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Old 08-05-2014, 07:30 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Snake Plissken View Post
Serious question here. I used an electric space heater last month (it was in the 40's in MI at night) but in past years I've used the camper furnace. It's harder to control the temp but it worked. Why are we scaring posters away from using a furnace installed in their camper? I'm not using mine now but it is a viable option.
I think the built in furnace is great, especially with a digital thermo upgrade, and just prefer to use the portable propane heater for sake of economy and conserving battery charge. It uses a lot less propane for the same amount of heating- a lot of the furnace heat blows out the exhaust port. And the furnace is a big draw on the batteries, which when boondocking, requires more generator run time to recharge.

If I had deeper pockets, I'd use the furnace exclusively.

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Old 08-06-2014, 06:09 AM   #12
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I have used my furnace every winter at my home base since 2010 and it works great. I have upgraded the thermostat to digital and I also use an external 150 gallon propane tank. I plumb it to the trailer via a copper line and hook it into the trailer plumbing after the trailer regulator since the external tank has a regulator. I did have the tank regulator checked for proper pressure prior to using it. This has worked well for me for 4 winters and buying propane that is delivered to me 100+ gallons at a time (gallons not pounds) is a lot cheaper and much easier than buying it 30 pounds at a time in the little tanks. I probably haven't filled my built in tanks more than a half dozen times in 4 years of full time use and I'm talking about a half dozen total, not for each tank. Now my propane usage isn't that little. This past winter was cold where I home base. I saw 8 degrees several mornings with the daily temp never getting above freezing. I was nice and toasty inside, but I burned a little over 200 gallons of propane over the entire winter.

I keep my fresh water tank full during the winter and operate off of it. I only hook up the water hose to fill the onboard tank when necessary. Otherwise the hose is drained and ready for use even if the outside temp is below freezing.

My home base is in central Alabama, but where I am now.


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