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Old 09-23-2011, 07:14 PM   #11
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Much cheaper, easier, and probably warmer to buy a portable ceramic heater. Just one heater makes our camper toasty warm.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:02 AM   #12
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CampingGirl,

I'm a little jealous. This spring (March/April in Missouri) we ran oil filled heaters in both the front and back bedrooms and a ceramic one in our main living area and still had the furnace cycle off and on quit a bit. Course I'm heating 36+ feet of camper with high ceilings. I personally don't think my 2011 holds the heat in nearly as well as our 98 Jayco Eagle did.
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I'm a little jealous. This spring (March/April in Missouri) we ran oil filled heaters in both the front and back bedrooms and a ceramic one in our main living area and still had the furnace cycle off and on quit a bit. Course I'm heating 36+ feet of camper with high ceilings. I personally don't think my 2011 holds the heat in nearly as well as our 98 Jayco Eagle did.

Wow. That's a lot of heaters ! I have a 26 foot and one heater does great, so I could only assume if i had an extra ten foot one more heater of similar size on the other end would do it. Mine must be very well insulated! Even in the 100 degree smeltering heat, and being parked in the sun, my AC kept it a cool 68 to 69 degrees inside, and all the while I was reading posts on forums where others couldn't get theirs below 80.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:26 PM   #14
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We have the fireplace option and use a Vornado digital as a supplement in the bathroom. We have not camped in really cold weather yet so we will see how it does.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:46 AM   #15
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Well we've camped when it was cold, at least as cold as it gets here in GA. The furnace is more than capable of keeping us warm but it can be too much sometimes and we don't use it that often. We have space heaters that we kept form our pop-up that had no furncae, I would just like a safer option for those mornings when we don't need a lot of heat, just enough to make getting out of the bed easier.

Why would the ducted a/c prevent the use of a heat strip? The ducts not capable of dealing with the heat? or because it loses too much of the heat by traveling through the ducts? I know it's no substitute for the propane furnace.
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We don't use the furnace very often because a lot of the heat goes into the belly of the trailer. We don't camp in really cold weather so we either use electric heaters or our catalytic heater. The fireplace does generate some heat but the space heaters are more efficient.
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I don't think the Coleman has an option to add the duct heater. Other than that, I see no reason why it could not be added.
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:13 PM   #18
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Nope...you are all correct - they are not an option for the ducted system.

I have heat strips in another vehicle that does not have ducted vents. It is actually kind of nice to take the nippiness out of the air. It has a pair of little mini diesel fired furnaces and they get really too hot, so sometimes it is nice just to circulate the stale air and add just a touch of heat.
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Well, I had the interior cover open last night to clean the filter. The interior of the unit has labels and wiring diagrams for a heat strip and shows which switches to use to run it. This of course makes me think it can be done. The build sheet for the TT also lists the unit as a "air conditioner / heat pump". What about the ducted system makes you not able to use a heat strip???
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Well, I had the interior cover open last night to clean the filter. The interior of the unit has labels and wiring diagrams for a heat strip and shows which switches to use to run it. This of course makes me think it can be done. The build sheet for the TT also lists the unit as a "air conditioner / heat pump". What about the ducted system makes you not able to use a heat strip???
Well I stand corrected! Every ducted system I have ever seen has said specifically they do not support heat strips; although I would verify with the manufacture that they do support heat strips in that configuration. I like them - if I had the option - I would add them as well!
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