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Old 12-10-2003, 07:43 AM   #15
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I have a '74 Tradewind (25') and I avoided winterizing last winter by hooking up to a 100lbs tank. I only used the furnice (no cooking or refer) and left the hot water heater pilot lit.

Outside temps in January were around the mid twenties at night and mid 30's to 40's during the day. I put a digital thermistat in the Airstream and set it at 60.

I used a 100lbs tank every three weeks. It was very consistant from January through Febuary. I don't know how this may apply to you.

I will say that I decided to take everyones' advice this year and winterize the trailer. It only took about twenty minutes and is a whole lot easier, and cheaper, that lifting a 100lbs tank in and out of my truck every three weeks.

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Old 12-10-2003, 10:22 AM   #16
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I'm assuming that the concern on propane usage for running the furnace would be for those camping where there are no hookups (electricity) provided.

But, if you winter camp at a Site that provides electric hookup, wouldn't some sort of electric space heaters enable you to conserve on your propane?

I'm speaking of the radiant type of space heaters, such as:

oil radiator heater


There are several different brands of these and there is no exposed heating coils or wires to worry about.

Depending on the size of trailer, I would think one would do an entire trailer. When I lived in South Florida, I bought one of these for a girl friend that lived on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. She lived in an older apartment building that didn't have central heat. Even in Ft. Lauderdale, the temperatures will drop into the 30's at night and only go up to the low 50's during the day, during their 3 weeks of winter. One of these did her apartment pretty well. The living room area, anyway. At night, she would unplug it and put it in her bedroom
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Old 12-10-2003, 10:33 AM   #17
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NDS,

Those type of heaters are great to heat the air. If you do not run the furnace though you will have frozen tanks. That would be bad

If you used the oil style heater during the day when temps were above freezing to reduce consumption that would work, but I would be a bit leery of relying on it to keep the trailer warm enough to prevent tank freezing.
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Old 12-10-2003, 10:36 AM   #18
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NDS,

Those type of heaters are great to heat the air. If you do not run the furnace though you will have frozen tanks. That would be bad

So, using the furnace has a "two-fold" purpose, not only warming the trailer but also providing heat to the pipes and tanks?

Didn't think about that...
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So, using the furnace has a "two-fold" purpose, not only warming the trailer but also providing heat to the pipes and tanks?

Didn't think about that...
Yes. Running auxiliary heaters, or setting the thermostat low, may not let the furnace run frequently and long enough to supply sufficient heat to the tanks and pipes to keep them from freezing.
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