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Old 09-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #11
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All I can say is the heater is way better than my popup was where the heat blew directly out of the furnace located in a cabinet! This is a big step up from our popup but we still like to sleep under canvas so I am a little more forgiving about the creature comforts.

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Old 09-23-2013, 02:02 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Archicamper View Post
All I can say is the heater is way better than my popup was where the heat blew directly out of the furnace located in a cabinet!
X2 !!! Plus it was loud enough to wake the neighbors.


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Old 09-23-2013, 05:33 PM   #13
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Yes you are right,we still feel like we are in a but not on the ground. The unit as whole makes up for the need to get a space heater of some sort
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:35 PM   #14
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so much for spell check, there should have been in a tent on the first line
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:13 AM   #15
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If you are plugged in, you may also want a small 5000BTU space heater. Lots of folks do that, including me
Can you let me know what heater this would be??? Our lil space heater is horrible. Keeps the kids warm at the back but we get a lil chilly up front
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:48 PM   #16
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A few things I have found with heating a 233s over the past few years...btw we have a 2011 with 2013 bunks. There is a lot of space to heat and it's no surprise that the outer edges of the bunks are the coldest I usually supplement the furnace with an adjustable electric space heater plugged into the outlet next to the fridge by the side bunk, 750/1500w settings adjustable throughout. Usually that is fine, but with temps in the low 40s and down into the 30s, the furnace runs all night long. Just plan on filling propane tanks every year. One issue is the outlets, though. At least in mine, all the outlets run off one breaker. That means 3 heated bunks, tv, clock, charging phones, etc, etc. We could only run the heater on the 750w setting before tripping the camper breaker. I had FR add a single outlet and 20amp breaker while at the rally (thanks guys) right next to the breaker panel...probably a foot of wire. Two weeks ago temps hit the mid to low 40s...I used two space heaters. One on the new outlet, one on the old, facing in opposite directions. I did not need the furnace and did not trip any breakers or have problems at the post. My shore power cable was not heating up either. Everyone stayed toasty warm. So far I am very pleased with the first test. I'll be out in two weeks and I'm sure I'll give it another go. Sorry this was so long...just wanted to be detailed

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Old 09-24-2013, 10:24 PM   #17
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I was out dry camping this past weekend and I had overnight low temps of 39 and 32. The 39 night we kept the temp around 60 in the center of our 233s. The bunk ends were naturally cooler with the rear bunk being the coldest. We heated with furnace only and were using popup gizmos (no condensation). The 32 night I kicked the furnace up slightly as it was cooler on the ends and that meant the furnace ran longer.

We will be heading out in mid October and may or may not camp with electricity. I am installing another circuit and receptacle so I too can run two electric space heaters just like buckeye if we choose to dry camp. Why are all of those outlets on just one circuit?! Our coleman pup had outlets on two circuits. If we dry camp I will be bringing our Mr Heater, cracking the roof vents open, and keeping the furnace on and ready in case its needed.

I am a little surprised at the placement of the heating vents too. Seems like they could have have had one more vent near the rear of the camper. I came across a post from someone here that said they talked to Forest River about it and FR sent ducting and supplies to add another vent (at no cost). I've thought about doing that but have been reluctant as I remember camping in Yellowstone (2010) in July in our pup with no heat and having snow/frost three nights there and we did just fine with our 0 rated sleeping bags (survival not comfort rating). I dont wanna get too soft.

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