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Old 11-26-2013, 06:01 PM   #1
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RV in storage, can i leave coach heat on?

I'm using my coach over the holiday, but it's bitterly cold here now and colder tonight. My unit is in storage and I want to leave the coach heater on, can I do this ?? It will be burning propane... Or is NOT an good idea??
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You could do it but your furnace will draw your battery's down pretty quick
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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Even if unit is plugged into. 110v? Or should I use the heat strips ?
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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The heater on propane is a gas hawg, I learned it the hard way. Get an oil filled heater from wally world for 40 bucks and it works like a charm.
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If its plugged in or generator running you should be fine
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:07 PM   #6
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I second the oil filled heater. If you are plugged into a 20 amp, (and not using ANY OTHER APPLIANCES ON ELECTRIC) use a 1500 watt for main part of RV (pulls 12.5 amps) and use a small 400-500 watt oil filled (3-4 amps) in the bathroom. The small one in the bathroom will keep the bathroom toasty. Put the frig on propane if you have to.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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I was just concerned about using the heater/propane etc with coach inside storage facility. Just wanted to keep it somewhat mild temp wise until tomorrow afternoon!
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:23 AM   #8
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If its plugged in or generator running you should be fine
Where will the heat come from if it's plugged in or generator running?
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I was just concerned about using the heater/propane etc with coach inside storage facility. Just wanted to keep it somewhat mild temp wise until tomorrow afternoon!
I don't see a problem with running the heater inside the storage facility especially for a couple of days. The problem with running the heater is that it will go through your propane bottle really fast. I went through my 24.5 gallon tank in a little over a week. I set it to 50 for about 4 days, and since my wife is cold blooded and wanted to organize the inside, I turned it up to 65 and a couple days later it was empty. I went and got an oil filled and cranked it to max overnight with temps below freezing and the next morning it was nice and toasty inside the coach. I then dialed it back and it kept it warm. I'm going to store if that way for the winter.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:58 AM   #10
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Lets do the math, 1 gal of Lp is 91,500 btus, Your furnace is usually 30,000btu per hr full flame so if your furnace BURNS for 3 hours you will use approx 1 gallon of gas. A full 20# cylinder holds 4 gallons, 30# 7 gallons and a 40# 9.25 gallons. Keep in mind if you keep the tstat low it will not burn as much. If you store it inside a building it exhausts co the owner may or may not appreciate you doing that.
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