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Old 11-02-2015, 03:29 AM   #365
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We're heading to the Carolinas the second week in November for two weeks . . .
Not sure if you have been checking the monthly weather charts linked in Post 346, but as I have been planning our trip south later this month, it seems as if the line graphs at the bottom of all the charts have been getting warmer and warmer, all over the East Coast. The forecast highs and lows are fairly uniform in being above the average highs and lows, which in turn are well above the record low blue lines at the bottom. One benefit of global warming maybe . . .

Have a great trip.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:46 AM   #366
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Re: Fresh Drain : Brass plug was not in photo,but is used.
Connecting to Original drain was no improvement re speed of drain. Was slow thru orig. Much faster Direct to tank. Besides Plastic ones break !
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:47 AM   #367
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Not sure if you have been checking the monthly weather charts linked in Post 346, but as I have been planning our trip south later this month, it seems as if the line graphs at the bottom of all the charts have been getting warmer and warmer, all over the East Coast. The forecast highs and lows are fairly uniform in being above the average highs and lows, which in turn are well above the record low blue lines at the bottom. One benefit of global warming maybe . . .

Have a great trip.

Thanks! We're leaving Sunday and I can't wait! Mountains first at Asheville NC then SC coast for Hunting Island Hiatus. First Rally of any kind for us...I'll post some pics.
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:15 AM   #368
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Sounds good. We are also aiming for Asheville around Thanksgiving. The forecast lows are just above freezing later in the month, but still well above normal. This could change as current data is integrated into the database IMO:

Asheville November Weather 2015 - AccuWeather Forecast for NC 28801

Wonder if the campgrounds will be less crowded as the normal weather this time of year is colder?


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Old 11-05-2015, 12:08 PM   #369
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Atwood furnace questions

Hello all. I am posting in the 20 footer section because I am thinking that my questions will be specific to the size of our coaches.

Does anyone else think the furnace fan is overly loud? I'm thinking that in larger coaches maybe the heater unit is father away from the sleeping area, but in a 20 foot everything is close!

Is there a different replacement furnace that would be quieter? Or a different fan for the existing unit?

Also, we have been overnighting in some colder weather (30s but not quite freezing), we keep the furnace on 50 while sleeping, fine for us but we have a dog inside to consider, and I get a bit worried about my battery levels (we are not plugged in) if the heat cycles on and off a lot during the night. I have 100w solar panel but some sites don't have full sun exposure or weather is cloudy so my batteries do not get all the way charged back up. So for multiple nights it is a concern.

Is there a more efficient furnace out there? My one solution has been to use a portable indoor propane Buddy heater but it does not have a thermostat for the overnight times.

Thanks for any input. I have learned a bunch from this forum!
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:37 PM   #370
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:38 PM   #371
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:03 PM   #372
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Does anyone else think the furnace fan is overly loud? I'm thinking that in larger coaches maybe the heater unit is father away from the sleeping area, but in a 20 foot everything is close!

Is there a different replacement furnace that would be quieter? Or a different fan for the existing unit?

Is there a more efficient furnace out there? My one solution has been to use a portable indoor propane Buddy heater but it does not have a thermostat for the overnight times.
The furnace on the 20's is a direct vent, that is there is no ductwork and the furnace fan pushes the air right out the front into the trailer. Other larger trailers have the furnace enclosed and the ductwork involved keeps the fan noise down somewhat.

There is no way to modify the furnace fan as it is integrated with the entire combustion system.

I don't find the noise on mine to be objectionable but that is different with everyone, I am sure.

The only other brand furnace which might fit is a Suburban, and their direct vent units which will fit are about the same sound level as the Atwood you have now. I know, as I have one in my 20' Argosy. So, no replacement that a I am aware of.

The power requirements of the Atwood furnace are actually quite modest, mine takes 3.65 amps when the burner is on, and 2.9 amps when the burner is off but the fan is running. So, slightly more than 3 amps per hour of run time. That is not bad. I figure about 50% on, 50% off time so overall the average is only about 1.5 amps per hour.

