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Old 11-16-2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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It's 30 degrees outside and I went out to the Airstream to try out the heat function of the air conditioner. Although it is putting out warm air, it's just that....warm. Definately not even close to anything I'd call hot! So how warm should it be? I shut it off and came inside but maybe I'll go out with a thermometer and turn it on again. Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:41 PM   #2
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Do you have an airconditioner with a heat strip or a heat pump?A heat pump only is effect down to about 39 degrees. The heat strip will put out some heat but usually used just to take the chill off-it doesn't really get hot.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:43 PM   #3
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At 30 the heat strip is pretty useless. As lynn said, it's only good for taking the chill off on a morning in the 40s.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:49 PM   #4
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Not sure what I have. It's a '76 Soveriegn. As far as I know it's the original air conditioner.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:55 PM   #5
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The heat pump will not be too efficient at those temps. As mentioned above, it stops being practical in the low 40s/high 30s. And the heat it puts out will never feel "hot"... You need to switch to the furnace to get strong heat output...and to keep your tanks warm. You can also use a catalytic heater (propane...open a window or vent) or electric space heater, but be aware that neither of those will direct heat to the tanks.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:18 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. We have a ventless, 20,000 BTU propane heater (using it in the house now) which we'll put in it when we move in. Then only use the furnace when it's cold enough to freeze the tanks or pipes. We plan to live in it full time beginning in the spring. Maybe sooner. We'll be stationary or (maybe) move it once a year. It's going to be an adventure that's for sure but we've had adventures before :-)
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I'd be careful with that ventless propane heater. It may be OK in a house, but in the close confines of an Airstream, it may be a problem. Even in a house I thought they came with a disclaimer that it shouldn't be used as the sole source of heat- indicating that using it that much may be problematic in a house. I think you'd want anything with a flame to be vented.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:17 PM   #8
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Hi Wayne&Sam, Thanks for the warning. Yup, it's like an unvented catylitic heater in that you have to have an open vent, cracked window or some source of air for it. I understand you can buy an oxygen depletion sensor which goes off like a smoke alarm and I'll look for one of those before we use it. I do have full timing friends who have used one in an AS for years.
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some time ago I did a thread --Heaters,heaters,heaters. was the name of it. I tested a number of heat producing devises.
I'ld provide the link to the thread but I'm not learned in that arena.
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I've got one of these: MR. HEATER - America's Most Popular Brand of Portable Heaters

Works good inside the house and has on oxygen depletion sensor to shut it off. I use it in front of the fireplace, so oxygen is not an issue.
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Old 11-17-2008, 04:09 PM   #12
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Temp was in the 40's today and the electric heater (is this a heat pump?) got things up to the high 60's in about 45 minutes. I had the fan on medium and the temp felt much warmer at the outlet than it did the other day.
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