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Old 09-15-2005, 10:38 PM   #1
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Does anyone use alternative heaters other than the furnace thats equiped with your RV? Like an electric heater or a olympian catalytic heater?

The RV furnace burns alot of fuel and most the heat is wasted as exhaust expeled outside.

What worke good in very cold weather that can be safely run all night while sleeping?

How about these gas catalytic heaters, are they safe while you sleep?

What about electric?

Any recommendations of a good unit?

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Does anyone use alternative heaters other than the furnace thats equiped with your RV? Like an electric heater or a olympian catalytic heater?

The RV furnace burns alot of fuel and most the heat is wasted as exhaust expeled outside.

What worke good in very cold weather that can be safely run all night while sleeping?

How about these gas catalytic heaters, are they safe while you sleep?

What about electric?

Any recommendations of a good unit?

Thanks Rick
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:54 PM   #3
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Also are there any RV parts and supplyers web sites that have good prices?
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Old 09-16-2005, 02:35 AM   #4
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I've got two small 1,500W electric heaters that we use in the coach. One goes up front, say on the doghouse cover, the other is back in the bedroom. Works well and temperature is comfy until outdoors gets down to about 40 degrees or lower. Then the LP furnace comes on as needed. These little electric heaters can be radiant or ceramic, cost $20 to $40, and are generally found at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.
Some people use the gas catalytic units, but I won't; I'm just skittish about the carbon monoxide thing. I have used a little LP catalytic in a tent many years ago, but felt 'safer' with breathable tent fabric.
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One thing to remember is that the furnace does supply enough heat to the holding tanks in very cold temps to keep them from freezing. Make sure if you use optional heat that the furnace is set to come on some to prevent breaking pipes or tanks. Also remember that the catalytic type heaters will expell moisture and result in more condensation. Leave some venting for fresh air too, if you use them.
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Almost always, what depends if on SP. When connected to SP use 1500w space heater in FW and one in basement with remote on/off. Will put heat in basement only when temp. goes below 30.Have a vented catalytic heater that can keep the BR/Bath hot but needs to be serviced. Dust is the main problem with cat. heaters. If dry camping use Mr. Heater propane heater w/extended hose, if tank becomes empty will switch to 1 lb. bottle, (1 lb. lasts 6 hrs.). If really cold will run furnace to heat basement as needed. Have Prosine inverter and six T-105's but always try to conserve. Furnace is big drain on batteries and waste of propane. Almost forgot about heat strips in both air cond., takes off chill but hardly ever use, would not buy again. I recommend and use a propane leak detector often.
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We use electric ceramic heaters (1 in living area and 1 in bedroom) for primary heat. The propane furnace is set to come on only if it gets cold enough that the electric heaters can't handle it, which is extremely rare.

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