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Old 12-25-2015, 03:05 PM   #11
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Buddy heaters are great
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Old 12-25-2015, 03:26 PM   #12
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if you have a onboard generator why do run it and a few heaters, gas, fuel is low cost right now and your only going to use a few gallons so to me its a no brainer cost of a few gallons or replace what froze?
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Old 12-26-2015, 08:29 AM   #13
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FWIW Temperature cycling does more damage than sustained temperatures. For that reason once I was getting ready I'd get the MH above 40 deg or so and keep it there. Driving in a 30 deg cab is no fun and probably not safe do to frost problems. OTOH the few dollars in fuel will make the trip a lot more comfortable and the MH happier. It does not matter whether running electric or propane but I would be running the furnace. It works better than the rest of the methods mentioned.
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:50 AM   #14
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We had a 1 year old fridge go bad in our garage a couple of winters back,,,
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Old 12-26-2015, 12:22 PM   #15
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Thanks again for all the suggestions. Seems like the best options are to leave the LP heat on low over the night, or run the generator all night with the electric heat on. I think the LP heat is what I'll do ... LP gas is also pretty cheap right now and with my 30 (20+ usable) gallon tank should be able to last me several nights. Now I'm wondering if my 2 batteries will be able to run the blower over the "long" night as we have a tendency to stop early from our travels.
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Old 12-26-2015, 02:17 PM   #16
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Two charged batteries should easily run the furnace overnight. Two nights without charging are iffy for us. The chassis alternator should supply voltage to the coach batteries, keeping up with the usage while underway and to some extent recharging the coach batteries.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:07 AM   #17
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:51 AM   #18
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Just wanted to give an update based upon the feedback. I did leave the LP heater on during the drive and the first night in Burlington CO when it dropped to the low 20s. Never had a problem with the fridge -- stayed cold like it was suppose to and the freezer stuff stayed frozen, plus nothing in the MH froze. The dash heater was able to keep the MH warm enough while driving so the LP did not kick on. The one (Jan 5) night that I did leave the LP on (14 hrs) with around 45 temp setting (we stayed in a motel), it did run the batteries completely down (my Interstate batteries are about 3 years old and noticed that one of the batteries has been taking a lot of water so probably have a battery going bad -- they should have lasted the night but then the heater did have to run a lot). The second night did not drop below freezing so didn't use the LP heater. Spent about 5 nights (Jan 7 - 12) in Albuquerque plugged in where several nights dropped to the middle teens and the days into the middle to upper 30s -- darn cold! We did stay in the MH, unwinterized it and put water in the tank and was worried about keeping everything from freezing ... only used water from the holding tank as the hose would freeze up if I kept it connected. I kept the Artic Pac on and used a treble lights with 75w bulbs in both the wet bay and another in the fresh water tank/pump area. Also kept remote temperature sensors in both areas and never did fall below 42 degrees in either area ... so did not have any lines freeze. Used electric heaters inside (one in the back and one if the front) and did stay warm. The LP heater only came on a couple of times to assist when it dropped below 60 degrees and in the mornings when we quickly warmed the interior back up to 70 degrees. Learned a lot about how to keep things from freezing on this trip and now know it can be done to some real low temps (with my methods I can go below middle teens -- but why would one want to!?!). Also thought we left the cold behind us, but must have followed us south (thanks El Nino)! Now in Las Vegas for a month and nights still fall to the high 30s, but at least the days are high 50s/low 60s). Next year we'll try and leave earlier -- perhaps in the fall before it gets this cold!!

Thanks all for your help/suggestions ....
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