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Old 09-08-2010, 07:40 AM   #1
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Heat for dry camping

What do you use for heat when dry camping? If you use the furnace how long will the battery last pulling the 12 volt fan at night. Thinking of Yellowstone and the temps have been in the 30's. I have a 3000 watt generator which I can use to charge the battery.

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Old 09-08-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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I used the furnace one night with the battery (Group 27) when the CG lost power. The temperaures were around 36F or so. We were not cold and there was some power left for next day as well.

A lof of people with generators use a proper battery charger to charge the battery as the convertor usually takes a long time to charge it I am told.

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Old 09-08-2010, 08:13 AM   #3
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First get some flannel sheets.
Really. They are SO much better for cold camping.
2nd get a down comforter or simulated down filled comforter.
If you have a down sleeping bag that you can open flat, use

If you are trying to keep the room at a normal house comfort
forget it. The furnace will suck a single 12v battery in a little
over one night.

Steps 1 and 2 above let you set the furnace to 50 or even less.
That saves your battery by half.
When it's time to warm up in the morning we use a stove top
coffee percolator so the stove burner is lit and we'll light the oven
to bake biscuits or those yummy icing on top sweet rolls.
The oven and the stove burner use no battery and they help warm
you back up.
We also crank up the furnace for one warm up cycle at that time.

I use a stand alone battery charger with my honda 2k genny because it
charges the house battery faster than just plugging the
RV to the genny.

I love cool weather camping. I'm jealous!!
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:50 AM   #4
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I realize that many members think this is a no-no, but I use a Big Buddy propane heater. On low position, it will last 8-10 hours.

I crack a window at the heater, and also 1 in the bedroom. Even with the windows cracked, the heater will keep the camper comfortable with the temps in the lower 30s.

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Old 09-08-2010, 09:59 AM   #5
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We tried a catalytic heater but it irritated my wife's eyes and
throat. Sold it on craigs list a while back.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:26 AM   #6
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protip: check to see if the GF opened windows and vents during the day!! mine did that last night and i froze!

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