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Old 03-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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Furnace running a lot

I camped out Saturday and Sunday here in northern Indiana this past weekend and it was 18 degrees at night for lows and 32 during both days .i have pinnacle 36rsqs 40 feet long with polar package fiver.no wind outside for boh days with fireplace on both days and nights full time .my furnace was running 7 minutes and off for 5 to 10 minute intervals .does that seem like to often for running all the time intervals or is that normal for those outside temps .i went through 30 lb tank of propane in couple days .
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #2
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Does not sound abnormal. How hot were you keeping the insides.

Also, the "Arctic Pac" on most of the RVS are a joke. The reflective aluminum barrier acts more as a radiant barrier to keep the warm reflected to the inside. You have to remember the you can only get so much insulation in a 2.5" thick wall. Also check arond the slide seals for air leaks.

There are true four-season RVs and then there are a lot that clain an Arctic Pac.

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Go to Wal-mart and buy 2 Electric Heaters.Put one in the Bedroom and one in the living area.

It will not run nearly as much,and you will save on the propane.Set the temp at 68-70 degrees on furnace.
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most polar packages simply mean the pipes and tanks are protected, means nothing about the floors, walls, roof or window insulation
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I camped out Saturday and Sunday here in northern Indiana this past weekend and it was 18 degrees at night for lows and 32 during both days .i have pinnacle 36rsqs 40 feet long with polar package fiver.no wind outside for boh days with fireplace on both days and nights full time .my furnace was running 7 minutes and off for 5 to 10 minute intervals .does that seem like to often for running all the time intervals or is that normal for those outside temps .i went through 30 lb tank of propane in couple days .
I found at that outside temp when we camp I try to keep the binds closed and also have the roof vent foam inserts installed.keep warm!
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I have double pain windows and left the temperature setting at 70 degrees .i am afraid to get electric heaters on fiver because furnace won't run to keep water tanks from freezing .i need circulation under floor around tanks and water lines
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Get an electric blanket for night time. You can set the thermostat lower using less propane. Put a thermometer in the basment where the pipes are so you can see just how cold, or warm it gets. I have a remote in my basement and the difference is ten degrees from the inside temperature. A good one will run about 25 dollars.
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Good idea on outdoor thermometer by indoor basement tanks to monitor temp. Thanks electric blanket comes in handy also or heated pad on mattress
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You are welcome, here to help if possible. I'm an expert.

I have been through heating the MH boot camp.

MY wife (she is a wonderful person) gets too cold at 7O degrees, so our MH has heat pumps, furnace, electric heater, heating blanket, foam fillers for roof vents, dual pane windows, extra blankets and a dog. I sleep on top the covers with a thin blanket and my side of the heating blanket off.

The dog abandons bed after a few minutes because sleeping half on half off a heating blanket is weird. He searches out the coldest spot he can find.

While we are in rotisserie mode.

I want to know what the temperature is in the basement because it is an option.
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Njs42 - I've thought of sleeping in the toad - even been told to a time or two. Never considered the basement an option. Always good tips here. Thanks for that one. Lol. My side hurts.
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I have double pain windows and left the temperature setting at 70 degrees .i am afraid to get electric heaters on fiver because furnace won't run to keep water tanks from freezing .i need circulation under floor around tanks and water lines
I have been using electric heaters and my furnace will run.On my 2nd winter fulltiming in Ks. had a low of 3 degrees last week and nothing froze.

I have 250 lb. propane bottle my average gas bill for 4 months was around $42 a month.Without the Electric heaters it would have been costly.

If you have Heated Blankets on your tanks you should not have any problems with the tanks freezing.
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Good idea to get a remote Thermometer for the basement area, just to see....

but so far, my thinking is that if I have both the electric fireplace and the electric tower heater on in the bedroom, I can set the central heat to about 65 and it's tolerable...

If you think about it, just so long as it's set about 40 and you've proven the basement is heated, you should be good to go !

Oh, and to save some of you the effort, I've already patented the 1/2 king sheet sewed to the 1/2 king blankets for the wife and I
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I'm north of ya in Michigan fulltiming

Start with an empty basement remove the walls to the crawl space and crawl in during the day gently close the access door and look for light. Use insulation and silicone to plug all the holes.

Oil filled electric heater in the basement remove a wall panel to get it's heat into the crawl space. Oil filled don't get hot enough to start a fire.

Keep looking for places that air can get in
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Be careful of running two electric heaters and the furnace you will be drawing close to 27 amps and unless you are on a 50 amp outlet you will have to be very careful. We are running just 2 electrical heaters and tv and a couple of lights you can be over 30 amps.
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