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Old 11-02-2006, 12:53 AM   #1
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Camping World has a sale on Buddy Heaters.The specs on it say it will work to 6500' altitude. One of our favorite camp grounds is at 7000'. Will 500' make a difference? Why does the altitude make a difference? Probably a dumb question but I am not afraid to ask them.
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Old 11-02-2006, 03:16 AM   #2
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Neil,
The answer is a qualified maybe. I have a couple of those buddy heaters and they are a great product. The reason they supposedly won't work above a certain altitude has to do with the low oxygen shutoff sensor. I have heard of people using them up to 7500' then other people having issues with them at 6000'. I suspect that it has to do with the quality and adjustment of the actual sensor. Mine are some of the orginals so they were made in the USA and actually seem to be a bit better quality than the current ones. Also stay away from the Big Buddy, it has had a couple of recalls already.

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Thanks, Aaron. A PO removed the furnace from our '66 TW and installed a 3000 BTU Olympic heater in the rear bath. It isn't quite effective especially up in the front. However, we have had furnaces in our SOBs and it was rarely used. But when the furnace was used we were glad we had it. With that in mind we think perhaps a Buddy on sale may be justified to the price of a full furnace.
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