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Old 01-17-2016, 08:09 PM   #1
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377 RLBH initial impressions

We spent the night in our driveway last night in our new North Point 377. Here is some of our initial impressions.

The heat pump works great. It was about 45 degrees and the heat pump kept us toasty warm. We also tested the AC, and were quite impressed at the low noise level.

The fireplace did not seem to put out as much heat as the one we had in our previous unit, but may be due to the larger area/volume of the rear living area as compared to our old rig.

The fridge water/ice was not working. Found the shut off in the worst place...up behind the oven. After I turned it on, still no water. Then I remembered reading a second shut off for the bypass under the sink. I had to pull off the dummy panel that hides the wires and pipes to find it hidden behind the drain pipe at floor level. What a dumb place to put it! Finally got water/ice to work but water wasn't coming out very fast--may have a kink in the line.

The couch and theater seats are very comfy.

The stereo speakers are not that great.

The LED toe kick lights all come on at once instead of independently.

The outside fridge doesn't have any type of thermostat or on/off switch.

Overall, very happy with it and impressed with the fit/finish of our unit. We LOVE this trailer!
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:15 PM   #2
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Tom - Please explain what the heat pump does for me, as my new unit will have this feature. I don't know much about the heat pump...I thought it just heated the water while in the lines. Also, keep the info coming, as I plan on learning a TON of new info from you!!

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Old 01-17-2016, 08:31 PM   #3
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The heat pump is basically an electric heater. It's nice because you don't need to burn up all your propane to warm your trailer on milder evenings. No need for space heaters.

How it works is It dumps cool air to the outside and warm air inside. It's basically the AC working in reverse. It only works when outside temps are over 40 degrees or so. Also, it will only come on when you set the thermostat to no more than 5 degrees of the interior temperature. So, if inside is 50, and you set it to 70, the furnace will come on first to warm up the coach to 65, then the heat pump will take over. But if it's 50, and you set it the 55, the heat pumps starts right up. Also, if it dips below 40 at night with the heat pump on, the furnace will automatically come on to keep you warm.
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Thanks for the explanation. We were wondering as well. We could hear the furnace kick on when we had it set to electric heat ant that explains it for us!
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Thanks for the explanation. We were wondering as well. We could hear the furnace kick on when we had it set to electric heat ant that explains it for us!

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Is the outside fridge a "large" dorm style fridge? Or one of the extremely small units? Also, brand? I have a PDI brand in the outside kitchen of my 375BHFS and the power/thermostat dial is in the upper right corner when the fridge is open.

Hope this helps!
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It's a really small outside fridge. It's a PD brand and there are no controls that I can see inside of it
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Well, I was hoping to come back with a nice screenshot of the owners manual or something else that would help you. Unfortunately the only thing I learned is that PD stands for Pummel Drive. That is apparently the manufacturer of these units. I could not find anything else in them. Odd to say the least.
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Well, I was hoping to come back with a nice screenshot of the owners manual or something else that would help you. Unfortunately the only thing I learned is that PD stands for Pummel Drive. That is apparently the manufacturer of these units. I could not find anything else in them. Odd to say the least.

I think I saw the manual in my packet but I didn't read it. I'm actually thinking about removing that little teeny tiny fridge for more outside storage. We have the residential fridge so we have lots of room in it
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We have the residential fridge as well. I'm trying to get an answer from someone on here as far as how long the inverter will power the fridge on battery power alone while underway.

We typically take one big trip a year to Maine which is about 5 or 6 hours for us. I'm hoping it is still running when we get there.
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