We have been on the road now for a little over a week. We have, like most of you, been experiencing cold weather. In an RV, that can make life a little more difficult. There are a few things we do that make it cold weather living in a RV doable and quite enjoyable. It is all part of the adventure.
We left Virginia Beach and drove south toward Florida. The farther south we went we noticed the front heater aka as "dash heat" was not blowing warm air. Hmmm. We forgot that we had the reverse problem last summer in the heat when our air conditioner would not blow cool air.
When we took it in to Bay Diesel at Red Bay, they added freon and serviced the A/C. A tech also told me about the yellow shutoff valve near the transmission back underneath the engine. He gave it a half turn to block the flow or warm air through the hose to the front.
I forgot all that. In the last few days, after Pam and I experienced some cold driving in the front of the coach, we stumbled upon our conversation with the tech. I didn't remember where the shutoff valve was located exactly. The weather has been rainy and nasty so I wasn't anxious to get down on the ground and wedge myself under there to poke around. We waited until we were in a better spot to do anything about it.
I called Bay Diesel yesterday morning and talked to the man himself. Nice to talk to Chris. He explained where the engine heater shutoff valve was: near the bell housing and chassis frame.
Since I did not know what bell housing was, I looked it up on Google and figured out what it looked like.
It was freezing cold outside at our campground in Houston, but we were on a dry concrete pad and I figured it was as good a time as any to see what I could do.
l bundled up with gloves and work jacket and got a moving blanket to lay on. I didn't know how long I was going to be on the ground but it doesn't take long to get cold laying on cold concrete. I also put my headlamp to good use. I have recently started using it more to free up my hands.
I was surprised: I turned a simple 5 minute job into a simple 5 minute job!
I thought: I am winning at life!! Yes!!!! :)
I only got excited because I have learned that things that seem simple often times aren't simple and if they are simple, I know I often have a way making things harder than they need to be...
So there it is - how to open the valve and get hot air blowing into the front dash heater. We verified it worked and were a lot warmer on the drive to Cowtown RV Park in Aledo, TX, where we are camped for a few days.
While we are at it, I thought I'd note our own version of winterizing. Since we live in the Roadrunner 24/7 even in cold weather at times, here are some of the things we do to make our home warmer.
Pam devised a curtain hanging system with a standard rod that is held in place with 3 self adhesive plastic Command-brand plastic hooks. Kelly gave her a two curtains that she no longer needed and it fits in place and keeps the cold from the window and door at bay.
Last fall we got new carpet installed at MSRV in Golden/Red Bay. Daniel did a great job with the install and put a binding on a couple of pieces of extra carpet. I paid him extra to put binding on two long pieces I keep rolled up in the basement. During cold weather we keep them unrolled and minimize the exposure of those cold ceramic tiles.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles! We hope you are well and warm!