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Old 06-11-2009, 05:18 PM   #1
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Non-electric site Heat?

Hi to all! Welcome to another camping season!!

The place we are going to this weekend is a non-electric campsite. We were hoping for good weather but it does not look like we are going to have it.

My question is- can we run the furnace all night, for two nights? We have a 22Salem FBLE. I am suspecting that the lake we are camping at is going to fall below freezing both nights.

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Old 06-11-2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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At least one night with fully charged battery. Hopefully 2. Where the heck are you where it is still below freezing?
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:46 PM   #3
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Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. I guess that I should correct myself that it shouldn't be below freezing but the weather report is saying the high 30's. Our trailer has 2 batteries and two propane tanks. My husband says that we could probably get away with turning on the furnace before bed to heat it up and then setting the thermostat to 55 for the night and then turning it up again in the morning before until we get a campfire burning again. I am just wondering if this will work for two days? Anyone have any experience with this?
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:03 PM   #4
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Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. I guess that I should correct myself that it shouldn't be below freezing but the weather report is saying the high 30's. Our trailer has 2 batteries and two propane tanks. My husband says that we could probably get away with turning on the furnace before bed to heat it up and then setting the thermostat to 55 for the night and then turning it up again in the morning before until we get a campfire burning again. I am just wondering if this will work for two days? Anyone have any experience with this?
It might work as your husband intends as long as you turn down the thermostat at night. Take lots of blankets if you expect really cold temps and this will help. Most stock batteries used in RVs are poor in terms of Amp hours available. I would be very conservative and make sure to use only the power you really need. The furnace is a power hungry hog using lots of battery power so keep it's use to a minimum.

Where will you be camping? We love that area and my realatives live in Estacada not far from Mt Hood.

Have a great trip...
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:24 PM   #5
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We are going to Trillium Lake. I hear its beautiful, we've never been.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:26 PM   #6
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:37 PM   #7
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Wow, what an AWESOME picture! I am jealous!

We have camped at or near freezing in a small trailer with just one
12v battery. It always ran down in the middle of the 2nd night.
With 2 batteries and conserving as you say, you should be OK.
One tip is you can often remove one bulb from the lights you use
the most. IE, you can remove one bulb from the 2 bulb fixture over
the kitchen table. Same thing for the bathroom.
If you get in a bind on the last morning you can plug
in your tow vehicle and get a few hours out of that battery too.
Really. I've often plugged my truck back in to squeeze one more
night out of cold camping.

Enjoy your trip!!!
Tell us how it went when you get back to reality.
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Thanks Dan. We plan to spend the daytime hours out hiking and biking and have battery powered lanterns and touch lamps to use for light sources. Thanks for addressing my concerns!
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Beautiful scenery. I'd say its worth a cold night or 2. We need to retire to get to places like that sooner than later
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Beautiful scenery. I'd say its worth a cold night or 2. We need to retire to get to places like that sooner than later
Amen to that brother! Every trip we take the wife and I always say "we will be back when we retire" There are hundreds of beautiful spots like this here in the northwest and sooo much to see across our nation that it is just impossible to do what you want to do and see what you want to see in a typical 2 week vacation.

Tracie have a great trip, i'm jealous, wished we could be going too, wife just has too much to do for us to get away. sigh...........
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