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Old 01-03-2021, 06:19 AM   #1
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I believe this is my first post (my memory is Hashimoto’s shot, so who knows, lol), but I just wanted to say thanks for having me and I’m glad there’s so many Gulf Stream owners here on a dedicated forum.

I purchased a 2021 BT Cruiser 5210 in early November 2020. It should be ready for me to pick up in February 2021. I’m not sure if the place I bought it from will know all the ins/outs of the unit, as it’s not something they usually sell, but can order. So, I may be coming here for some answers if the dealership doesn’t have the answers, or if I can’t find them elsewhere online, or if the BT Cruiser guy at Gulf Stream in Indiana can’t answer any questions I may have.
I only ordered 2 options on my unit (the dinette in place of the second couch and the heated tanks), so I’m hoping for a pretty easy drive-off experience (fingers crossed).

I already have a question for other 5210 owners who have just the 1 house battery: Is it enough to fire up the furnace all night on cold nights? I honestly don’t expect the 1 battery to be able to keep both the tank heating pads and the furnace ignition switch over the course of a freezing night. But if I keep the black/grey tanks half full or less, I shouldn’t have to worry about the freezing hurting the tanks (right??). I’m mostly just hoping that the battery is at least enough to ignite the furnace many times overnight. Oh, and I guess the fridge/freezer too...

Please, if anyone has any experience with this, or anything else they think I should know, please share it with me in this thread. I’d appreciate it very much, and thank you in advance.

Here’s to a hopefully much better 2021 everyone!! I know I’m looking forward to going back to my full time RV life!

And thanks again!
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Old 01-10-2021, 11:41 AM   #2
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Hi,
We have a 2003 5210 with heated tanks and a single house battery. I have never used the heated tank option but I can tell you that with our unit, the furnace blower is 120v and will only work when the rig is hooked to shore power or the generator is on line. Our refrigerator is gas/electric but needs 120v for the electric bit.
The house battery really only services the interior lights, the electric steps and the vent fan in the bathroom.
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Old 01-10-2021, 01:37 PM   #3
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For dry camping? One battery will not last the night. I have four house batteries and it would be hard on them much less one battery. The heating of the tanks and if you have a residential type refrigerator. It will not last the night and you are going to have a cold night in bed. You need full hookups for something like what you want.
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Hi,
We have a 2003 5210 with heated tanks and a single house battery. I have never used the heated tank option but I can tell you that with our unit, the furnace blower is 120v and will only work when the rig is hooked to shore power or the generator is on line. Our refrigerator is gas/electric but needs 120v for the electric bit.
The house battery really only services the interior lights, the electric steps and the vent fan in the bathroom.
Your furnace blower won’t work unless it has shore power? That is so strange… Most RV furnaces light up and blow while off grid without having to use the generator… Wow. I hope that is not the case with a 2021.
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For dry camping? One battery will not last the night. I have four house batteries and it would be hard on them much less one battery. The heating of the tanks and if you have a residential type refrigerator. It will not last the night and you are going to have a cold night in bed. You need full hookups for something like what you want.
The fridge is a 2-way. And I hopefully won’t be in places that are so cold that I need to use the heat pads. But, the furnace should work like any other RV furnace... kicks on and blows using house battery. Same with the water heater and water pump.
I know 1 house battery is not ideal...
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