Our suplimental gas heater is mounted in the front, right by the door so doesn't offer much help for the back end.
Actually - the gas heater up front does have ductwork that extends to the rear - look by the curbside of the AS about a foor to the rear of the bunk bed (assuming yours has one there) - there should be a vent ... its suppose to also force air into baffle areas where the pipes run to prevent freezing....
I am wondering about the advisability of stuffing fiberglass insulation into the back access area. Any danger of fire? I have a battery and charger in there becaus the converter doesn't work.
Put some metal flashing around where your charger and battery are - then add the insulation you need. I also believe that there is special insulation that can be bought from home centers - such as that you put around those recessed lights in attics - designed specifically for that kind of application - I personally do not see a issue with it - the main concern is that you give both the battery and charger airflow...for cooling and ventilation...
For your sat - try this link for some helpful how to's.
Keep in mind that if you are using regular coax from the dish back to the RV - you will be chasing a ghost becuase you will never get a strong signal if any at all - you need to make sure you are using the RG-6 cable - available at radio shack...
The extra storage compartment on my Unit - was there when I purchased it. I believe I am the third owner of the unit. The original owners had fixed the sag in the rear (yes according to some sources it wasn't a issu with a 79 - but pparently it was on mine) - and when they had it fixed they had a extension of the frame added on so that they could mount and enclose a generator. so the storage area is actually split into two sections. Actually I found it quite handy as its easy acces for startes and secondly I can keep all the hoses, electrical adapter - and other items I would much rather not have in the AS safe and sound. As a matter of fact I also have a 10 gallon portable water bottle that I put in there - in the event I am dry docking and need potable water for say shower or something... so its been somewhat adventageous.
The downside is - the frame is beefy and hangs down lower than the rest of the AS. Which makes getting up my driveway a painful experience - since the last five feet end up dragging as I go up my hill. The other disadvantage is that you can not see the end extension of the trailer... so backing into places takes a little more effort in remembering that everything is actually WAY closer than what it appears....
The longest trip.... well that would be the maiden voyage. And that trip I went from Philly to Seattle (2500+ miles). Luckily I did my homework - got the right truck for the job - and the right hitch set-up - and getting it out here (I am still in Seattle) was actually a pleasant experience. However, those little things have popped up here and there - and with my work schedule - it is frustrating to deal with as I have not the time - nor do I want to send the unit to a repair shop and be forced back into hotels for a few weeks (after all that was why I bought it in the first place - to avoid just that).... but no regrets really - its comforting to be in my unit - after a long day - knowing that the convienances are there and I brought with me the things I enjoy....So the last 5 months of living in my AS have gone quite smoothly and even completed some remodeling to make it "more homey" - or as I would like to say "the portable bachelors pad". lol
I am going to look into getting some of those blankets you recommend... and I think also do the insulation deal in the front as well since a good portion of the heat loss I have somes from the to battery compartments by the tongue...
Thanks for the post !