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-4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« on: December 19, 2016, 06:01:47 AM »
Yep, it was crisp this morning. I kinda like it. The air is clean. It's quiet. The birds are too frozen to chirp. The snow squeaks under your feet. This will be a nice Christmas. And it's around 75°F inside.


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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2016, 06:16:22 AM »
     Do you have a block heater for when you're ready to fire up, Scott?   You're going to be really "cold soaked" after a few days in this weather.  Glad it's all going well for you.  Merry Christmas!
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2016, 07:01:39 AM »
Yep my Wife's sister sent us pictures of her place in up in Grayling MI, this morning, Burrrrrrrrrr
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 09:16:38 AM »
Cheer up. Warmer weather is on the way. Was -20 here a few days ago now +25(F).
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2016, 02:18:48 PM »
I don't have a block heater on this coach. Our 9 had one. Worked well. Someday I'll get one installed on this coach. Running 50 weight oil, she protests cold starts. A little squirt from the start can and she fires up.


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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2016, 02:42:01 PM »
I have the aqua hot system on the featherlite and I am sure it will be amazing but because I keep the rv in a garage it would be nice to just plug in a block heater on a timer like I did with the M C I and it would be nice and warm before I start it . so I had a kat magnetic heater ( 300 watts ) and now it is stuck to the side of the cat 550 hp engine to pre heat it before start up . now I know at 300 watts it is no where near the 1200 watts of the block heater I had but it should be enough to get it started so I can move the rv outside to start up the aqua hot system  . I too want to put a block heater on the cat as with 3 new big 12 v batteries it is slow to start even when its warmish out

https://www.amazon.com/Kats-1160-300-Watt-Handi-Heat-Magnetic/product-reviews/B000I8YOR4

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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2016, 03:43:16 AM »
Scott,
I forget, what do you use for heat? Wayyyy too cold for me  :)
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2016, 06:38:49 AM »
Not a hard fix, still time to make the rally in Florida.  Going to be 80 here today.
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2016, 11:14:24 AM »
Dave, I am interested in a Kat. I'm curious how well you like it? I might just get a Wolverine 1200 watt pad and stick it to the pan. Sami, I have a 40,000 BTU Goodman two stage 98% efficient furnace. But it's not hooked up to propane, power, or ducting yet :) So I'm using my rooftop heatpumps which have kept it fine down to the teens. In these temps we have three little cube heaters (1200 watts each). One in the livingroom, one in the kitchen to keep the shower/bath/kitchen warm and one in our bedroom that we haven't been using much because it roasts us out in the bedroom. One electric ceramic heater in the plumbing bay has kept it toasty in there. No frozen plumbing :) -6F is the coldest we've gotten down to so far this past week. It's warming back up now to the mid twenties so I think we are safe. It was nice to see how warm we could keep it in here in the cold. We keep it a little warmer in here than most would find comfortable because we have a tiny 14 month old who can lose body heat pretty fast if shes not kept toasty. So it's always around 75 degrees in here at chest level. Around 72 at floor level...pushing 78-80 at ceiling level.

Jack, don't tempt me :) I loved the Arcadia rally. We will get there again. Just can't say for sure when :)
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2016, 02:08:27 PM »
if I did not have the kat heater ( picked it up years ago for a old tractor at a great sale price ) for the price I will install a real block heater in the spring
I turned it on for a 3 hour test in the garage and the engine was warm at 65 f but outside in the cold it would help but not like a block heater . so save your money and install a block heater

I would like to know how well the inline pumped heater's work on the heater lines if any one has used them
 
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2016, 03:02:18 PM »
Dave the older Setra's we used to run came from the factory with an inline pumped heater and thye worked awesome!
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2016, 03:37:52 PM »
Ok Dave good to know I'll save our money for the real deal


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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2016, 04:55:48 PM »
Nice contrast between the exterior & interior photos at the beginning of this post. Yes it should be cold, icy, & snow on Christmas - so enjoy & have a great safe Holiday. JimmyHeet makes a real nice block heater, we have the 2000 watt unit. Thanks again for the photos & Merry Christmas to you & yours...
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2016, 06:37:23 AM »
Scott :If your DLS (drip leak and smoke)is like mine,you won't get that thing fired before the next 4'th of July !!!! lol
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Re: -4°F Northern Michigan in Coach
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2016, 05:09:01 PM »
Scott, look into one of these before a block heater. They produce convection heating much better than a block heater (if installed properly).
http://www.phillipsandtemro.com/our_products/circulation-heaters.asp
Plus in my mind (such as it is) seems to be easier to install.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2016, 05:10:32 PM by Jim Eh. »
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