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Old 01-13-2019, 07:54 AM   #1
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All Season.. Full time RV ???

We are testing our unit, 2018 3701lk, to make sure it can perform as described Before we go full thine this spring My oh my oh my granted, we are fairly new to this, so not as experienced as many, but I'm glad I'm handy and sure as heck glad we aren't far from our dealer on this test run
When Keystobe is Calling this unit as "all season" capable, they aren't talking central Indiana Not even close maybe full season Florida Lol
The slides ( ours has 4) leak air like a seive we spent $30 on pipe insulation, split it in half, and filled the inside cracks where the slides meet the interior walls and omg, what a difference before we did this, the furnace would run continuously when set at 62 degrees alandboutdide with light winds at 28 degrees ...all season My a--

More in my next post
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:29 AM   #2
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It seems to me that you need to have your slides adjusted as this is not a normal situation. It is even possible that you have a unit that the seals were not installed or installed improperly.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:46 AM   #3
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Agree, slide adjustment sounds like a plan.. Re Fulltiming, we wintered in Colorado Springs for two winters, plenty of snow, ice and cold temperatures and we were very comfortable in our Montana. Yes we did have to wear a sweater inside the rig.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:27 AM   #4
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We have a 3721RL and yes, it is a four season model. More of the challenges relate to traveling in hot weather. For the winter, we bought a ventless ProCom heater and installed an extra gas line from the bottom of the rig in through the air vent by the door. It works great!! I was really surprised at how much hot air goes out the exhaust when the furnace is on.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:31 AM   #5
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We full time in ours and have for 8 years now. For the most part we summer in Kansas and winter in New Mexico so we have plenty of heat and cold (49 for a high today). 4 season doesn't mean a stick house, but we get by fine.
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The coldest we’ve been in was about 9 degrees over night about five years ago in Missouri in November into December and other than going through a tank of propane every other day, we were comfortable inside, and that we also had a Pirit hose that kept the water flowing. Unless these rigs had 6” thick walls, they are never going to be as efficient as a conventional house.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:50 AM   #7
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Thanks I agree I do t expect it efficient as a house , but will look into adjusting slides
I will try to send a picture of how we better sealed the unit
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:56 AM   #8
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The other thing we discovered is the furnace HAS to run frequently to heat the underbelly and associated plumbing The thermostat senses temp in the living space and with our sealing job and running electric fireplace and a small 1500 watt ceramic heater in the living space the furnace dies not run enough to warm the underbelly
Maybe everyone else knows that , but water pump froze on us due to furnace not running A real learning experience My fix was a small 750 watt electric in the underbelly to keep above freezing
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:21 PM   #9
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The other thing we discovered is the furnace HAS to run frequently to heat the underbelly and associated plumbing The thermostat senses temp in the living space and with our sealing job and running electric fireplace and a small 1500 watt ceramic heater in the living space the furnace dies not run enough to warm the underbelly
Maybe everyone else knows that , but water pump froze on us due to furnace not running A real learning experience My fix was a small 750 watt electric in the underbelly to keep above freezing
Does anyone else have issues with the Dometic thermostat randomly switching from furnace to heat pump ??? Maybe we brushed by the unit, but it's happened several times it has switched without either of us "physically / purposely touching the unit And the heat pump tries to kick on
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I have recently gotten a Big Boy propane heater and piped it into the main propane line. It runs fine, puts out plenty of heat, but I am not crazy about the smell. Could that be incomplete combustion due to Albuquerque elevation?
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:32 PM   #11
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Very possible incomplete combustion but for sure I'm monitor
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I am about to make a run to Dallas, Corpus Christi and back. Will be getting familiar with the new solar install then. Will see if my nose is happier during that trip (lower elevations).
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