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Old 05-21-2012, 10:36 PM   #15
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Have the furnace fixed...who wants a coach that the furnace doesn't work in? Or the water heater, or the inverter...etc, etc.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:33 AM   #16
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The answer depends on the source of payment.. For me I use electric heat a lot, however I'm in campgrounds where I pay a flat rate, I do not pay for electric seperate, if I had to pay by the kilowatt I'm sure Propane would be cheaper.

But sometimes I am not in a campground.. For example, Last fall we went to Georgia for my Daughter's wedding, Stuck around till Jan-2.. Now you may not remember Jan-2 but I do, COLDEST NIGHT ALL WINTER.. And no furnace ,it was broken. And being on the road all I had for heat was the dash (or electric if I fired the Gen-set)

It (The furnace) is fixed now.

New Dinosaure control board, less than half the price of the OEM board and from the look and feel and other observations, A much better product.
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The answer depends on the source of payment.. For me I use electric heat a lot, however I'm in campgrounds where I pay a flat rate, I do not pay for electric seperate, if I had to pay by the kilowatt I'm sure Propane would be cheaper.

But sometimes I am not in a campground.. For example, Last fall we went to Georgia for my Daughter's wedding, Stuck around till Jan-2.. Now you may not remember Jan-2 but I do, COLDEST NIGHT ALL WINTER.. And no furnace ,it was broken. And being on the road all I had for heat was the dash (or electric if I fired the Gen-set)

It (The furnace) is fixed now.

New Dinosaure control board, less than half the price of the OEM board and from the look and feel and other observations, A much better product.


I carry one oil filled electric heater (looks like a radiator) year round. I use it to take chill out. In winter I have a second unit and run them on separate circuits. Only use the furnace when temp drops below 60 inside or temp drops below 30 for a extended period mainly for basement heat. Becomes an offset as far as cost and convenience when propane needs rationing as it is not immediately available.

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Old 04-23-2017, 08:12 AM   #18
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If you boondock a lot then the furnace is a must have. Very few battery/inverter setups will run an electric heater for very long. Using the generator is expensive just like propane.

If you are on shore power, a few small electric heaters should do the trick unless it gets really cold. As mentioned, don't ignore your basement. I use the furnace only if I have to because of the cost of propane and the noise - mine are a little on the noisy side. I have heat pumps pumps and a fireplace so a few more choices than most I suspect. Furnace is the last resort but when I need it, I spend the money.

I would have it repaired or NEVER go anywhere where you might be in cold weather. I do not seek out cold weather, but sometimes it seeks you out so be prepared.
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Well... this post is 5 years old but I'll chime in.... get a catalytic propane heater and use it if you have hookups or boondocking in the desert or mountains. We used ours for 16 full-timing years and absolutely loved the constant warmth vs the RV furnace of hot/cold.
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5 Years old - Holy Cow.

Now we may never know if he got his furnace fixed - sad
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I put a small electric fireplace/heater in the bedroom. Works great, even on half power.


The issue I have is the proximity to the coach's furnace thermostat so the furnace does not go on to heat the rest of the interior. I will look into either another heater for the front of the coach or at least some means to circulate the heat with a fan. We travel with a full house so the entire house needs heat.




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Well... this post is 5 years old but I'll chime in.... get a catalytic propane heater and use it if you have hookups or boondocking in the desert or mountains. We used ours for 16 full-timing years and absolutely loved the constant warmth vs the RV furnace of hot/cold.
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So I would say the same as most of the others. If you know you will have power then no furnace. We use mostly electric and it doesn't matter if we use generator power or shore power. Either way your paying for the electric. If it is really cold we will use the furnace to take off the chill and then use an electric heater the rest of the time. In Florida it is really cold all the time
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