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Old 09-02-2017, 10:22 PM   #1
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Does the heat pump work with just the house batteries or only with the generator on?

I'm currently sleeping in the rv and wanted to know if the heat will work with just the house batteries or do you need to run the generator in order to get heat?
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:27 PM   #2
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Heat pump runs off electric so need to. Be plugged in or generator. Your furnace runs on propane and the blower runs off 12v. So it needs battery power.
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:29 PM   #3
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Ok good to know. Thx. So I can still have heat with propane. Good news.
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:37 PM   #4
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Yes but be careful the blower will drain your batteries very quickly
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:38 PM   #5
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Yes but be careful the blower will drain your batteries very quickly


So not good to leave on overnight ?
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:46 PM   #6
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I would say a full night would. Drain the avg 2 batteries down that they would have to be charged in the morning by generator or solar
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I would say a full night would. Drain the avg 2 batteries down that they would have to be charged in the morning by generator or solar


Ok. Thx for your help.
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:54 AM   #8
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I have a *my buddy* propane heater I use when I boondock. Don't even use the coach heater unless I'm plugged in at a camp ground when I need it. The "my buddy* heater is designed to be used indoors and heats up my Forrester 3011 nicely. I set it on the floor by the coach door and put a 20gal propane tank between the two front seats. Have left it on all night with no problems...wake up to a nice cozy RV in the morning. It's nice having it on for those midnight bathroom runs too.
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Old 09-03-2017, 07:04 AM   #9
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I have run the furnace all night with no issues at all. It cycles on as needed so it only pulling current to run the fan a shot portion of the night. I would not leave the fan running continuously on manual for the entire night.
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Old 09-03-2017, 05:28 PM   #10
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Heat Pump

I am still new to the RV thing but I have seen enough that I am not confortable with A portable propane system running inside the rv?? Seems like carbon monoxide would be a real theeat if anything isn't just right.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:00 PM   #11
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I am still new to the RV thing but I have seen enough that I am not confortable with A portable propane system running inside the rv?? Seems like carbon monoxide would be a real theeat if anything isn't just right.
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I wouldn't do it. I run heat each summer night because I camp at 10,000 feet and higher. The low temps our last camping trip 2 weeks ago was 38 deg F. We discovered years ago that a minimum of two standard size RV batteries was the minimum to prevent the battery from going below 50%.

We have several means of staying warm.

1. Run propane heat all night, we average 30 lbs of propane use over a 7-9 day period.

2. Lots of blankets.

3. We have 3 large dogs that keep us warm on our bed but this has obvious drawbacks such as a strained back and neck kink in the morning.

4. We have a generator with remote start/off control. We use a small 1500 watt forced air heater and a 1500 watt oil based radiant heater to warm up the camper before we go to bed. The radiant heater stays warm for a long before after the generator is shut off. This is done to preserve propane. We dry camp in the back country so running an inverter generator for 30 minutes late at night is not offending anyone.
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I have a *my buddy* propane heater I use when I boondock. Don't even use the coach heater unless I'm plugged in at a camp ground when I need it. The "my buddy* heater is designed to be used indoors and heats up my Forrester 3011 nicely. I set it on the floor by the coach door and put a 20gal propane tank between the two front seats. Have left it on all night with no problems...wake up to a nice cozy RV in the morning. It's nice having it on for those midnight bathroom runs too.
I see My Buddy has improved their small RV heaters. They are "green", folding handle, and overall, a little smaller. Still puts out 4000-8000 btu's. Ted
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https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...y-heater-green


Designed for indoor use. I crack a window, just to release moisture. This info says it can produce up to 9000 btu's.
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We use all the time, a Buddy mh18b 4000. 8000, and 18000... can run off of 2 of those small bottles or like us got the adapter to run to a 10lb bottle. It also has a fan in it that runs off of D Batteries, that really helps move some air around. the batteries last a month, has an off on switch for it!
As with all My Buddy heaters.... tip over cut off, low oxygen cut off.
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That sounds like a good safe system.
Thanks for the heads up.
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We use all the time, a Buddy mh18b 4000. 8000, and 18000... can run off of 2 of those small bottles or like us got the adapter to run to a 10lb bottle. It also has a fan in it that runs off of D Batteries, that really helps move some air around. the batteries last a month, has an off on switch for it!

As with all My Buddy heaters.... tip over cut off, low oxygen cut off.


I know the my buddies and they are great heaters, but not really sure how the wife would feel about this running in the RV all night. I wouldn't think that the furnace would draw that much power throughout the night if it was cycling on and off. I may just give it a shot just to try it out. Maybe I should try this at home one day to Verify, this way if they do die I can recharge them while still home.
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