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Old 02-09-2015, 09:37 PM   #1
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I need to know if the furnace runs on both electric and propane or propane only?

Going away for the weekend and it looks COLD for my Southern blood.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:39 PM   #2
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I need to know if the furnace runs on both electric and propane or propane only?

Going away for the weekend and it looks COLD for my Southern blood.
Thanks!!!
Propane and 12 volt DC for the fan and thermostat. However, if you are running it for very long just off of the 12 volt battery, it will drain it fairly quickly, usually one night depending on how much the fan has to run and size of battery (ies),

If you do have 120 volt AC shore power, then the converter will supply an unending source of 12 volt DC power.....but you still have to have propane to burn to make the heat.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:39 PM   #3
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I need to know if the furnace runs on both electric and propane or propane only?

Going away for the weekend and it looks COLD for my Southern blood.
Thanks!!!
Don't know about your particular furnace... but mine burns propane for heat but requires 12v DC to ignite and run the fan.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:46 PM   #4
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Ok. I'll be hooked up to electric so the battery shouldn't be an issue.
Any idea (ball park) if it's 35 for low and 60 for high and we keep the camper at 70 do you think 2-20lb propane tanks will last for Fri-Mon?? I do plan on taking a plug in heater as well to help out.
Never really used the furnace so don't have any idea how fast it will eat the propane.
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You should be good for two bottles. Are you running a ceramic heater or supplemental heat?
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Ok. I'll be hooked up to electric so the battery shouldn't be an issue.
Any idea (ball park) if it's 35 for low and 60 for high and we keep the camper at 70 do you think 2-20lb propane tanks will last for Fri-Mon?? I do plan on taking a plug in heater as well to help out.
Never really used the furnace so don't have any idea how fast it will eat the propane.
Thanks so much!!!
Yeah, I would think you would be OK with some to spare. Do you plan on using the hot water heater on propane (which doesn't use a whole lot), or cooking on the stove a whole heckuva lot?

You could always just open one cylinder and when it runs out, that should give you a good estimation of how long the next bottle should last once you switch over to it. Of course, camping factoid # 7 states that you only run out of propane at 3 AM in the morning when it's below 40 degrees. That's always the funnest part of a camping trip, in having to go outside and open the second cylinder at that time/temperature.
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If I were you, I'd test that furnace before I left home for that weekend. We've read a few stories here about furnaces that failed to perform at the campsite.
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If it's new and never been run.....be ready for a smell and probably smoke alarms to go off.....happens to most all of us.
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I live in Northern NY State and we have gone camping in early May and had temps of 40 deg. at night and only 50 deg. in the day time and once the trailer was warmed to 70 deg. we were good for the night. In the morning turned furnace on again and warmed it up from 60 deg. . I don't remember ours ever being on in the night ( wife's a little paranoid of having it on at night). An extra blanket and we were good.
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Since you will be on shore power you might consider using an electric heater and save as much propane as you can. Your are paying for the electric so you may as well use it. Get a heater that is 1500W or less. I just used the furnace to take a chill off, maybe 5 minutes, and then lower the thermostat temp. With a couple humans in the trailer and a electric heater you will be comfortable.

I don't know where you are located but here in central Georgia we still get freezing temps so when you get back from your camping you may consider winterizing again.
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