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Old 10-25-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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Staying warm

We are taking our maiden voyage to Petaluma this November in our recently purchased 2012 FC. Our site has full hook-ups but with overnight temps in the mid 40's, I'm worried about keeping the inside warm for the wife and kids. What temperature can I expect to hold inside and besides the electrical heat, is there anything else we should consider? Sorry but this is our first time and I'm a bit nervous to say the least.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:28 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Hi, your propane furnace could almost cook you out of your trailer. We use a small oil filled heater and the furnace. I set my thermostat at, from 66 to 72 degrees. I also have a heat strip, but seldom use it. Mainly the oil filled heater is noiseless.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:41 AM   #3
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This is music to my ears. My wife is the first to get cold so I wanted to make sure we'd be ok throughout the night. When you set your furnace at 68, how much propane can you expect to go thru overnight? Thank you for answering my questions.
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This is music to my ears. My wife is the first to get cold so I wanted to make sure we'd be ok throughout the night. When you set your furnace at 68, how much propane can you expect to go thru overnight? Thank you for answering my questions.
Hi, propane usage is hard to figure. I have about 14 gallons [2 - 30 lb tanks. We went out on two trips for about 1 month total in cool weather and used 11.3 of it. In warm weather we can make one tank last about a year; Or about two months actual camping. One trip it was down to zero with a high of 27 degrees and went through two tanks in about one week. We had the water heater and furnace on 24/7.
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Ok perfect. So I'm thinking we should be ok for 5 nights of camping and if need be all we have to do is fill up our tanks. Once again thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Safe travels
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You'll be fine. It was 28 overnight here in Northampton, Mass. I was snug and warm. As robertsunruss says, a small oil-filled electric and your furnace will be fine at that mild temperature. I close off the front end at night, turn the furnace down to 50, and just leave the oil-filled on back BR warmth. Works fine.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:37 AM   #8
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Hi, your propane furnace could almost cook you out of your trailer. We use a small oil filled heater and the furnace. I set my thermostat at, from 66 to 72 degrees. I also have a heat strip, but seldom use it. Mainly the oil filled heater is noiseless.
What kind of oil filled heater would you recommend and where would I find one? Thank you.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:49 AM   #9
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Lionel,

Aside from the refrigerator, I think the furnace is my favorite appliance in the trailer. We just got back from a 5 week trip down and back from the Alberquerque balloon festival. While in Winnemucca, NV it got down to 20 degrees. We set the thermostat at 50 and went to bed. I personally like it "cool" at night and can sleep much better under the covers than if it were 70 degrees in the coach.

You won't run out of propane if you are just going to be out a week or so. This will be a great time to monitor your tanks and watch the switch over valve. To save propane you can use the heat pump, if you have one and I think you probably do. We never use this because it is very loud. I have heard of those who will turn it on while away from the trailer and then switch back to the furnace when they return. We never bother since it doesn't take very long to heat up things using the furnace.

I don't like the idea of space heaters, especially if it is very cold outside. The furnace also sends heat down into the holding tank area which helps prevent the freezing of water lines. If it is really cold, running the heat pump and a space heater will keep the trailer warm but will not help the plumbing. I use the furnace and don't worry about packing an extra heater around. Works for me.
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We spent a week last winter on the Florida Panhandle with temps dipping into the lower 40's and upper 30's. We used a small ceramic electric space heater and kept plenty warm. We may have used the furnace a couple of times just to knock off the morning chill.
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What kind of oil filled heater would you recommend and where would I find one? Thank you.
Hi, this is what I use and consider it the best for a trailer. You can find these at several stores or at Amazon.
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I suggest an electric oil filled heater.....but

#1 Use the furnace too, even though it is noisy

#2 position electric heater away from the thermostat, keep it on low

#3 The furnace helps keep the humidity down. Humans breathe out up to a gallon a day. Showers add moisture too.

#4 The electric heater will be a good backup in case the furnace cuts out because you ran out of propane, or if the furnace has a problem.

#5 If you want to play it safe....crack a window....just in case of a CO2 issue.

#6 Sleeping bags are a good safety back up.

You will be very warm. Body heat will warm a camper a bit too. Don't sweat it. ( pun intended )
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#6 Sleeping bags are a good safety back up.
If you want to sleep warm, get yourself a Mylar space blanket, and spread it out, UNDER your mattress. It will reflect body heat back up at you, keeping you and the mattress warmer. Old tent-camper's trick.
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:01 AM   #14
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Thank you all very much for your help and suggestions. This is my first post on the forum and I already feel like part of a family. Safe travels to you all.
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