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Old 11-06-2014, 07:01 AM   #11
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When camping, we have used the old fashioned hot water bottles. Heat water in a kettle or pan on the stovetop and then fill the bottles. They stay warm for a long time when under the covers. Our best bet, however, is Homer the beagle and it almost the only good use we have found for him. Homer is one HOT dog, and even cat lovers will snuggle up to him on a cold campout.
Everyone should have a "Homer"
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:06 AM   #12
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This is a very dangerous idea, especially in an RV, do to the carbon monoxide being introduced.

We have sheep around here, and the herders stay with the flock in small TT. It seems every couple years one dies from CO poisoning from heating their TT this way.
Good point! Now I'm afraid to heat up my Ramen Noodles...
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:18 AM   #13
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:30 AM   #14
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Good point! Now I'm afraid to heat up my Ramen Noodles...
Ramen noodles are dangerous and contribute to premature death for whole differnt set of reasons -- but I do enjoy a big bowl of ramen on a cold day. :-)
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:54 PM   #15
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Since CO is heavier than air, would the draw from the overhead range fan be enough to essentially vacuum up the CO gasses while using the oven/burners?
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:09 PM   #16
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Under normal circumstances, CO is actually slightly lighter than air, so with normal cooking on your stove and in your oven any products of incomplete combustion(CO) would be exhausted with your hood fan.
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Under normal circumstances, CO is actually slightly lighter than air, so with normal cooking on your stove and in your oven any products of incomplete combustion(CO) would be exhausted with your hood fan.
provided you have the outside vent unlatched
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:58 PM   #18
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Update on the Weekend:

This was actually a Football tailgate weekend. I ended up bringing an extra battery and used some jumper cables to wire the batteries in parallel. Only had to run the heater before bed and early morning. No shortage of power for the weekend.

Thanks for all your input!
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My old Suburban has two batteries, even though it is a gas job. When I used it as a TV, i would isolate the second battery when I parked, and didn't have to worry if I ran the two TT batteries and the primary TV battery down. Our new Ford F150 has only one battery, but doesn't supply juice to the trailer when the key is off, so I guess it is "isolated" when boondocking as well.
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If you set the furnace a bit high you might not even make 1 night.
Its just great being woken up at 5 in the morning with the propane alarm beeping cause the battery is flat.
ABSOLUTELY - nothing worse than that alarm! On our 3rd shakedown trip we were beach boondocking ~ the nights were into the 40s and very damp, so we ran the furnace at 65. At 5am the alarm blasted - the dog launched onto the bed (claws extended), I launched myself out the door barefoot and in my PJs, and DH had to focus and troubleshoot while still half-asleep. Of course, we couldn't brew coffee and the place was freezing so we just packed-up and headed home! That one miserable experience propelled us into purchasing (2) generators. SO ... it is HIGHLY suggested you borrow or rent a generator 'just in case' and run it during the day to charge-up.
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