Heaters such as the catalytic ones, or Buddy heaters or Blue flame heaters are not allowed by RVIA code standards so you will never find them as factory equipment on any Airstream. There is good reason for this prohibition, and the smaller the trailer, the less safe they are. And yes, I am aware that many people have installed them in their RV's but it simply is not a great idea.

I wish I could give you a better answer to your furnace sound issue, but there is no easy one that I am aware of.
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:55 AM   #373
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A new music channel in the off-topic lounge is now on the air!

What gets your juices flowing to be On The Road Again?

Please add your favorite road songs to the mix!

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Old 11-06-2015, 09:28 PM   #374
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Hello all. I am posting in the 20 footer section because I am thinking that my questions will be specific to the size of our coaches.



Does anyone else think the furnace fan is overly loud? I'm thinking that in larger coaches maybe the heater unit is father away from the sleeping area, but in a 20 foot everything is close!



Is there a different replacement furnace that would be quieter? Or a different fan for the existing unit?



Also, we have been overnighting in some colder weather (30s but not quite freezing), we keep the furnace on 50 while sleeping, fine for us but we have a dog inside to consider, and I get a bit worried about my battery levels (we are not plugged in) if the heat cycles on and off a lot during the night. I have 100w solar panel but some sites don't have full sun exposure or weather is cloudy so my batteries do not get all the way charged back up. So for multiple nights it is a concern.



Is there a more efficient furnace out there? My one solution has been to use a portable indoor propane Buddy heater but it does not have a thermostat for the overnight times.



Thanks for any input. I have learned a bunch from this forum!

It is loud, always wakes me up! We set our thermostat at about 50 as well. Dog has his blankets too!
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:41 PM   #375
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A new music channel in the off-topic lounge is now on the air! What gets your juices flowing to be On The Road Again? Please add your favorite road songs to the mix!
Thanks,Peter

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Peter great idea. My turntable is already spinning in my head. I'll be back...see ya on the other thread. So may good tunes.

Tomorrow is a sunny day and is my 1st pass on weatherization.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:04 PM   #376
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Looking forward to some tunes on the other thread, Bob. Finally got my second winterization done today, as they are calling for a hard frost overnight.

Have you checked to see if your lavatory sink drains into the black water holding tank by any chance? I read on another thread that recent model years of Flying Clouds do this, as the route to the grey water tank is more difficult. Not a big deal if so (and it probably helps actually as the grey tank seems to fill up pretty quickly) but it would be good to know. I didn't have time today to R&D this.

I did finally get around to checking to see if my city water inlet leaks at all when connected and under pressure, and it is fine. Thus eliminating one possible variable for the leak I mentioned a while ago as probably coming from the black water flush supply line's vacuum breaker tucked up under the lavatory counter.

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Thanks! We're leaving Sunday and I can't wait! Mountains first at Asheville NC then SC coast for Hunting Island Hiatus. First Rally of any kind for us...I'll post some pics.
Sounds like a great trip! Travel safe.
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Old 11-08-2015, 02:44 PM   #378
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Today was a very sad day. We winterized the trailer getting it ready to put way for the season. It was a nice day to work on it - but as we cleaned and prepped for freezing weather, we couldn't help be a little 'down'... but on the bright side we had such a great summer & fall season with our 20' advenures we feel incredibly lucky!

Here's a question for the group: how much stuff, if any do you pull out of the trailer when putting it into storage for the winter?
Last season, I pulled out everything including soft goods. Which means even the seat cushions came out. That's a lot of stuff to find a place in the house for!
We rent a heated garage space & winterize in case of power loss (which historically has happened in our area).
This year, I'm thinking of leaving the cushions and some bedding/towels in the plastic bins along with all dishes, cutlery etc. which will help in terms of not having too much stuff back at the house.
Let me know what your best practice is. I'm open to what you actually do for cold weather storage. Thanks!
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