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Old 04-09-2016, 10:15 AM   #1
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First time we camped in our new Pod, we needed the heat! Crazy weather. Turned on the furnace and the overhead unit came on. And we could feel the heat coming from under the bed. Curious why the overhead unit came on?

We are planning on camping without electric service. Can we still run the furnace and not have electric service to the Pod?


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Old 04-09-2016, 10:26 AM   #2
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Your furnace should run provided you have propane and 12V power

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Old 04-09-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
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You don't say what thermostat you have. If it is the Dometic, set it to auto, not hi or low and only the furnace fan will come on. The furnace fan and controls are all 12V so yes if you have propane you will have heat when not connected to shore power. One word of caution. The fan uses a reasonable amount of power so you will have to charge the batteries often depending on how much the furnace runs.

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Just remember, furnaces are the biggest consumers of your 12v battery power.

If you have a single 12v battery and no electric hookups, running the furnace all night can completely drain the battery by morning.

For dry camping or boondocking, you really need a minimum of two deep cycle batteries and a way of recharging them, either by generator or solar panels.

And don't expect your tow vehicle to recharge a drained battery. You would need to drive for hours to do that.
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