Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-03-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Chino Valley
Posts: 9
Propane heater

Hello. I am looking forward to camping as it gets cooler here in Arizona. I was talking with neighbor at campground and he used a lil space heater not his heater in his camper. He said the fan really drains the system.
Does anyone have a small space heater they use inside their camper ?
I plan on plumbing it to use my 30 pound bottle.
Once again I am open to suggestions. Iknow alot of you have lived this way longer than we have.
THANKS for your input.

bkcasa161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 10:39 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2014
Location: VA
Posts: 394
I assume you are talking about using a heater when you're not hooked to electric since you're concerned about the drain.
In those situations, I really like my Mr Buddy heater.

2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 5.7 HEMI
2̶0̶1̶4̶ ̶J̶a̶y̶ ̶F̶e̶a̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶X̶1̶9̶H̶
howie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 07:18 AM   #3
Senior Member
Seann45's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Saskatoon Sask Canada
Posts: 9,701
I have not used my furnace in 4 years just use a big buddy heater..
2004 Chev Silverado Duramax optioned past the max. 2009 Jayco Eagle 308 RLS 765 watts of solar, 6-6 volt batteries (696 amp hour), 2000 watt (4000 surge) whole house inverter.
175 days boondocking in 2017
215/2016, 211/2015, 196/14, 247/13, 193/12

Seann45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 01:11 PM   #4
Senior Member
us71na's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: McKean, PA
Posts: 428
Just be aware that using a flame or catalytic heater inside a closed camper can kill you. All heaters using gas or oil produce carbon dioxide and/or carbon monoxide when running. All non-vented heaters dump the combustion gases into the surrounding space. These gases are deadly as they make you sleepy and can kill you if are exposed long enough. I don't recommend them. Get a second battery if you are worried about the drain.
2011 Skylark 21FKV
us71na is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 02:21 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Upperco, Md.
Posts: 802
Have been using a Big Buddy for several years. Its always a good idea to crack a couple of windows when using a propane heat like Big Buddy. They are a equipped with a oxygen sensor that shuts them down when there is a low oxygen condition but a little caution is warranted. I put a T in the line that feeds the kitchen stove. Thats tied into a 12 ft. rubber line that we connect to the heater. Works great!!!!
Ela1948 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 02:44 PM   #6
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Payette
Posts: 10
Do you have a problem with water freezing while using this or do you only use it above freezing?
stansclan89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 05:52 PM   #7
Senior Member
RoyBraddy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: King George
Posts: 2,396
I have used the MR BUDDY in my OFF-ROAD CAMPER POPUP but I don't think I would use it in a trailer with hard sides... Too much of risk...

This is what you need to engineer which is vented to the outside and runs from your propane setup...

When we are on shore power I still don't use my PROPANE FURNACE... Way too heat for our liking and the fan is very noisy. It also draws too much current when camping off the power grid. The rule of thumb is one battery one night running the fan...

We use a couple of these low profile OIL-FILLED heaters available from AMAZON...


works just fine for us in the OFF-ROAD POPUP.
Roy Ken
Roy and Carolyn
I claim Horse Creek Country in Southern Ill - Momabear is from North Texas
We live in King George VA

"We're burning daylight" - John Wayne
2008 STARCRAFT 14RT OFF-ROAD POPUP with PD9260C and three 85AH 12VDC batteries
2010 F150 FX4 5.4 GAS with 3.73 gears - Super Cab - Towing Package - 2KW Honda EU2000i Gen
K9PHT (since 1957) 146.52Mhz
"We always have a PLAN B"
RoyBraddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 09:40 PM   #8
Senior Member
SmokerBill's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: PNW
Posts: 2,699
Big Buddy heaters are safe as long as you follow the manufacturer recommendations. The manual even tells you how many square inches of opening are required for ventilation. I keep one window cracked open an inch or so (next to my bed), and the roof vent in the bathroom opened about the same.

Heat from the Buddy rises, goes out the roof vent, which pulls fresh air in from the bedside window. Fresh air is constantly flowing into my TT when I use my Big Buddy. I sleep with confidence.
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 HEMI Quad Cab
2011 Jay Flight 26BH
SmokerBill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 11:50 PM   #9
Site Team
Snake Plissken's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: DeWitt, MI
Posts: 1,077
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.

2007 Jayco Feather 19H
2008 Ford Explorer SportTrac
Snake Plissken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2014, 12:35 AM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North Idaho/Arizona
Posts: 5,303
For winter camping in Az we use our Kozy World heater. You do have to crack open a couple of windows to control moisture and to provide for air used in the combustion process.

2011 Eagle 330RLTS with just about every option.
2017 Silverado 1500 4x4 5.3 with tow package.

I was born with nothing and I still have most of it left.
clutch is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.