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Old 12-02-2013, 10:54 PM   #21
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Toolman is setting himself up for a "Solera Convention." I'm planning on stopping by next summer (August) while on our Alaska Caravan. We'll probably depart the caravan for a couple of days to visit. Toolman lives in the part of Alaska that everyone MUST visit - Denali Park! And hoping to return the hospitality when he comes to the lower 48 next winter!
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:22 AM   #22
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Probably a stupid question, but here goes. We are heading to Austin on Friday and Saturday is looking to be very cold (35 degrees). Does the furnace use propane if hooked up to campground electric? In Charleston when it got chilly, we just used the heat pump and it did fine ... but thinking if he gets real cold, we might want to use the actual furnace, especially to keep the dogs warm down on the floor when we aren't in the unit.

We have a portable heater that we are taking this time to use when we are there on the floor ... but don't want to run that when we are away.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:39 AM   #23
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Probably a stupid question, but here goes. We are heading to Austin on Friday and Saturday is looking to be very cold (35 degrees). Does the furnace use propane if hooked up to campground electric? In Charleston when it got chilly, we just used the heat pump and it did fine ... but thinking if he gets real cold, we might want to use the actual furnace, especially to keep the dogs warm down on the floor when we aren't in the unit.

We have a portable heater that we are taking this time to use when we are there on the floor ... but don't want to run that when we are away.
Stupid Question? Since when?

Most furnaces use propane (I say "Most" because some new rigs have ultra-modern "Fireplaces" that use electricity) In all
likelihood, your furnace uses propane so top the tanks off

Wal Mart & Other on-line places sell oil fin heaters & enclosed Ceramic heaters. My experience is with the Oil Heaters: The fin edges are cool to the touch, if they get tipped over they shut off (thinking pets here) have a thermostat (so they also work at keeping the interior of the unit above freezing when stored (and connected to shore power)

The Wal Mart Ceramic ones I have seen are @ $30. The oil heaters more expensive @ $75 - but they are also designed to work heating larger spaces:

Amazon.com - DeLonghi TRD0715T Safeheat 1500W Portable Oil-Filled Radiator with Vertical Thermal Tunnels
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:15 AM   #24
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Probably a stupid question, but here goes. We are heading to Austin on Friday and Saturday is looking to be very cold (35 degrees). Does the furnace use propane if hooked up to campground electric? In Charleston when it got chilly, we just used the heat pump and it did fine ... but thinking if he gets real cold, we might want to use the actual furnace, especially to keep the dogs warm down on the floor when we aren't in the unit.

We have a portable heater that we are taking this time to use when we are there on the floor ... but don't want to run that when we are away.
Debbie, I have a 2011 24S. The furnace runs off propane/12v dc (for blower) regardless if you are hooked up to campground electric or not. Don't have a heat pump so can't answer that. (if it is a question).
The downside of using the furnace is that it consumes your propane fairly quickly (maybe overnight..don't really know). Like you, we use a small electric heater to heat with but won't leave it running when gone.

Have fun in Austin..
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Probably a stupid question, but here goes. We are heading to Austin on Friday and Saturday is looking to be very cold (35 degrees). Does the furnace use propane if hooked up to campground electric? In Charleston when it got chilly, we just used the heat pump and it did fine ... but thinking if he gets real cold, we might want to use the actual furnace, especially to keep the dogs warm down on the floor when we aren't in the unit.

We have a portable heater that we are taking this time to use when we are there on the floor ... but don't want to run that when we are away.
If you're hooked up to 110V at campground, it will keep the battery charged to run the furnace fan, so battery shouldn't be a worry. But if you leave the coach and don't want to run the elec. heater, you have two choices!!! Either let the coach cool down, or use up some propane.

Becky and I camped in 25 degrees last month in VA mountains. We hung a comforter from the loft to seal off the cab so we didn't have to heat it, and ran the elec heater, and used an electric blanket on the bed. Worked GREAT - we were snug as a bug in a rug! Some of the best sleeping imaginable! Becky had also replaced the OEM loft curtain with one she made, and used insulated material for the backing, so we weren't heating the loft, either. We couldn't bring the slide in (Murphy bed!), but at night on your S you might bring the slide in so you don't have to heat the extra area!

If we're leaving the coach unattained, we just turn everything off, then when we get back we run the furnace AND the electric heater and it's surprising how quickly the coach warms up. Course, if you feel like you need to have a warm coach when you return, that's out!

But your heat pump should be good down to around 35 degrees - maybe less effective, but it will still put out some heat!
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We have a small electric heater that we use most of the time when camping to save on LP, we only use thee rigs heater if we need to warm things up faster.
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Thanks y'all

I appreciate it. Guess we will use the heat pump while we are gone from the coach and then, if we need to, put on the electric heater and the furnace when we return. I'll put some blankets down for the pups in their beds so they can make a nice cozy nest. We probably won't be gone from the coach that long in Austin (visiting son and daughter in law). But, will be gone for about 8 hours in Houston on Tuesday for work. However, I think it is going to be warmer by then anyway.

Thanks and I now know the furnace uses propane, a question I have wondered, but never asked.
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I appreciate it. Guess we will use the heat pump while we are gone from the coach and then, if we need to, put on the electric heater and the furnace when we return. I'll put some blankets down for the pups in their beds so they can make a nice cozy nest.
Sounds like a plan!!
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I wish our puppies would use a bed of their own, but no way they have to sleep with mom and dad. Damn bed hogs.
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I wish our puppies would use a bed of their own, but no way they have to sleep with mom and dad. Damn bed hogs.
Ours sleep with us as well, but only when we are in the bed in the Solera. The older one can't jump up to it and the younger one is a woose and wants to be picked up and put on the bed!
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