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Old 12-01-2011, 06:36 AM   #15
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For me, it's a no brainer to use the heat pump and small electric space heaters instead of paying the propane man when electric service is available as part of the cost of space/rent.

Yes, the noise is bothersome; but as I pretty much do in the summer, I just leave the fan on low all the time as a white noise. When the compressor actually kicks in is not for me, bothersome that way.

The worst thing about the heat pump is a cold floor as I have a wood floor instead of carpeting. Sure is a lot better though, than sitting in the furnace blast of the factory heater/furnace where the duct empties directly onto the gaucho/front of the living space..............God bless......Dennis
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:21 AM   #16
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We have used Lucy's heat pump extensively in cooler weather. We have found that as the outside temperature approaches the freezing mark, the heat pump quits working. Then we switch over to the gas furnace.

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Brian,

So maybe it really does work....somewhat? Maybe!

It's back on this morning, sunny bright no wind or rain.

Should do well as it warms up a little.

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:29 AM   #17
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We use the heat pumps (2) to take the edge off, especially in the AM. I couldn't take the noise level at night and prefer to run the furnace when I'm sleeping.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:53 AM   #18
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I agree with those that prefer to take advantage of the electricity paid for with a full hook-up spot. Along with that, we use space heaters when connected as well.

I too leave the blower fan on low, and allow the compressor to cycle. The constant noise is much easier to deal with than the on/off cycle of the furnace for me.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:22 AM   #19
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Also why would a heat pump in heat mode be any louder than the unit in cool mode?
That's what really concerns me. I haven't used the cooling yet because I just got the Airstream, but I have more use for cooling, living in the Southwest.
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Yes, the noise is bothersome; but as I pretty much do in the summer, I just leave the fan on low all the time as a white noise. When the compressor actually kicks in is not for me, bothersome that way.
That is an excellent suggestion! Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:41 AM   #21
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I don't live in my trailer and only camp in the very cold on occasion. I don't use the heat pump because it is very loud. If I was hooked up I would probably use it during the day (when we are gone) and then rely on the furnace in the evenings.

OFF topic here a bit, but this is my most critical point of an Airstream. The A/C is just too loud and obnoxious. My cousin has an Arctic Fox and his ducted system is as quiet as the one in my home. It is also efficient. My A/C unit is questionable at best and sounds like a jet. Like Paula has mentioned, the heat duct in the bathroom of my 25FB is a joke. The only way to heat the bathroom is to leave the door open and direct the hall vent toward the bathroom. All this for a $60K coach? I think they need to engineer a better system IMHO.
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:13 PM   #22
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I like to think of our Airstream as a traveler to out-of-the-way places, self-contained, no hookups but out into nature itself. (Although that is getting harder to do all the time.)

Nonetheless that is what its design is geared for, none of the trappings of the trailer park queen. It's for adventure travel. Would we really want it to have multiple slide outs, built-in generators, basement storage, and all that crap?

I still like what the old man said about his Airstream company, "no changes, just improvements". I think Bob Wheeler is carrying on that tradition.

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Why would I want to use the heat pump to warm my Airstream when it has a much quieter and more efficient furnace?
Electricity MUCH cheaper than propane ... even with generator ...
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