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Old 09-02-2014, 03:12 PM   #1
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Heater in a 206ltd

Do many people use their heaters in their pop ups? We've used propane lanterns as light and heat in our tents and are trying to decide if we really need one in our new 206LTD.

Thanks for your input.


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Old 09-02-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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We did and do, although the fans are generally noisy for my taste - and eats your battery if dry camping. The other option when you camp where it's in the 30s and 40s at night is good sleeping bags or a portable catalytic heater. With the sleeping bags, it's still cold when you get up in the morning.

My compromise (now that I'm older and maybe wiser and more insistent on comfort) is to set the heater thermostat around 52 or so, and maybe crank it up into the '60s when we get up in the morning (if wanted).

We installed a second battery to ensure enough power to run the heater the way we use it in Colorado mountains for a 4 day weekend. Floor space is at a minimum in the A-frame, and reserved for the dog, not a heater. And the DW is not a fan of sleeping bags.

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Old 09-02-2014, 11:11 PM   #3
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We do, and absolutely love it when it's a little chilly. With one battery, you need to be mindful of charge, if you're boon docking. But, solar panel and/or small generator will keep your battery where it needs to be.

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Old 09-03-2014, 06:50 AM   #4
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I usually camp with electric services and as such use an electric heater as I am paying for it anyhow. I use two small cube heaters to heat when it is below freezing.

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Old 09-04-2014, 10:04 PM   #5
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Heater in a 206ltd

I like using our furnace as lanterns and catalytic heaters scare me due to the carbon monoxide. Tent campers tend to build up quick. The furnaces are vented to the outside, so it's not really a concern. Running our furnace and my CPAP mask, we easily got two nights out of a single battery.

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Old 10-28-2014, 06:49 PM   #6
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We use ours...located just outside the shower door on the HW 277...great after a cool morning shower.
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Old 10-28-2014, 07:05 PM   #7
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We had a pop up for 20 years. We used an electric heater to keep the chill off, and the furnace was set to come if the heater couldn't keep up. Also to warm things up fast when we got up in the morning.

As mentioned above, the fans are pretty noisy, though.

Can't speak to use for boon docking; we never did that.
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:31 AM   #8
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I liked having the space portable has a thermostat so I set it to 70 and went to bed with no problems. The space heater is much quieter than my furnace.

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