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Old 10-08-2016, 03:26 PM   #31
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Does the heater work off of only propane when you are plugged in on shore power or does it work on electricity? If it only and always works on propane, does anyone ever take a small space heater to use the "free" electricity of the campground instead of the propane that you have to pay for?
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:19 PM   #32
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Does the heater work off of only propane when you are plugged in on shore power or does it work on electricity? If it only and always works on propane, does anyone ever take a small space heater to use the "free" electricity of the campground instead of the propane that you have to pay for?
If you have the "Cool Cat" heat pump (built into air conditioner on some), that runs on only AC power, no propane, but is only effective down to a certain ambient temperature. The furnace requires both propane and electricity (either battery or AC hookup). If I had electrical hookup but it was too cold for Cool Cat to work, then yes, I would use an electric space heater. Another option when you don't have AC power and don't want to wear down the battery is to use a portable Mr. Buddy catalytic heater.
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Old 10-08-2016, 06:51 PM   #33
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Does the heater work off of only propane when you are plugged in on shore power or does it work on electricity? If it only and always works on propane, does anyone ever take a small space heater to use the "free" electricity of the campground instead of the propane that you have to pay for?
The Cool Cat runs off 120V AC. As pointed out, using it to heat with outside temps below 40 won't work, and may lead to part of the Cool Cat freezing up. The electronic thermostat that controls both heater and Cool Cat takes a very small amount of 12V DC.

The heater fan is a 12V DC fan that draws about 4 amps in operation. If your battery is good, it will run the heater for 2 nights (5 hrs run time per night) without taking the battery below 50%. I have 2 batteries to extend run time without hookups to 4 nights.

On our last trip to the Black Hills we had nights in the high 30s and low 40s. The thermostat was set at 60, and the fan ran about 3 hours each night (10 minutes on, 20 - 30 minutes off). The composite roof and sides, and much smaller volume of air make the heater pretty efficient compared to other campers.

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Old 10-08-2016, 08:24 PM   #34
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Does the heater work off of only propane when you are plugged in on shore power or does it work on electricity? If it only and always works on propane, does anyone ever take a small space heater to use the "free" electricity of the campground instead of the propane that you have to pay for?
The "heater" built into the camper is a propane furnace. It draws in fresh air to burn the propane within a heat exchanger and vents the exhaust. The heat exchanger in turn warms the inside air circulating across it within the furnace. The Coolcat air conditioner is a heat pump that can also heat the air within certain limits for outside temperature.

I do take an electric space heater with me and use it when I have electricity because it is quieter that either the Coolcat or the furnace. A standard 1500 watt heater is sufficient for most of that the weather throws at you. But if it is really cold, I'll fire up the furnace too for a quicker heat up the set the thermostat to 5 degrees below where I want the heater to hold the temperature.
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