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Old 11-12-2014, 06:57 PM   #1
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30IOK hard to heat

I camp later then most, last weekend was when I winterized and camped straight through tempatures just shy of the freezing mark. Found the camper in this situation not the easiest to keep warm. Furnace runs for the most part 24/7 to keep it around 65 inside. Again big camper and it is cold so I can't say I did not expect it. Will be looking at maybe adding a larger furnace though, I just don't like having to work it 24/7, electric heat is not an option.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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First quesrion, how cold? And what size is the furnace?
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:13 PM   #3
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Can't tell you exactly how cold, if guessing 2 degree Celsius. The furnace is 35000 btu
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:17 PM   #4
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a lot gets lost out the windows. I would insulate them with something like Reflectix
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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Something could be wrong with your furnace. I can heat up our 31 foot box with two slides from 60 to 70 in less than half an hour at 30 degrees outside.


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Old 11-13-2014, 07:09 PM   #6
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How cold are you camping in?? Have you tried a space heater? I have a 42 ft sandpiper and use an infrared heater and it stays nice and toasty!!The main heater hardly runs and we have camped in the teens with snow.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:02 AM   #7
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Where I camp late in the season it is dry camping. Electric is not an option.

My 30 ft tt heated no issue with a 30k btu but this is 38ft and has 3 ft more of ceiling space. Much much larger area plus three slides.
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:00 AM   #8
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X96, We camped last April and had -2 and lots of wind in out Fifth Wheel. I found a duct had melted after it left the furnace. This dumped a lot of heat in the basement. The duct went to a splitter that bed the bedroom, floor register and basement registers. I replaced the plastic duct with metal and we had more heat in the cabin area.
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:00 AM   #9
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I camp later then most, last weekend was when I winterized and camped straight through tempatures just shy of the freezing mark. Found the camper in this situation not the easiest to keep warm. Furnace runs for the most part 24/7 to keep it around 65 inside. Again big camper and it is cold so I can't say I did not expect it. Will be looking at maybe adding a larger furnace though, I just don't like having to work it 24/7, electric heat is not an option.
I'm pretty sure the largest RV furnace is 42,000 BTU that's not much of an increase from what you have. Is it possible to drop the belly cover and add some insulation? That would be alot cheaper and might help more then just adding 7000 BTU's, plus the added propane that would be needed. Most RV's have very little insulation on the bottom. Just a thought. Or if you have room add a second furnace and use zones. Oh I just caught the part of your ceiling being 3' higher in this unit. As you know heat rises and will stay up top. maybe adding a ceiling fan to move the heated air back down might also help. I know I hate the cold so I feel for ya.
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I will need to check and see if the plastic part is melted on mine. There does seem to be good air flow I just think it is a large area and thin walls.

There is a large ceiling fan, although closed up for the season I will be sure to try it the May 24 weekend, and yes I have started my count down.
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