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Old 11-28-2012, 09:44 AM   #21
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We took "Rocko" out this past weekend. L.M., as you indicated it got pretty cold. We ran the furnace with the windows and vent cracked a smidgen. I do this as much for my wife's sake as she feels a tad uncomfortable with the unit completely sealed up. I guess I'm willing to sacrifice a few BTU's for peace of mind.

I don't think the camper got too cold with the above concessions. I noticed it was much warmer in the front of the trailer near the furnace. There seemed to be a cold draft coming from the "Cool Cat" (maybe I need to check for the holes that "cleancut" reported.).

"cleancut": Do the holes have any provisions for filters?

BTW. It was a great outing. Nothing like a cold day to make one appreciated moving from a Tent to an A Frame!
Good deal! I like to think of my camper as a "4-season" unit. Coming from the tent, this climate control thing has me plain giddy. It could be our climate down here, but honestly, I can handle the cold waaaaaay better than the heat. Humidity is da debil. Our camper will see more storage from June-August than the rest of the year. We are already planning our New Years trip/celebration.

Yeah, I'm gonna have to go looking for these AC holes. Just when you think you've got a handle on things. I didn't even know there was a filter for the Cool Cat either. Time to read up a little I suppose.

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Old 11-28-2012, 11:43 AM   #22
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We took "Rocko" out this past weekend. L.M., as you indicated it got pretty cold. We ran the furnace with the windows and vent cracked a smidgen. I do this as much for my wife's sake as she feels a tad uncomfortable with the unit completely sealed up. I guess I'm willing to sacrifice a few BTU's for peace of mind.

I don't think the camper got too cold with the above concessions. I noticed it was much warmer in the front of the trailer near the furnace. There seemed to be a cold draft coming from the "Cool Cat" (maybe I need to check for the holes that "cleancut" reported.).

"cleancut": Do the holes have any provisions for filters?

BTW. It was a great outing. Nothing like a cold day to make one appreciated moving from a Tent to an A Frame!
As an alternative to the camper's NG heater, I purchased this ceramic heater at Lowes when they closed them out after last winter. It's a great way to heat the camper and save gas if you have electricity. It's very quiet too.

Shop Lasko 2-Heat Ceramic Tower Electric Space Heater with Remote Control at Lowes.com
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:36 PM   #23
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I think the holes referred to are in the drain built into the plastic drip pan the Cool Cat sits in. The pan catches any condensation from the A/C and lets it drain outside. There's another drain just like it in the floor of the refrigerator control area in case any water gets in through the grilles that cover it. Unless the design has changed, that's how it is in my early 2011 model.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:48 PM   #24
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I dont leave a window cracked for the purpose of running the furnace...my CO detector should alert me to oxygen issues...my unit so far has been really snug, dry and warm. Weve been in some pretty hard cold rain with no problem. The only time I noticed daylight cracks was the time my unit was not completely level side to side..because its not one.solid.piece the tendency for the bidy to torque is greatly increased.

My first hint that its not level side to side is watching hiw well the dutch door catches together. The first few time I used the trailer, I bent the snot out of the right corner seams door halves come together and slightly overlap. Anothr sign the it is not level side to side is when the roof latch is harder to secure on one corner than the others..and this is the only times I have noticed daylight crack. DH says I should not bully the latch up...the trailer design will never be stable like a one piece traditional travel trailer & advises/reminds me to level all the way around....dont know if this will help others, but it has worked for me.
I did the same thing to my door and it pisses me off every time I look at it!
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:40 AM   #25
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If I'm reading correctly, it seems like a number of people use the furnace instead of the heat pump. Is there a reason for that?

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Old 12-05-2012, 02:31 PM   #26
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I'm just guessing here but, they are either camping in really cold climates or they are "boon docking" (primitive camping) without electricity available. Even with electricity available, you need to use the gas furnace when the overnight temps are expected to dip below 42 degrees. The heat pump does not heat at lower temps than that.

It would be nice if the gas furnace could be set to automatically over-ride the heat pump at a certain temperature...ah, only in the perfect world.

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Ok thanks. I wondered if it was due to colder temps. Mostly I was curious if there was a reason to use the furnace over the heat pump at all times, not just when the heat pump wouldn't keep up.

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Old 12-05-2012, 02:45 PM   #28
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I would use the heat pump when the temps are only a little bit code and the electricity is free.

We boon dock almost exclusively. In my TT, soon to be replaced with an FR Solera, I set the furnace to 55, the lowest that it will go. I do not yet know what I will do after the Solera arrives.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:16 PM   #29
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If I'm reading correctly, it seems like a number of people use the furnace instead of the heat pump. Is there a reason for that?

Thanks,

Ryan

Actually, the heat pump is not even supposed to be able to come on if the temperature is below 40 +/-2deg. according to one of the reference manuals I read (note the inside fan will run but not the compressor).

http://www.thorindustries.com/script.../get.php?id=50

WE camped a couple of weeks ago and the temperature dropped below 30 deg. F. I noticed that the Heat Pump quit cycling on as the outside temperature hit the low 40's. That furnace felt mighty good!
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:05 PM   #30
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My heat pump will work down to 38f, observed on two trips so I get exactly the -2 degrees.

On my unit the u it will cycle on, compressor will run for about 30 secs, then compressor shuts off below 38. Fan keeps running.

If forecast is below 38 for the night the ceramic heater gets switched in before bed.
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