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Old 11-05-2013, 06:43 PM   #11
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Newbie here :) Chilly nights, do you use the furnace or electric heater


Here is a thread on JOF talking about thermostats.

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Old 11-05-2013, 06:58 PM   #12
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I installed a 20A power inlet, ran it to a double pole circuit breaker and then to two wall outlets that run ceramic heaters. That way, it doesn't use power off of the 30A service.

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Old 11-05-2013, 06:59 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by FPM III View Post
If I have electric, I use both- electric and propane. How? I'll explain, but your electric heater must have a thermostat for this to work.

Now, the tricky part. You might have to "play with" the two thermostats a bit before you get this right. You set the thermostat for the propane furnace to come on a few degrees lower than the when the electric heater turns on.

Your electric heater will supply all the heat until the outdoor temperature becomes cold enough that the electric heater alone will be unable to maintain the desired temperature and the inside temperature will begin to drop. When it reaches the temperature that the propane furnace is set to, it will come on to assist the electric heater in bringing the indoor temperature back into the comfort zone.

This is the same principle that heat pumps use in colder climates. The heat pump supplies all the heat, but there is a point where it becomes cold enough outside that the heat pump is unable to supply enough heat to keep the house warm. Once the inside temperature drops a few degrees below the desired temperature, electric heaters come on to provide supplemental heat to bring the temperature back up.

X2 This is what I do and seems to work great!
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:20 PM   #14
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X2 This is what I do and seems to work great!
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:26 PM   #15
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I will have to try the furnace and the electric combo...that does sound good. I also have the heated mattress pads, they are well worth the money. I would not camp in the cold without them again
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:42 PM   #16
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I use the same approach as FPM III.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #17
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We have a small ceramic heater. Typically during the day it sits on the stove top. At night I like it on the floor (heat rises). We too have electric mattress pads on each bunk end. They are excellent. When it has been really cold (20 deg or so) I will bring two electric heaters with me. To run the second heater I run an extension cord into the HTT through the slide out drive mechanism. You can do it through the hinge area on one of your bunks. I usually only run the furnace to exercises it, or when boondocking.

I did change out the thermostat. It runs off of 2 AA batteries.

As for how cold you can go. Well I have been out when the morning temps I read on my outdoor thermometer read 21 degrees, and the day time temps are about 40. I have never had an issue yet. I do fill the fresh water tank, and do not use a city water connection. I also keep a couple cabinet doors open to allow the heat into the cabinets to ensure the pipes do not freeze. If I get up in the middle of the night for any reason I do open the kitchen faucet (it is the last facet in our HTT) to move a little water through the lines.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #18
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Newbie here :) Chilly nights, do you use the furnace or electric heater

x2 on the heated mattress pad along with an electric heater, setting the temp lower on the furnace in case the electric heater can't keep up. The heated mattress pad sure does make it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:19 PM   #19
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I prefer to run electric heat. We use the type that heats oil and looks like the radiators in older houses, no noise. The campers heater wakes me up every time it runs.

Buy a heat only type thermostat. The AC will not work if you are running on battery but the furnace will.

I use the camper for hunting in October and November, but if there is any chance of a freeze I winterize the camper and just don't use the water system at all. One great trick I found is using the cushions from the table as insulation. I stand one up against the canvas then put my pillow against it, my head never gets cold. Works along the long side of the bed too, keeps your sides from getting cold and you don't have to crank up the heat so high inside the camper.

X2 on the electric oil heater. Works well...you'll be snug as a bug in a rug.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:54 AM   #20
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We have a small electric space heater that I picked up in Target. I set the furnace temp to a lower temp than the space heater to keep it from coming on unless it gets really cold. We're good down to around 28F without the furnace. On the bed we use a down comforter. Very comfy!


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