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Old 09-09-2014, 07:50 AM   #1
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Running a furnance when not level

I have a 351 RSTS that is parked on the street in front of my house. We are in the middle of an early cold snap with overnight temps dipping into the -5 celsius range. Because of the slope of the road towards the curb the camper is not level and slopes significantly to the right hand side. I want to run the furnance overnight to keep things from freezing up. My question is can I run the furnace with my slides closed and with it not level? Fridge isnt being used no issues there.

I havent winterized yet because we are not done camping.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:58 AM   #3
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although the furnace will not likely keep up IMO. There are a lot of lines underneath the trailer that could freeze. I personally would blow the water out
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That unit is fairly well insulated so you should be fine. We actually camped when the temps hit 13 F (-10 C) in a unit that did not have a thermal package and nothing froze.
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I should clarify that we do have the four season package with the heated underbelly. If I had to blow out the lines everytime the temperatures in Alberta went to -5c I would stop camping.
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Could you run an extension cord to a small space heater inside? That might help the furnace run less...? Just a thought.
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Could you run an extension cord to a small space heater inside? That might help the furnace run less...? Just a thought.
That's what I do, as well. If you're plugged into shore power, you could just plug the space heater into one of the on-board AC outlets.
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If you use a space heater and not the furnace, the lines under the trailer will not get any warmth and might very well freeze up. If you are worried about being less than level, why not put some leveling stuff under the lower tires and somewhat level it up couldn't you. I would suggest you plug it in to shore power as that kind of low temps will probably draw your batter down quite quickly running the furnace during the night.
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If you use a space heater and not the furnace, the lines under the trailer will not get any warmth and might very well freeze up. If you are worried about being less than level, why not put some leveling stuff under the lower tires and somewhat level it up couldn't you. I would suggest you plug it in to shore power as that kind of low temps will probably draw your batter down quite quickly running the furnace during the night.
Agreed. This is a better solution IMHO.
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Thanks for the replies. I can't level it because if I put the jacks down I will end up with a visit from the bylaw officers. I am ok for 72 hours if I stay hooked up. Even running power to it from the house is gonna get me in doo-doo.
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