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Old 03-30-2020
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Default Cold weather travel need help

Hitting the road for 2 weeks. Going to entering some colder weather than I am used to. Lows at night might hit 18 degrees on a few nights. I know, that’s not cold. But for me it is. I’ll run the aquahot heat 24/7 to stay comfortable. I have heat in the basement. I will run that at a lower setting. Everything will be somewhat warm.

My real question is when do I flip these switches in the pictures. And when should I turn on the “Tank Heaters” in the breaker panel.

When I ask when I mean what temp outside.

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Erwin
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Travelled lots below freezing.
If staying out, boondocking in freezing weather, run the generator all night. Use electric heaters, electric element in the aquahot. Also havevthe burner on, but electric heaters will likely keep up. Turn the electric engine heater on all night. Should not have to use the aquahot preheat if you leave the block heater on.

In freezing temps, if you only use the aquahot, ie no generator, no battery charging, your batteries may not last the night as the aquahot will run constantly. If in a park, plugged in, whole different story.

There are threads on this. I, and others have posted this info.
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The only thing I would add to Peter's instructions is to check the water oil on the genny daily and carry spars of fuel and Air filters . Your Genny is your life support so be sure it works and is maintained . Filters are not easy to find in all areas so be sure to carry spares . Otherwise do as the truckers do and leave the bus running all evening on high idle . Now where in the world are you , lol You be sure to head south and remember most campgrounds are closed so be sure you have a spot already set up . Be Safe
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Hi Erwin,

If you are going to be below 32 for an extended period of time (more than 12 hours), you can run your basement heat and cabin heat and be very comfortable and no issues. The basement heat is very effective. Just be sure the bottom water access doors are closed (round sewer exit). For the engine block heater let it run all night and keep the engine nice and toasty.

You might be sure your freeze heaters are on, the water pipes between the exterior wall and shower/sink can get cold. Any doubt leave your cabinet doors open, to let warm air in there.

I have spent a week below freezing and some nights at -5 or -8F, I have driven through -13F. The insulation in the bird is very effective. For me, temps above 15F just be diligent, cabinet doors open in a warm cabin is plenty good.

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Might want some antigel in your fuel.
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Third night in. Low last night in Evanston WY was about 20 degrees. Aquahot when tuned is the best thing ever. Warm cabin. Hot water. Warm basement. Ran the engine block heater all night and then the engine preheat for a few hours before departure. Engine started right up.

Side note: climbed the donner pass I-80 California to NV and Parley Pass out of Salt Lake to WY

Engine ran strong and cool. Fully loaded bus with 5 passengers.
Follow the truckers. Don’t pass em. They know the speed to hit the uphills and more importantly the downhills

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