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Old 12-24-2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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Propane versus Diesel

We seem to have the same issue as others with off-season camping and heating with propane.
We find that the propane heat is very wet, so the windows and walls sweat.
Since the toy-hauler has a fuel cell I am considering installing two of the D5's to replace the propane furnace:
http://www.espar.com/fileadmin/data/...Spec_sheet.pdf

Has anyone else installed one of these or given any consideration to install one or two?

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Old 12-24-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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Unless you have a radiant propane heater, an RV propane furnace is a sealed unit. Outside air into combustion chamber then exhausted out. Thats why there are two openings in the wall plate on the outside of the RV. No combustion air is exhausted into the rv. The windows and walls sweat due to moisture that is exhaled and from cooking condensing on cold surfaces.
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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Unless you have a radiant propane heater, an RV propane furnace is a sealed unit. Outside air into combustion chamber then exhausted out. Thats why there are two openings in the wall plate on the outside of the RV. No combustion air is exhausted into the rv. The windows and walls sweat due to moisture that is exhaled and from cooking condensing on cold surfaces.
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the furnace is a heat exchanger, nothing from burning propane (should) enter the RV. The wet is from you.
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Better to just get used to the condensation, which is due to the low Rvalues of the windows and walls in RV's Try not to breathe to much or make food.


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Old 12-24-2014, 07:25 PM   #5
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Very important to vent outside during cooking or showering, prevent mold!
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:02 PM   #6
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We crack open the headboard window when heading to bed. That helps a bunch with condensation. I also sleep better with the fresh air too.
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Try using a dehumidifier, you will find the unit will feel warmer and have little to no moisture inside the unit.
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X2 on the dehumidifier, last March I decided to get an early start on doing some Mods and turned the dehumidifier on with the furnace, so I could work in comfort. When I was done I turned the furnace off but left the dehumidifier on for a couple of hours then went out and retrieved it so it wouldn't freeze. Never had any wall sweats or condensation on the windows. One day I even went out and shampooed the carpets, left the furnace and dehumidifier on till carpet was dry still no condensation.
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Old 12-25-2014, 12:17 PM   #9
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I can run the propane heater parked in the yard uninhabited and the windows and walls are covered with moisture, not from cooking or people breathing.
When boondocking dehumidifiers are not an option.

Thanks for the input.
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I might seriously be thinking about having some expert check air quality in your unit, it just ain't right with all that moisture. CO and CO2 gas may present w/the moisture.
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