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Old 10-03-2010, 04:48 PM   #11
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PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. You are asking for a fire...or at the least a lot of smoke damage when the heater starts to 'snuff out'!
Yes, I would be a little reluctant to leave the Buddy Heater burning while no one is in the camper. But mine does not smoke any when shutting off.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:01 PM   #12
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The furnace will work safely as long as you do not cover the ducts on the inside and keep the exhaust cleared on the outside. The lower the temperature is set the less the furnace will run and the longer the 12volt battery will last. Windrider also has a good idea in blowing out the lines after using the trailer so you will not have to heat it at all. That is unless you are storing some type of liquids in the trailer that could freeze and be damaged.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:15 PM   #13
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The Home Depot sells a 100 foot 12/3 conductor heavy duty extension cord that would easily make the run you are talking about.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:54 PM   #14
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The Home Depot sells a 100 foot 12/3 conductor heavy duty extension cord that would easily make the run you are talking about.

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Forget the propane heater inside and either run an electric powered heater (resistance in the cord will be lower if temps are low outside) or use air to blow out the lines on the trailer.

Personally I would just use air to blow out the lines, drain the water heater and add a little antifreeze to the P-traps. Doesn't take long, nothing to flush out when reusing and no chance of a fire.
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:53 PM   #15
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The Home Depot sells a 100 foot 12/3 conductor heavy duty extension cord that would easily make the run you are talking about.
Yes, that would reach. We've always been cautioned about running cords that far, but obviously if they make one that long, there must be a way to run it safely. We would just be powering a cube heater if we did it that way.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:35 PM   #16
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I wouldn't do it, it makes for too many worries with the way my luck is and then having to deal with the insurance company....... Just my two cents.
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:05 PM   #17
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One of the major byproducts of combustion from the Big-Buddy type of heater is water vapor. When I used one in a smaller trailer (A Chalet hard-sided folding trailer), after a relatively short period of usage, water was literally dripping off the walls. And this occurred with a roof vent cracked open and an outside temperature in the fifties. Based on my experience, I would not recommend using such a heater in your situation, particularly where cold outside temperatures would exacerbate condensation on the walls and windows.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:26 PM   #18
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Thanks to all for the great advice.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:36 PM   #19
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We use the little oil raidiator looking heater when it's real cold all winter and keep it on low. It doesn't draw a lot of juice and keeps the trailer ready for us to use it if we want to. We sometimes winter camp.
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