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Old 04-24-2015, 11:36 PM   #1
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30' FC: Is one furnace enough in cold weather?

As Arizona residents, we don't often think much about furnaces, though it can get very cold in the high elevation parts of the state, in winter.

As we await delivery of our 2016 30FC, I'm wondering how we might expect our new airstream (2 heat pump/ACs and 1 furnace) to do in cold weather.

Does the single furnace keep the place comfy in cold weather?

Do any of you airstreamers feel the need to use auxillary space heaters in cold climates?

Should we expect the two rooftop heat pumps and one furnace to be all we might need when visiting places in cold temps? (We don't plan to spend any time in the snow, in the Airstream.)

Many thanks, on advance, for your thoughts.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:57 PM   #2
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I cannot speak for the 30' units as we only have a 28'. But that said, we have used ours in some really cold weather here in Canada and the furnace is more than enough. I'm sure the cooler weather that you get at higher elevations in AZ will not be an issue.
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Old 04-25-2015, 06:56 AM   #3
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Works fine in the previous 30' we had, in the new one, same furnace we have not camped in cold weather and honestly have no intention of doing so.

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Old 04-25-2015, 07:12 AM   #4
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If you have enough propane, then you have enough heat. Jim
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Old 04-25-2015, 07:38 AM   #5
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The furnace is plenty even in low teen temps. As said the problem would be propane over several days of such low temps. When connected to external power we use a Dyson Hot space heater (quiet, even heat) in cold temps (on right now as we sit here southern Minnesota visiting family).
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Juspt remember at below freezing temps the furnace will force air to your tanks to keep them from freezing, an electric heater will not. Those Dyson heaters are great, are on our wish list. Jim
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Advice from a desert backpacker, and northerner.

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I find the furnace too noisy. I turn it on for a while before I go to bed, which heats the camper, and open bedding.
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We have a '12, 30 ft, FC and have camped in the low 20's. Furnace did fine. You should have no problems. In temps that low, be sure the outside hoses, etc, are taken care of. Good luck.
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I have also looked at the Dyson Heater at different times. I'm just not sure where we would store it while not being used? Considering a heater is not something we use a lot, a good storage point would be sort of mandatory.
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Thank you, all, for the comments.

I think we will pick up the Dyson to reduce consumption of propane when shore power is available. I don't expect we will encounter lows much below 40 when we're Airstreaming.

If outdoor temps are going to be anywhere near freezing, we will most certainly head to warmer climates or beat a path back to Scottsdale.
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I have also looked at the Dyson Heater at different times. I'm just not sure where we would store it while not being used? Considering a heater is not something we use a lot, a good storage point would be sort of mandatory.
Would it fit under the rear queen bed?
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We mostly use our heat pump on either end of our 31' classic,below 40 degrees the furnace runs
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Would it fit under the rear queen bed?
it might i will have to go to the store and measure one.....
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it might i will have to go to the store and measure one.....
23" x 8" x 8" - it would seem that it should easily fit under the bed, but I don't know for sure.
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