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Old 08-21-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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Heating options for dry camping ?

We are very close to purchasing a new 21SSL for dry camping.

Does the furnace run on 12 Volts alone? or is it a LP furnace that just uses a 12V fan like my old tent trailer?

It looks like these only come with one deep cell from the rvwhoesalers form. Is it easy ie.. is there room to ad a second battery?

TIA, Zach
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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you need to find the make and model of the furnace in it and search that unit. mine is 120v only.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:51 PM   #3
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Most travel trailer furnaces are propane, but you need 12 volts for the ignition, circuit board, and the big pull is the fan. Furnaces are hard on battery charges because of the fan.
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In the oldies trailers you had a gravity furnace that needed no power. But now most of the furnaces run on 12 volt and will drain your batteries quite fast.
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For dry camping in all but the warmest climates or for more than two days at a time you will want lots of battery capacity. Most travel trailer (pull trailers) have room on the tongue for two batteries. Some will need to be modified to make room for two but it can be done.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:12 AM   #6
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on the Roo, your furnace fan runs on 12v and ignites on 12v.
the heat comes from propane. even when plugged into shore power, the converter converts 110v to 12v to run and ignite the furnace.

no electric heaters in the Roo. there is room for two batteries on the tongue. we dry camp almost all the time and i got two batteries for my Roo. you can have RVW add a second battery which i recommend doing, since you should have matched batteries.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:35 AM   #7
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could get a small genset and leave it run and an electric heater inside or just bring a couple extra tanks of propane lol
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