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Old 12-12-2012, 11:47 PM   #21
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Come on up. Susan. It's still wet and mild (45 F today, with some afternoon sunshine). The weather folks aren't predicting any freezing overnight lows in the near future. Deception State Park is really nice (north end of Whidbey Island). Since it's an SP, it might might not be open. There are a couple of commercial CG's close by. Pioneer Trails is just off SR20 after it swings south to go to Whidbey Island. Fidalgo Bay Resort, run by the Swinomish Tribe, is on the shore of Fidalgo Bay just west of where the SR20 Spur goes towards Anacortes. The tribe also has a CG at its casino/hotel property as you approach Anacortes from I-5. It's just ater you go over the big double bridge. Both tribal sites are a bit flat, side-by-side sites, but the scenery is great.

A friend of mine, facing layoff from Boeing. got an interview with 3M. He asked the interviewer about the winter weather. The reply was, "Well, it gets down to about -40F, but it's dry cold." My friend's response was "Water freezes at 32F and from there on down it's immaterial." He didn't go to work in Minneapolis!
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:18 PM   #22
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Incredible photo, I feel like printing it and telling folks thats our rig in the pic! LOL!!! Head due south in a straight line and after a 1000 miles or bout 1650K you should get above 50F every day. Only my guess since I'm in Western New York State. Hey, how long does your propane last? Or do you use electric heaters?
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:01 PM   #23
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Incredible photo, I feel like printing it and telling folks thats our rig in the pic! LOL!!! Head due south in a straight line and after a 1000 miles or bout 1650K you should get above 50F every day. Only my guess since I'm in Western New York State. Hey, how long does your propane last? Or do you use electric heaters?
Thank you Sherman for the compliment!
The propane question is an excellent one! Short answer is dunno! Real answer is that there are so many factors - how much you run the furnace, what else you are doing that uses propane (stove, oven, water heater). First I should admit that I like it warm - 70 is a good temperature. Yes we have small children but honestly? I'm the one who gets chilled.

We've heard the rule of thumb that our generator burns a gallon an hour gasoline. I don't know that to be true and frankly can't think of any nifty way to check it out short of myth buster style rigging up a separate tank sort of thing. Running the electric heaters with the generatory gooing seems like it wouldn't be as efficient or cost effective but that's a guess.

We don't tend to stay at places with electrical hook ups on the road towards our next destination. Walmart parking lot is pretty typical. So what we are doing is running the furnace - no generator going and relying on the batteries to provide electricity for the blower. We replaced our batteries at the end of last winter (March?) because they weren't lasting the night and now all is good. Last winter we filled the propane tank once a trip - topped off - because frankly I would much rather carry a full tank in winter than an all but empty one. The first fill it was all but empty (had been using it all summer). The next times were topping it off. - Two week trip and not all used, some of that time not in freezing cold.

I should mention too that we do use the oven probably almost daily - baking bread, cooking dinner, making bacon in the morning etc.

ONe issue is that if you are using the electrical heaters, the furnace is not heating the underbelly. There is a nifty modification (with some pictures) posted elsewhere on this forum on how to have the furnace fan work even when the furnace is off - which then would circulate the warmed air to the underbelly via the existing ductwork.

I have also seen cautions elsewhere on this site about too much current being run through the RV wiring and outlets getting toasted. Has anyone had those issues with electric heaters?
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