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Old 09-03-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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Heater and Heat Pump are both too noisy...

I have a 2006 Itasca Meridian 36G. This past weekend, we went to the high country with some other RV'rs. When we set the Heat Pump to come on in the middle of the night at 52 degrees, the noise from it being located directly below our bed woke us every time it came on. I finally got up and switched the thermostat to gas heat, but that too was noisy as heck. It also is located directly below the bedroom on the outside wall. I think that this is a definite design flaw from Winnebago. I have never owned a coach where the heater kept me awake when it turned on. I am planning on purchasing an electric stand-alone heater with a thermostat that I will keep plugged in whenever I camp in chilly weather. My problem will be, what do I do when I am dry-camping...? Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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. My problem will be, what do I do when I am dry-camping...? Anyone have any suggestions?
Ear plugs?
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:51 PM   #3
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That's what we do. I did a search for quiet space heaters and bought a 1500 watt Holmes. We use it in the living area on cool evenings and aim it towards the bedroom with the thermostat set at about 60-65 degrees at bedtime. We both like it set at "meat locker" at night. We didn't use the heat pump or furnace all last winter in Florida. Ours is noisy too and I also don't want to wear it out.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:45 AM   #4
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:15 AM   #5
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For dry campoing some people use catalytic heaters but there are safety concern about using those.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:37 PM   #6
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How noisy are we talking? There could be a problem with either system if it is that loud. My 2001 furnace is under the bedroom floor and is tolerable, moderately noticeable but not like a midnight freight train passing by.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:11 PM   #7
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How noisy are we talking? There could be a problem with either system if it is that loud. My 2001 furnace is under the bedroom floor and is tolerable, moderately noticeable but not like a midnight freight train passing by.
Like I said Neil, I have never owned a coach that had this noisy of a gas furnace, and I've owned six motorhomes. It's not like it's rattling or making broken noises, it's just loud. Kind of like the sound of a vacuum running while you're trying to sleep.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:20 AM   #8
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It sounds like there may indeed be a problem. From what you say about the sound it's probably air noise or "fan tip" noise. It would be a good idea to double check the air filter (distorted installation or if it's too dirty it make it noisy) and you may want check or have someone check the blower. If it's out of balance or had any debris caught up in it that could make it noisy as well.
To get the volume of air needed from a basement system it takes high pressure and high velocity which make most of these systems kind of noisy to begin with; couple that with some minor blockages and you can end with a unreasonable amount of noise.

Please let us know what you find.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:09 AM   #9
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While your's is obviously newer than mine, the 36G floorplan has the return duct for the LP furnace near the bed. That creates some noise when the LP furnace runs, for sure. We can also hear the heat pump compressors start up when they run but we've just gotten used to it.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:32 PM   #10
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Heater and Heat Pump are both too noisy...

I "second" the use of the Holmes 1500 watt stand-alone auxiliary heater. It is the quietest heater I have owned and is very effective. When on "shore power," we have no need for the gas or electric furnace at night.

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Old 09-06-2012, 08:38 PM   #11
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I have a winnebago Voyage (2007) and have the same issue. I too use the Holmes heater and when dry camping I use a catalytic heater connected to a portable tank
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That makes 3 of us. My 37H has the air return for the heat pump right next to the bed, with the blower unit right below it. My gas heat is actually quite quiet., since its return register is in the kitchen.

I have found that settimg the HP fan at the thermostat to "RUN" rather than "AUTO" makes a difference, because the fan doesn't cycle - only the compressors do. It's the switching on and off of the fan that bothers me more.

We also use the Holmes convection heater (no fan) in the living room, set to about 70 degrees. We set the heat pump to 58 degrees, so that it will come on if the bedroom gets much lower than about 55.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:01 PM   #13
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I'm just wondering...does the return air for the gas heater have to be indoors?
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:43 PM   #14
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yes, the gas furnace return must be in the living space. I agree with Bluepill... when operating the heat pump (cooling or heating) while in bed, try leaving the fan in the "run" position and just let the compressor cycle on demand. Even though it remains VERY noisy, it's more tolerable because it doesn't alternate between silence and loud noise.

Yes, I agree that it's a poor design to have the heat pump under the bedroom.

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