diesel units are going to have some version of Aquahot diesel fired baseboard heat. This also heats the wet bays and keeps everything nice and toasty. If the unit you look at does not have this then pass. All the plumbing in inside the coach so even if it got really, really cold you could add a small electric heater or a light bulb or 2 to the wet bays and you will be fine. We have traveled in most every weather you can imagine and we have been fine. I must say that when the company sent us to ND in January (20 below zero) we passed and drove our car and stayed in a hotel!

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We've been in cold temps in the teens with our Bay Star and stay quite warm and toasty. I get enough heat from the gas furnace in the water bays to keep them from freezing, but I have remote temperature sensors in the bays and have two small personal electric heaters that can be turned on if necessary. The Bay Star is well insulated. When the temperature is closer to freezing or above, I use an electric heater at times to help save propane as I'm usually at a campground with electric service.

We don't winter camp, so our experience with cold weather is usually when we head south in the winter and have to travel from Ohio to wherever it's much warmer!


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if its going to go below zero its going to be tough to keep the water system from freezing no matter what you get you will need a auxiliary lp tank and enclose the bottom at the least check utube for videos of what it takes to survive those kind of temps

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Posted: 09/12/21 05:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's not true with a diesel coach with Webasto/Aqua Hot heat. You can stay plenty warm and the wet bays will stay well above freezing for a long time. The heating system uses the fuel in you tank so you have plenty available for extended cold periods.

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“ Class A diesel units are going to have some version of Aquahot diesel fired baseboard heat”… only higher end units will have A Hot which is great for cold weather and once you’ve had it, you will not go back. About like having a DP, you’ll never go back to a 5er.


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Just a cold weather data point, we've been comfortable in our gas Class A as low as -4 deg. F for a few days. We have two LP furnaces that do a great job of keeping the interior comfortable, and a small electric heater in the wet bay that kept everything from freezing except one small pipe to the accumulator tank. The only effect from that was the pump cycling more as if the tank wasn't there. Five minutes with a hair dryer fixed it. I will say we went through a lot of LP though, and were happy to move on to warmer weather.


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jts140 wrote:

Hello All,

Coming from a Fifth wheel and looking into a Class A. How are they in the freezing temps? My son has moved to CO from FL. and I am trying to convince wife we would be better in a class A vs our fifth wheel. I would be looking for an older Class A diesel. Thanks


Depends on how long it's cold
I drove a Class A for 15 years in that time
-6: Froze solid had to replace the ice maker solenoid and one fitting less than 20 dollars total cost.

11 Degrees A cross line (Crossing from one side to the other) Froze. there are two lines (Hot and cold) only the cold froze. NO damage it thawed when the sun came up but over night I had to use hot water to flush the toilet (Fill picture in lav. then dump in toilet)

Many nights in the 20's no tribble.

I used Tanked water (Fill tank on rv, disconnect and drain water hoses) parks water is a problem below freezing. though I just tossed a heated hose.. Took a standard hose. a string of Rope Lights (NOT LED) and a couple rolls of fancy patterened Duct Tape. And a Freeze-stat outlet adapter.


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