2011 Shamrock 233S - Heater Seems insufficient
Because it's our luck, bring home a new to us 2011 Shamrock and it drops to 28 degrees and starts snowing.
In the process of setting up and arranging storage in the Shamrock, we kicked on the heater. We noticed the only main living area vent was right by the door - seems a very inefficient spot to put the heater vent as I imagine some of the heat is sucked right outside. Th other vent is int he base of the shower,and it has very very low airflow. The large mesh screen in the front of the sink cabinet, which I thought would b the primary heat source has absolutely no air blowing out of it. Upon opening the mesh screen ( really hinge on top and bottom, that confused me ) There is just a flat metal plate with instructions on it, no slats, no louvers, nothing to allow hot air out of the heating system. I did take the end of the furnace off ( funny there are instructions on the inside of the cover as well ) And it blows air like mad out the mesh screen, but I have to assume this is not the normal operating configuration.
We had the heater on for about 40 Minutes and we could still see our breath inside the camper - is this normal? How long does it take to heat that space? I know with the Bunk ends down it is horribly inefficient, but our 12' Box Popup with double kings would get hot enough to drive you out of the thing in 30-40 minutes if you cranked the heater.
Is there a modification most of you do, a way to route the air other than by the doorway? We often find ourselves camping early or late season where the temps drop to the low 40's at night pretty regularly - I would like to not blow through my Propane tanks every other night trying to keep warm.
We are going to pick up a couple of 1500 watt Cube heaters to supplement, but I'm just worried something is wrong with the factor heating system.