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Old 01-02-2015, 05:37 PM   #29
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this is where the genny auto start comes in handy
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I do not think you will be able to use 2 6volt batteries to run the furnace. Not enough amp hours since it is basically the equivalent of one 12volt battery for amp hours. I am going to be kinda blunt. One nights campground fees will cost you about the same as 80 miles of diesel fuel. Or to translate the 30.00 or so a campground cost is not anything compared to the cost of fuel for the trip. Your motorhome will not handle 15 degrees very well. If you are insistent on wally world camping you are going to be running your generator all night. there is a post about someone on the east coast sometime around Feb 2014 They had 4 6v batteries and they went down, the people got very cold and had all kinds of problems. I really think that it is foolish to boondock in Walmart to save what is really an insignificant sum of money.

That is my take on it also. 15° is too cold to camp/Boondock.
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It is probably too late for this year, but catalytic heaters do a nice job, and use no electricity at all. My choice would to picl one of the Olympian series from Camco. They come in three sizes: 1600 -3000 BTU/hour, 3200 - 6000 BTU/hour, and 4200 - 8000 BTU/hour.

I have the small one installed in the bedroom of our 5er. It has kept us toasty warm in temperatures right around freezing. If you want to warm a larger area, you might want a bigger one.

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Top off with fuel, run the generator and buy a couple of Lasko tower heaters. If your furnace does not heat the basement, buy a third Lasko for the basement. Top off the propane, run it as needed. That's why you bought all that stuff...use it.
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Top off with fuel, run the generator and buy a couple of Lasko tower heaters. If your furnace does not heat the basement, buy a third Lasko for the basement. Top off the propane, run it as needed. That's why you bought all that stuff...use it.
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Stay warm and safe. Please update us on what you decide to do for future reference.

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I will. I'll check back Tuesday.

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this is where the genny auto start comes in handy
That would a cool feature.

I was just thinking today as we were packing the MH, it's camping, there's going to be weather, deal with it, that's part of the fun.

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I left Indy last year in -10 deg weather- ran the furnace at 65 all the way down past Atlanta and stopped 1st night just south of Atlanta, no problems.
Stop for the night where ever --Run the Genny and sleep warm ! What is the big deal ?
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As you are in an RV and not a tent, wouldn't you use it as such? I could imagine this post from a tent camper, but the entire premise of "roughing-it" almost does not go in the same sentence with an RV! Use the gen-set, LOL!
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Top off with fuel, run the generator and buy a couple of Lasko tower heaters. If your furnace does not heat the basement, buy a third Lasko for the basement. Top off the propane, run it as needed. That's why you bought all that stuff...use it.
Dang right!! Fire up the generator, turn up the furnace, pop in a movie and rough it. I'll make sure it a Super WalMart that's open 27/7 so if we get cold I'll go buy an electric blanket.

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As you are in an RV and not a tent, wouldn't you use it as such? I could imagine this post from a tent camper, but the entire premise of "roughing-it" almost does not go in the same sentence with an RV! Use the gen-set, LOL!
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The only time we overnighted in 15 degree weather without electrical hookups was when we used our (now current tow vehicle) as our primary RV.

There was no plumbing system to worry about like there is in our gas-powered Itasca Sunstar., but we have not been in an extended freeze zone yet.

One thought that came to mind is adjusting your travelling schedule to travel during the coldest time of the night. Generally, isn't the coldest time of night close in between 3 and 6 AM?

It sure would be tough to rise and shine at 3:30 AM, but the thought of a lingering coffee break at 7:00 AM, once temps rise with the sun, is encouraging. I do realize the trade-off is the slow going in the pre-dawn hours and other drivers' out at that time.

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The coldest time of day is the time just before sunrise. That is the longest period of time on the dark side of the earth from the sun.
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Boondocking 15 degrees any advice.

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A fully charged battery is 12.7 volts. 50% discharged is 12.2 volts. Many experts advise to never allow your batteries to go below 50% charge as that significantly shortens the life of the batteries.

Yes, I know this. It has only been on the coldest nights (in the 20s and lower, when the furnaces run more often) ) that I saw 12.1 volts in the morning. Above 30 degrees I'll see 12.2 or 12.3 volts when I get up in the morning. The house batteries were 5 years old in June and are still working fine.
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