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Old 11-07-2012, 12:21 PM   #11
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If I use strictly the furnace with temps into the low 30s to high 20s at night and the day temps around 50* my unit will burn through a 30# tank about every three days. This is with the thermastat set at 65* at night and 68* through the day. Like others I use the electric heaters to supplement the furnance. Where I am currently charges extra for the electric so it is a toss up which is the cheapest but I use the electric anyway because it is so much easier than lugging propane tanks. YMMV.

We do the same thing. The breaking point for electric vs propane is around 14 cents per kw. Any higher and propane is cheaper.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:12 PM   #12
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Can I do this w/ a 20amp connection?
Yes, as long as you practice some common sense, energy management. If you're running your electric heater, don't run another high amperage appliance like a toaster, electric coffeemaker, hair dryer, microwave oven, etc. If I want to one of these, I turn off the electric heater while I use the desired appliance. You should be OK running your refrigerator on electric with the electric heater on (I do it all the time with no problems). However, if it is a problem, switch your refrigerator over to gas. Same goes for your hot water heater (HWH) if you normally run it on electric (NOTE: there are some HWH models that run on gas only).

Unfortunately, there can be some trade-offs here and you could still end up using some propane if you have to run your refrigerator and/or HWH on gas instead of electric.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:47 PM   #13
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Can I do this w/ a 20amp connection?
As Norty says "yes". I can also run the A/C off a 20A circuit. The furnace draw is mostly the blower which I expect to be relatively small.
I've not dry-camped but believe the furnace fan is 12V.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:19 PM   #14
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Yes, as long as you practice some common sense, energy management. If you're running your electric heater, don't run another high amperage appliance like a toaster, electric coffeemaker, hair dryer, microwave oven, etc. If I want to one of these, I turn off the electric heater while I use the desired appliance. You should be OK running your refrigerator on electric with the electric heater on (I do it all the time with no problems). However, if it is a problem, switch your refrigerator over to gas. Same goes for your hot water heater (HWH) if you normally run it on electric (NOTE: there are some HWH models that run on gas only).

Unfortunately, there can be some trade-offs here and you could still end up using some propane if you have to run your refrigerator and/or HWH on gas instead of electric.
Thanks. Was just thinking about burning off the new heater smell at the storage lot as I have a 20amp connection. Appreciate the additional info, though.

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:18 PM   #15
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Interesting that most of the responses assumed that you had electric heat available. If not, be careful as consumption will be MUCH higher. Yes, you can run an electric heater with a 20A circuit - just don't run the microwave or 2 heaters at the same time.

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You can run one electric heater on a 20 amp connection. You can't use any other high draw items at the same time...like the microwave.
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I just went to Punkin Chunkin in Delaware, ran heater with propane for 2 days set at 68 degrees. I may have used 1/3 of the 30 gallon tank. My heat was on the entire time, my friend ended up sick and couldn't get out of bed.
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Interesting that most of the responses assumed that you had electric heat available. If not, be careful as consumption will be MUCH higher. Yes, you can run an electric heater with a 20A circuit - just don't run the microwave or 2 heaters at the same time.

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The reason we are assuming the OP has electric available is because in the first post the OP says "I will be at a site with full hookups."
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You can run other appliances as long as they are not on the same circuit. You can check the circuitry by plugging in a lamp or two, turn on micro wave and turn off the breakers until you find the one that controls which outlet. Mark a pce of paper and tape in your elec panel. Larry
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You can run your furnace on 110V or 12V. The power requirement is fairly low, just the igniter and blower, however it can run your battery down in one night if it is on a lot. As for supplemental electric heat, a 1500W heater uses 12.5 Amps. In our Hybrid (canvas ends) the electric heater works fine down to the low 20’s. We just turn on the furnace for a few minutes in the morning to boost the temperature.

If we are using something that has high power consumption such as an electric griddle, I just turn the electric heater off until I am done. No big deal, you do not even notice the heat is off. With our HTT I found I can pull an extension cord into the trailer under the slide thought the slide rail opening. Then I just plug in to the extension cord and plug the other end in to the CG electrical post.

Personally, I do not know how long a tank will last, as we have never use the furnace a lot.
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