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Old 02-06-2014, 04:12 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the input! It was very helpful and it made us think about the way we will be using our Airstream...In the end we decided to have just the regular air conditioner installed and we will get an electric heater to plug in on the days we need it and have electricity.

Any recommendations on heaters? Our camper is so small we really won't need too much power

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Old 02-06-2014, 04:42 PM   #16
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I use the heat pump when I'm hooked up for the same reason as everyone else. Propane hassle. I've gotten used to the noise. RE: heater. Also have one of the Dyson heaters. It is not cheap, but it really works well. Thermostat is accurate, it oscillates, and puts out an amazing amount of heat. Used it last week in FL when it was down in the 40's and it kept my 28' very comfortable.

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Old 02-06-2014, 06:38 PM   #17
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We like the oil-filled electric radiator heater for our Airstream in cool weather. Simply plug it in and turn it on, and it puts out three selections of silent heat on a thermostat. IIRC, it's 600, 1200, and 1800 watts.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:06 PM   #18
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A simple ceramic heater with an adjustable thermostat works fine ($30-$40) and can keep the trailer warm all night. Best of all they are very quiet (without fan).
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:35 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by mojo View Post
Only if it comes with ear plugs...

Never use it.

I installed a separate electric heater, which is quiet. I never use the heat pump.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:40 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Ornstream View Post
Any recommendations on heaters? Our camper is so small we really won't need too much power
If you have the wall space for it, I recommend the King Electric pic-a-watt. It is permanently installed, and is therefore safer, since an installation location can be chosen where there are no hazards from curtains or other combustible materials coming in contact with it, and since the hazards with cords and plugs are eliminated.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:16 PM   #21
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Just spent several 26 degree nights camping. Ran a ceramic heater constantly with the heat pump on standby. Heat pump came on sporadically until about midnight, then furnace automatically came on once in a while until morning. Used very little propane and still had the tanks protected from freezing. Trailer was always comfortable.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:50 PM   #22
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Question: When the thermostat is set to Auto, will it switch back and forth from heat pump to furnace automatically?

Also, does the furnace only run on propane, or is there an option to use electricity when hooked up?

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Old 02-22-2015, 08:35 PM   #23
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The furnace uses propane to make heat, and 12V from the battery to run the fan, gas valve and thermostat.

We carry a portable heater like this:

WEST MARINE Portable Cabin Heater | West Marine

Compact, quiet, multiple heat & fan settings, durable. Made in Canada by Caframo.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:55 AM   #24
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One of the problems you will have with a heater is finding a circuit to plug it in where you can operate it on high. The AC unit already hhas the 20A circuit so putting a heater strip in the existing AC unit is about $60. The only other plug in my trailer that is rated for 20A is the microwave oven and that is a pain to get to just to plug in a heater. So a space heater is not necessarily an easy fix.

If you are wired for 50A then you may not have any problems.

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Old 02-24-2015, 08:49 AM   #25
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I can run my heat pump and plug in the space heater in to any plug in my 30 amp wired trailer. Been using both this winter at the same time and never had any problems. I have only used the gas heater a couple of times just to take the edge off for a few minutes.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:49 AM   #26
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We have an heat pump AC in our 2008 Classic 25fb. I don't really like it because it blows our a lot of cold air before the heat comes out.

My brother in law has an 2002 Class C and he bought one of the new Atwood roof AC, 15000btu, and when on heat pump the compressor runs first without the fans and when reaches the right temperature turns on the fan and your get warm air. Seems to work much better than my Dometic. Unfortunately the Atwoods don't offer a low profile unit and they will not work with the thermostat to control the furnace, AC and AC heatpump. The Atwood comes with a remote to turn on/off the system and adjust the temperatures.

I would get the heatpump AC just to keep the Airstream stock incase you want to sell it later.


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