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Old 12-11-2014, 07:41 AM   #1
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Electric heater thoughts

Next month I will be in Williams Arizona for 5 nights. Elevation 6700 feet so very cold in January. Two of those night will actually be in the Grand Canyon and the Airstream in Williams empty. I was thinking about a small portable electric heater running while I was gone to keep it from freezing. I thought that may be more efficient than using the propane heater. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks

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Old 12-11-2014, 07:55 AM   #2
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Electric works fine....for the lines and fixtures ABOVE the floor. The tanks and dump valves will not be protected without the propane furnace pumping warm air to the pans.

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Old 12-11-2014, 07:58 AM   #3
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I agree with Rich,

We were in that area in one of the early years of Interstate ownership, Doug at Gunsite, and woke one morning to 18 degrees or so.

Our pipes had not frozen, but the outside water hookup did.

I would leave your furnace running at a modest temperature, and cabinet doors open, just to be safe.

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Old 12-11-2014, 08:09 AM   #4
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there is a post on the forum about winter at the canyon

When I winter camp, I drain and winterize. I use containers of water, a portipotti, and an oil filled electric radiator as backup. Is there somewhere with a shower you could use.

I was using a small electric heater a few weeks ago. The camper didn't get very warm, and the heater crapped out, perhaps it was overworked. The small heater worked well in 50 degree weather to take the chill out
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:27 AM   #5
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Hi, In really cold weather, I only use my furnace to protect my tanks. During the day, if not freezing cold, you could use an oil filled heater. The heat from the oil filled heater will warm up the thermostat, not allowing the furnace to work.
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