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Old 09-24-2020, 08:43 AM   #1
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a122 furnace question

Newbie here, We have the a122sesp a frame, have never had to run furnace. Next trip we will have 30amp hookup. Do we have to have propane for furnace or will it run with electric hookup only? Thanks for any answers.
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Old 09-24-2020, 09:17 AM   #2
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Furnace requires propane, heat pump (Coolcat AC unit) does not.
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Old 09-24-2020, 09:45 AM   #3
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Listen to Papa. Propane is needed.
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:33 PM   #4
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Heat pump (CoolCat) stops producing heat when outside temp gets down in low 40s. Been there, done that, got cold. And of course you need shore power (and 12V DC for thermostat) to run it.

Heater produces hotter air, but doesn't circulate heat as well. With either CoolCat or heater, I crack the overhead vent open to help air circulation. Heater needs 12V DC from battery or converter, draws about 3 amps to run heater fan. And propane to create the heat.

If heater has never been used before, you will get an oil smell as the oil coating from manufacturing burns off.

DW fitted us with warm blankets, we now set thermostat to 55 (or off) at night.

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Old 09-24-2020, 02:45 PM   #5
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We always use a small electric space heater instead of our propane powered furnace. The heater is much more quiet than the furnace/fan. And, more pertinent, the electric power is free to us as opposed to using the propane we pay for.
Just about the smallest heater you can find is enough to keep you warm in near freezing conditions.
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Old 09-24-2020, 09:40 PM   #6
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I second the space heater. Simple and adequate.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:19 PM   #7
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I second the space heater. Simple and adequate.
In an 'A' Frame ? that's a pretty small space. At least in our 36' I didn't worry about knocking our space heater over....plenty of room to keep it out of the way of everyone.
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Old 09-27-2020, 09:46 PM   #8
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I use a small fan-forced space heater with thermostat - works great. I think I paid about $20.

I used to always use the heat pump (CoolCat), but now its main use is as white noise to drown out noisy neighbors when needed!
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Old 09-28-2020, 06:31 AM   #9
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We love our Vornado!

https://www.vornado.com/shop/heaters...h-auto-climate

It's pricey, but It's also:
-Silent
-Not hot to touch
-Turns off if bumped
-Compact
-Heats our A-frame in minutes
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