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Old 12-26-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Electric heater? Propane furnace? Or both?

we're in the process of renovating our '53 flying cloud and it is currently down to the bare bones.
We anticipate bringing it up to the New York area next winter (work related, not by choice) and are trying to decide if we should install a furnace or just rely on a plug in electric space heater for the cabin.
We plan on using tank heaters and insulating to the 9's. Will an electric space heater suffice? Should we just use a furnace? Both?
We plan on staying through till the summer so it will need to be a long term solution.

Any advice for how we can prepare for cold weather living in this early stage of renovating would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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we're in the process of renovating our '53 flying cloud and it is currently down to the bare bones.
We anticipate bringing it up to the New York area next winter (work related, not by choice) and are trying to decide if we should install a furnace or just rely on a plug in electric space heater for the cabin.
You will need a furnace because an electric heater won't provide enough heat for the climate there.
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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Yes, you will need a regular furnace. It gets very cold in NYS.
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:57 PM   #4
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Our '66 TradeWind seems comfortable with 2 ceramic heaters down to around 20 degrees if the wind isn't more than 10 MPH or so. Windier or much colder and you will be cold. The rear area needs to be sealed off from air infiltration somehow and for more than 1 night of this temperature range I would recommend draining the plumbing and using more primitive methods. The water pump doesn't like ice chunks or slushy water.

If you opt to run a propane furnace, be prepared for a lot of usage in the winter. We can use up a 30 lb tank of propane in 2 days if the temp drops below 20.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:46 PM   #5
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We have camped in weather for days when it got down to +7 during the nighttime hours.
2 1,500 electric heaters kept us warm in a 26' Argosy.
You will need the furnace if you have any hopes of keeping the tanks warm.
The problem you will have along with keeping the waste tanks warm enough is keeping the dump valves from freezing. Both the valves are in the trunk. If it is like my 26'. The BW handle is I'm the trunk. The GW handle is just forward of the sewer outlet on the left side. But the valve is inside of the trunk.
As long as you keep the coach at a reasonable temp inside. I believe the FW tank will be OK. Especially if you chose to fill the FW every day or so..
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