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Old 11-26-2011, 06:00 PM   #1
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Driving while using appliances?

Hi guys have a question
If people are riding in the back sleeping in the bed is it okay if they run the heater while driving on the highway?
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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Hi guys have a question
If people are riding in the back sleeping in the bed is it okay if they run the heater while driving on the highway?
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If you are talking about the heater installed in the motor home it is okay to run it. They are made to be run while driving.

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Old 11-26-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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If by heater you mean the RV heat pumps or RV furnace then by all means yes. If you mean an electric or other portable heater then me thinks no way due to tipping potential while moving.

I'll leave the discussion of someone riding in an "unapproved seating location" while underway for some other thread. (Unapproved being any seating position without a seat belt).
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We have pets that think they own the motorhome and just let us drive it. They would not think of traveling in an unheated area in winter or uncooled in summer. We run the furnace or AC as required for comfort.
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We have pets that think they own the motorhome and just let us drive it. They would not think of traveling in an unheated area in winter or uncooled in summer. We run the furnace or AC as required for comfort.
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my pup gets cold easy and prefers to rack out in the behind my seat on his warm pillow.
occasionally he will venture up and look out the side window and watch the world, then back to his nap
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The main worry I would have is the load put on the inverter/charger and the house batteries. I know it is rated at sufficient amperage to support the HVAC, but the energy is coming from the house batteries.

Whenever I use the HVAC away from shore power I have the generator running to supply the power.

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For cooling I run the generator to support the A/C unit, for heat I let the furnace and the 12 volt system handle the job.
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If you are talking about the heater installed in the motor home it is okay to run it. They are made to be run while driving.

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I stand corrected.. From other threads they say not to run the installed heaters while driving.

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I stand corrected.. From other threads they say not to run the installed heaters while driving.

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You guys can do what you want. We always run the heat pumps or furnace or air conditioner as needed when we drive down the road. We also run the refrigerator, a computer, and many times a bread machine, coffee pot, and crock pot as we drive. Personal comfort is trump - that is why we have a motorhome.
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You guys can do what you want. We always run the heat pumps or furnace or air conditioner as needed when we drive down the road. We also run the refrigerator, a computer, and many times a bread machine, coffee pot, and crock pot as we drive. Personal comfort is trump - that is why we have a motorhome.
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I stand corrected.. From other threads they say not to run the installed heaters while driving.

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If I were to guess, I would believe "they" were specifically referring to any installed LPG heaters.

I use my Aqua-Hot heater as the coolant is heated with the Cummins engine. And it doesn't take only 12 VDC to run the baseboard fans to spread the heat around the coach. I would think running a heat pump would be OK also providing that the generator is running to supply the 120 VAC to the heat pumps.

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Would assume "they" are the same 'they" that says to shut off the propane tank valve while driving, therefore eliminating the possibility of using the LP furnace.

We run ours when needed.

Haven't tried a bread maker yet, but absolutely run the coffee pot while driving. Having fresh coffee at arms reach is why I have a MH.
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We live in southern Pa. I also like to travel late at night and early am when there is less traffic. Problem is these are the coldest times of the day also. We went to Florida 3 times in the past year, once was in November, the other in March. If I wouldn't run the house LP's we would freeze! I don't need the genny just let the house 12v do the work. I agree with jzick...comfort Trumps. I save alot of stop times by having my coffee on board. My girls (DW and DD) have access to a potty for their small bladders .
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You guys can do what you want. We always run the heat pumps or furnace or air conditioner as needed when we drive down the road. We also run the refrigerator, a computer, and many times a bread machine, coffee pot, and crock pot as we drive. Personal comfort is trump - that is why we have a motorhome.
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