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Old 10-02-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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Little Buddy heater

We live in a relatively temperate climate and camp all year. Sometimes we end up winterizing and de-winterizing several times a year. When there are a few nights that will be near or below freezing, we have previously hooked up power and used a cube heater to keep everything warm if we were planning on camping in the next few days. Now we park the camper farther away from the house, and safe power is not available. We are considering the Mr. Heater Little Buddy, which is an indoor propane heater. My question is: Will this work okay with a cover on the camper? The heater has a low-oxygen shutoff, but I'm thinking that if we crack the two ceiling vents, or even crack a window, there should be no oxygen deficiency. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Consumes oxygen!!!!!

I would not use a propane heater in the camper. First, the camper is tight sealed which causes the heater to use up the oxygen. Even with vents open and a window cracked. Put on plenty of flannels, sweat shirts, cover up good. Or better yet, park it close to AC power, run a ceramic heater from WAL-MART.

Don't DO IT!
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If you are trying to keep the trailer from freezing for a few days until you are ready to use it why not use the furnace set on its lowest setting? I think that would be the safest and easiest thing to use.
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If you are trying to keep the trailer from freezing for a few days until you are ready to use it why not use the furnace set on its lowest setting? I think that would be the safest and easiest thing to use.
Would this be okay with the cover on?
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:44 PM   #5
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I would not use a propane heater in the camper. First, the camper is tight sealed which causes the heater to use up the oxygen. Even with vents open and a window cracked. Put on plenty of flannels, sweat shirts, cover up good. Or better yet, park it close to AC power, run a ceramic heater from WAL-MART.

Don't DO IT!
We would not be inside the camper. We're just keeping the interior warm.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:51 PM   #6
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I think the Little Buddy Heater will only last about 6 hours on the low position. We have the double tank Big Buddy Heater, and that will last 10 to 12 hours....enough to take you overnite.

If the camper cover is breathable, I would think cracking a window or 2 would allow the use of the heater with the cover on. Sounds like running electric to the camper is out of the question, so running the furnace even on low would probably run the battery down the 1st nite. If you do run the furnace, make sure the cover is pulled away securely from the furnace vent.....that puppy can get really hot.....probably enough to melt the cover, or even catch it on fire.
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I think the Little Buddy Heater will only last about 6 hours on the low position. We have the double tank Big Buddy Heater, and that will last 10 to 12 hours....enough to take you overnite.

If the camper cover is breathable, I would think cracking a window or 2 would allow the use of the heater with the cover on. Sounds like running electric to the camper is out of the question, so running the furnace even on low would probably run the battery down the 1st nite. If you do run the furnace, make sure the cover is pulled away securely from the furnace vent.....that puppy can get really hot.....probably enough to melt the cover, or even catch it on fire.
Usually, 6 hours would be enough for us, especially taking into account that the interior heat doesn't immediately plummet when the gas runs out. Good point about the furnace exhaust. It does get hot. I could be wrong, but I thought the only battery power needed for the furnace would be for ignition and fan. I don't know what the implications would be with the furnace going on and off all night with no shore power, but obviously the cover is out. We're about 80 feet from the exterior outlets on our house, and we're afraid to run a drop cord that far. I'm thinking our best option is to take the cover off and run the furnace with the battery hooked up or use the Little Buddy with the cover off. Any more ideas? Thanks.
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Usually, 5.5 hours would be enough for us, especially taking into account that the interior heat doesn't immediately plummet when the gas runs out. Good point about the furnace exhaust. It does get hot. I could be wrong, but I thought the only battery power needed for the furnace would be for ignition. I don't know what the implications would be with the furnace going on and off all night with no shore power.
The ignition and the furnace fan both run on 12 volts. The furnace is probably the biggest 12 volt amp draw in a camper......it takes some energy to move that air.
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Why not blow the lines out with compressed air? There are directions on here somewhere on how to do it.
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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'!
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