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Old 09-23-2019, 11:51 PM   #1
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First RV Purchase

Hey guys, new to the rv world, and hoping to find a few answers. A little background. My wife and I are planning to purchase our first rv within the next couple of weeks. The plan is to live in it for about a year while our house is being built. We are sick of renting, and want to actually have something to call ours for the money we are putting out while the house is going up. We have found a very lightly used 2014 High Country 343RL that we are pretty set on. My main concern is, how would it hold up in the winter months? I've been doing a lot of research on campers, and most of what I see specify heated underbellies, or heated tanks and sometimes both. I couldn't find anything online regarding whether the 2014 343RL had either, let alone if it was even 4 season rated. We live in SE Kansas, so winters aren't too extreme. Maybe the occasional dip into the teens, and rarely single digits. Is this camper rated for those temps? Sorry for the long winded post. I just want to make sure I'm not making a mistake right off the bat. I'd rather know before it's too late if I need to look into different rvs. Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 09-24-2019, 01:10 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard! This is a good place to learn and share.

IMHO I don't know why that rig wouldn't be a good choice for full time living for a year. There's some helpful info here including a place to download the brochure for 2014. It's rated for year-round use


A couple videos you many have already found:

a 2015 but should be pretty much the same

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Old 09-24-2019, 01:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I'll check out the brochure!
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:01 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum from Kansas.
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Old 09-24-2019, 12:45 PM   #5
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Keystone in 2012 and 2013 montana units used a 2 inch or so flexible tubing off the furnace that they threw down into the general area of the black and shower tanks, hence heated tanks. So you want to use the furnace for your main heat in the rv. People in various campgrounds across the country that I have seen, apply large fiberglass wool ducting meant for houses over their sewer hoses and use heated and insulated water line. Some on here noted that they ran a small ceramic cube heater in the pass thru to help provide heat into the belly of the beast. Propane use will be higher, so getting a larger tank dropped beside the rv from a local provider would be a welcome addition. Other than that you should be able to winter in it.
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Old 09-24-2019, 04:07 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum from Arizona. Heated tanks what is that��
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