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Old 09-28-2014, 08:59 AM   #1
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Heat for one or two cold nights...

On the last few nights of a trip from florida to NJ, there may be some chill. We purchased an Airstream that had the furnace removed from it and only has the AC strip heater.

We expect to have full hook ups everywhere, but just want to be prepared in case we don't. I'll have a 2,000 kw generator with us. I'll also have 60lbs of propane on board.

There will be 5 of us inside a 28' vintage airstream, I'm not sure how well insulated it is.

Should I pick up one of the catalytic heaters, or should I stay electric?
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:13 AM   #2
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Get a ceramic heater or two at Wally world. More efficient than a strip heater.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:17 AM   #3
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I'm looking at the Olympian Wave Heaters, they look like most people are happy with them. Anyone use one?
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:20 AM   #4
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You do not want to burn a catalytic heater in the trailer all night. They require quite a bit of fresh air. I use a catalytic heater directed at the sofa as a radiant heat source while watching tv but turn it off as soon as we leave that area of the trailer.

5 people is close to 2500 watts.

The heat strip will be more that enough. Keep in mind that capacity of your beaker panel before you start adding electric heaters.

I would suggest leaving the roof vents open at least an inch or so.
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You do not want to burn a catalytic heater in the trailer all night. They require quite a bit of fresh air. I use a catalytic heater directed at the sofa as a radiant heat source while watching tv but turn it off as soon as we leave that area of the trailer.

5 people is close to 2500 watts.

The heat strip will be more that enough. Keep in mind that capacity of your beaker panel before you start adding electric heaters.

I would suggest leaving the roof vents open at least an inch or so.

HowieE - do you use your roof vents to supply the fresh air when your using the catalytic heater?

Also why wouldn't you burn them all night? For fear of C02 issues or other?

Thanks for the help
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My vents are open year round. I never sleep with the cat. heater or the trailer heater on for safety reasons.

Yes a Cat heater requires fresh air for burning and safety.

The problem stopping on the road with an Airstream is it is a cold box and you are radiating to the aluminum skin. Convective heaters will not bring the trailer up to comfort level in any reasonable time. We travel till it is time to crawl into the sleeping bags.

If you still had the original heater in the trailer I would suggest stopping for dinner and running the heater them to take the chill off. Because of the construction material, aluminum, Airstreams are thermal sieve.
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Just buy a couple cheapo electric heaters from Walmart. Very small and easy to store. It can get cold in Fl also. Jim
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With 5 people there will be a lot of body heat to begin with. You will most likely have more of a condensation problem.
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Just buy a couple cheapo electric heaters from Walmart. Very small and easy to store. It can get cold in Fl also. Jim

Hmmm. Will this work for the northeast in November? Might not be enough.
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My vents are open year round.

Is that the heater air supply, or do you open up a window too?
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I've used small electric heaters in Ohio in Nov. temps at or slightly below freezing. Use a small slow speed fan to push the hear around. Kept temps at least in the sixtys inside. This is camping, you know! I have 1964 Avion, pretty much the same as an AS, but my insulation is fifty years old and it was still manageable inside. Will be in n Ohio in Oct for two weeks and then on to Falluminum in N Ga. We will be warm. Jim
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Thanks zigzag!!!
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I am also one of those who leave a vent cracked year round. Don't remember why, too old!! Jim
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From the research I did Lasko is the way to go. The cheapo's don't last very long, but this Lasko we bought is quiet and efficient and still going strong a year later. One other thing we did was to run a vent fan with the windows closed. Find where the air is coming in and use foam strips to plug the major leaks. That helped a lot in keeping the trailer warm in the winter.
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