Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-17-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
Glamper1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 141
Furnace

Hi
First night in AI
Never had so much fun sleeping and eating.
I have to figure out the thermostat next.
My questiin is, do you experts use the furnace while you sleep?
Propane scares me
Im thinking of getting s high quality electric space heater and just use that til 10-11 pm then shut off
If not on shore power maybe do the same with the propane furnace.
50 watt solar seems useless so at least for now, I dont see myself boondocking but im sure with time, knowledge, and confidence that will change.
All comments appreciated
Including your best pick for a 12 volt mini vacuum.
__________________

__________________
Glamper1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 04:25 PM   #2
4 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
ottawa (greely) , Ontario
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 390
Blog Entries: 1
I always use the furnace on all night , if I have electric hook up then I use the heat strip on a.c . Or extra electric heater but turn off the electric heater once in bed and leave furnace on ,if it's cold below freezing the holding tanks are heated on some airstream models from the furnace so you have to leave it on or they will freeze up. And your 50watt solar panel is only good to prolong your boondocking ability unless your very conservative and the panel is in the sun no shade, my wife and I can go 6 days on our 1 battery with no solar panels or electricity , I did upgrade my battery to a real deep cycle battery 129 amp hours a lot better then those crappy interstate batteries.
__________________

__________________
2012 silverado ext cab 4x4 ,5.3 L , 6 speed trans,3:42 final drive,tow package standard box 6 1/2 foot . 2014 honda forza 300 scooter, #2 2015 honda crf 250 L (Dual sport)
scamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 04:36 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
UKDUDE's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Sedona , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,038
I always use a small ceramic heater when hooked up - there are hundreds to choose from on Amazon.
I do use the furnace when dry camping, but set the thermostat pretty low and make sure there's good ventilation from the overhead MaxxFan; and REGULARLY test the smoke, CO and propane detectors. Very important, and for peace of mind too.
__________________
UKDUDE is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 05:30 PM   #4
Vintage Kin
 
slowmover's Avatar
 
Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 7,601
Images: 1
I don't sweat the furnace. They are more reliable than an overtaxed elec system. A DYSON Hot Heater is a great addition.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
1990 35' Silver Streak Sterling; 9k GVWR.
2004 DODGE Cummins 305/555; 6-manual; 9k GVWR.
Hensley Arrow. 9-cpm solo, 15-cpm towing
Sold: Silver Streak Model 3411
slowmover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 05:44 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
 
toskeysam's Avatar
 
2013 Interstate Coach
Townsend , Tennessee
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 487
We use a small ceramic heater to maintain a lower overnight setting. We leave the furnace set at 55. We do check all detectors each time out. Used the tank heaters on the last trip, along with a heated hose.


Sent from my iPad using Airstream Forums
__________________
FMCA # 436814
toskeysam is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 05:58 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
terryV's Avatar
 
2002 31' Classic
Currently Looking...
Monroe , Iowa
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 649
I use the furnace if it's cold. I set it at 68 degrees, which is the temp Joyce likes.

During a sunny day the trailer warms up and the furnace doen't work very hard at all.

I've done a lot of snow camping while hunting over the years. I can go a couple or weeks on the propane on board.
__________________
terryV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 06:01 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
jimmini's Avatar

 
1989 29' Land Yacht
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,594
Images: 43
Heater

Since we boondock and do not have external power. We set are heater at 50 F at night so we do not use up our battery power and we do not have to worry about freezing water tanks.
We use sleeping bag in our trailer all the time and they are - 20 f so we stay warm all the time.
Use 190 watt solar panel free standing to charge battery's and have Honda 2000 when we need it.
__________________
Jimmini :
AKA : TUMBLEWEED. Just an old buzzard with a itch to yonder.
Cowboys have a way of looking at things a little differently than most folks.Their wisdom is simple and more down to earth.
jimmini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 06:50 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
Bk Yd Safari's Avatar
 
2008 20' Safari
Tunnel Hill , Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 291
Images: 3
on cold nights we use the furnace, when not so cold we use a small electric ceramic heater purchased from Ace Hardware.
__________________

Remember its not the destination, but rather the journey.... its what's in the middle that matters the most!
Bk Yd Safari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 07:23 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
TinShack's Avatar

 
2005 28' Safari S/O
Paradise , California
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,438
Images: 28
We use a portable space heater for cold nights in most cases. For sub-freezing temps, it's best to use the furnace on later model trailers as it is ducted to areas that contain plumbing between the interior and exterior of the trailer. Running the furnace will help keep the pipes from freezing.

As for a vacuum, we use a Dyson cordless digital slim. Not a direct 12v plug in but rechargeable 120v. Love it.
__________________
Steve
"THE OLDER I GET, THE BETTER I WAS"
TinShack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 07:51 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
73shark's Avatar
 
2011 Interstate Coach
Overland Park , Kansas
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,748
I use a Black & Decker Versa-Pak vacuum. Keep it under the streetside second row seat and plugged in to the nearby outlet.
__________________
Glass half full or half empty to an engineer is the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

PM me for sale info on my 2011. SOLD!
Upfitted Transit 350 sitting in driveway.
73shark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 08:11 PM   #11
3 Rivet Member
 
Glamper1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 141
Thanks
Great advice
__________________
Glamper1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 08:15 PM   #12
3 Rivet Member
 
Glamper1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 141
With electric heater and/or furnace on should I keep max fan door open AND have that fan on low?
Or is it okay to just keep a few side panels open a tad for ventilation?
Thanks all
__________________
Glamper1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 08:50 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
TinShack's Avatar

 
2005 28' Safari S/O
Paradise , California
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,438
Images: 28
Assuming you have a later model trailer, the furnace is vented to the outside, and electric heaters do not consume oxygen, so no need to leave windows or vents open. It will help to help keep the condensation build-up down though. I usually leave a couple windows open a crack on opposite sides of the trailer to help with that.
__________________
Steve
"THE OLDER I GET, THE BETTER I WAS"
TinShack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2014, 09:06 PM   #14
3 Rivet Member
 
Glamper1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 141
Thank you CA Streamer

I assume CA is for California

Bay Area by any chance?
__________________

__________________
Glamper1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Furnace fumes from new furnace rosser7 LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 15 06-01-2013 10:17 AM
Modification to Furnace Propane Line winner LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 6 06-29-2002 04:54 AM
Furnace won't light /stay lit Don Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 9 06-29-2002 04:37 AM
Deactivated Furnace will Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 6 06-22-2002 09:19 PM
Furnace problems... Andy R Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 3 04-01-2002 09:29 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.