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Old 08-20-2016, 12:06 PM   #15
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I connect when needed especially for cold nights. It rides in a battery box in the truck bed or back of the trailer to save tongue weight. When needed, it sits on the ground near the trailer's battery box and plugs in to an Anderson Power connector I added. A sunny day with two 100w Renogy panels on the ground easily recharges all three batteries after a cold night.

Or as an alternative, move to Florida... ��
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Old 08-20-2016, 12:56 PM   #16
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Curious why you didn't just light the oven for warmth. Heats my rig quickly.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:18 PM   #17
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With regard to the Smoke alarm going off... I had that happen once when the battery was so low the fan in the furnace couldn't move enough air and the plastic duct hoses overheated. We were woken up by the alarm and could smell hot plastic.
If it happens again check your battery voltage
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:32 PM   #18
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Select "Heat"

Your owners manual should have all this in it.

Did the dealer walk you through the operation of everything before you took off?

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Old 08-20-2016, 02:26 PM   #19
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39 lets see my temp dosent go past 60 that's long sleeve hoodie stuff in Flordia
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:55 PM   #20
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Tampatomgirl,

That oven warm up isn't too effective when you oven is a microwave! ;-)
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:40 PM   #21
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Curious why you didn't just light the oven for warmth. Heats my rig quickly.
Probably for the same reason you don't light the burners for heat.? Or is the oven safe?
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:53 PM   #22
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Nope. Dumps too much carbon monoxide into the rig. The heater is designed to exhaust deadly fumes outside, assuming it's in good repair.

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That's what I thought, thanks.
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:59 PM   #24
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Been there, done that. The furnace runs the battery to zero in about 1 hour. We were camping when our converter decided to fail and our battery was not recharging fast enough to keep up with the furnace motor despite being connected to shore power. The problem was that it went down to the upper 20's that night. We snuggled down, ran the furnace as long as we could, then crossed our fingers hoping we didn't have frozen water lines in the morning. The trailer stayed cozy and warm enough to get us to morning and we were out of there at sun up.

So - I bought a Camco portable catalytic heater and had an auxiliary connection installed to supply LP to the heater. Not cheap and it is only as a back up but it is ridiculous and dangerous to not have heat just because you don't have electricity. It does not require electric to run and it is safe to use inside. In the short term you can buy the Coleman catalytic heaters that run off the propane cartridges, they last about 4 hours each cartridge. We saw them used at a rally once and the owners said it was enough to keep them warm on nights that went down into the 40's
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:57 PM   #25
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Careful, the catalytic heaters do use up oxygen in the trailer, so you need good ventilation when using one. Even then I would not sleep with one burning.
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Nope. Dumps too much carbon monoxide into the rig. The heater is designed to exhaust deadly fumes outside, assuming it's in good repair.

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A properly functioning stove or oven does not produced carbon monoxide.
It produces carbon dioxide and water vapor .
Oxygen depletion(high co2 ratio) is the danger. Crack a window.

C3H8 + 5O2 = 3CO2 + 4H2O
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A decent blanket does wonders. We've already hit 34 here. We sleep with windows in the house open, comfy warm under our down.


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Never sleep in your coach without at least 1 window near your head opened slightly along with a roof vent slightly cracked. You get less condensation and it could save your life.
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