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Old 11-13-2013, 09:57 PM   #1
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First Cold Camping Trip

Hi, I'm new here. I'll be using the Airstream for the first time this weekend in cold weather. I'm hoping to not have any trouble lighting the furnace. I should still have two full propane tanks. Any advice?
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Turn on the heater before you leave to make sure it works. Buy a CO detector. Will you have full hook ups at the camp?
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Test the furnace and water heater ASAP. That way you will know status before you leave. Better to ruin a trip than have it ruined once you arrive.
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If you have a power hookup at the campground, use an small electric heater. Save your propane.
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All good advice. I might add that only the furnace will protect your tanks and water lines that are under the floor, in the belly. The furnace will have a duct into that area. Only a concern in below freezing temps.

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If you have a power hookup at the campground, use an small electric heater. Save your propane.
Welcome to the forum.
Most often I use a ceramic heater. When I use the furnace (or hot water heater) I first light one of the burners on the cooktop to ensure that I have gas to the furnace.

Check out everything before you leave and then you can relax and enjoy the trip.
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A few years back we switched to one of those oil filled, radiator looking electric heaters and we really like it. It is bigger, a bit more cumbersome, but it is silent and even when it cycles off it still radiates heat. It is on casters so we can roll it around some, up front when we are sitting on the couch, then back towards the bedroom for the nite.

In a 34', no electric heater will do it all but the radiator heater subsidizes the furnace and IT IS QUIET!!!!

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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I installed a 30 amp hook up to plug into and I have an IR heater, but at least three people will be sleeping in there this weekend. I'm still winterized and won't be using the toilet or water tanks until I understand her a little better. I'm a little concerned about any CO issues and even basic lighting procedures. I appreciate the encouragement!
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:15 PM   #10
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Furnace Instruction

Can anyone tell me the life expectancy of the stock furnace on a '77 31' sovereign? Thank you all!
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One more thought...

regardless of the heat source, we always crack open a window (the bathroom for us) to let in some fresh air, which helps minimize fogging windows and provide a safer sleeping enviroment from the furnace/co2.

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Old 12-07-2013, 09:31 AM   #12
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We've gotten a serious cold snap in Austin 26 degrees. Haven't winterized the trailer it has full tanks as I just got back from Big Bend last week. How do I check for damage. I thought the Heat Pump would work but below 40 degrees it shut off I think. Got the heater turned on now. Last night was below freezing, I'm concerned about damage.

Sorry not meaning to hijack this thread. I'm still learning .

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First a question… Though it got down to 26°F, how long did it stay that cold? If it was all night, that's one thing, but if it was just an hour or so before dawn, that's something else altogether. It's not just the temperature, but the duration, that determines if your freshwater system freezes.

First thing, make sure the temperature is above freezing, and has been long enough for anything that might have been frozen to thaw. Then start up your pump, or connect to municipal water to put the system under pressure. Then trace all of your pipes wherever they can be made visible, and check for evidence of water where it's not supposed to be.

If you have damage, you'll have leaks. That's what ice does, it expands and breaks pipes and fittings. Corollary, no damage means no leaks.
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It has been below freezing all night and forecast to remain below for two or three days.
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