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Old 11-12-2018, 05:46 AM   #1
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Newbie first time boondocking and heat question

I just purchased a 2016 Forester 3011class c. I am planning on tailgating this weekend and won't have access to electric. Temps are going to be in the 20s overnight. I will fill my 40lb propane tank and use that for the fridge and furnace. I will charge batteries on drive 6 hours and use my generator while parked. Will I have enough propane for two days? Will the batteries run the furnace overnight or will I need to also run the generator overnight? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 11-12-2018, 06:36 AM   #2
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If you are planning on running your generator, and you won’t be bothering others around you, why not use electric heat as much as you can? If you can’t do that, 40 pounds of propane should be enough for a weekend, especially if you are conservative with the temperature on your thermostat. You will still need to run your generator, at minimum, to keep your batteries charged, because the furnace will drain them pretty quickly. Depending on the condition of the batteries, there should be enough juice to keep your furnace going overnight.

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Old 11-13-2018, 06:34 AM   #3
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Yes propane and batteries should last. It will use propane fast but I got almost a week.

You need to use propane furnace to keep the water bay warm. Also you need isolate your outside shower. It is the first to freeze. Had to replace mine already.
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Thanks. Didn’t even think about outside shower. I was thinking that it has been drained and since I wasn’t going to use it, it would be ok. Do you have an idea of how to isolate in my rv. (Forester 3011ds)?
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Just returned from 2 days in the desert with lows about 28.
Used about 1/4 tank of propane for the heater, oven and furnace.
Just start the generator and run for an hour in the morning and an hour at night at least.
Batteries should be good (as log as they are in good shape) enough to start the generator in the morning. Mine are over 3 years old and do fine still.
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pick up a Mr. Heater and stay toasty with just propane no electric usage at all...
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If you use your house batteries to run the furnace and they go flat, the batteries may not crank the generator. If this happens, start the coach and idle for a bit to charge the house batteries so you can start the generator.
If you run your fridge on propane, it will alarm when batteries get low.
For a cheap monitor, crude but better than, nothing to monitor the batteries. Get a battery volt only meter that will plug into any 12 volt house socket, i.e. TV plug. The dash board power outlets get there power from the coach battery. It comes with a handy card and green, yellow, red lights.
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pick up a Mr. Heater and stay toasty with just propane no electric usage at all...


Have you had a lot of real-life experience using these indoors? I know they’re supposed to be safe but it makes me really nervous. I have one for use in my clam tent and it’s amazing...
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Have you had a lot of real-life experience using these indoors? I know they’re supposed to be safe but it makes me really nervous. I have one for use in my clam tent and it’s amazing...
I use one in my pottery studio and Works great. Keeps the studio warm and zero problems with air quality.
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Yes propane and batteries should last. It will use propane fast but I got almost a week.

You need to use propane furnace to keep the water bay warm. Also you need isolate your outside shower. It is the first to freeze. Had to replace mine already.
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I got the idea from this thread. Really easy to do.

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