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Old 11-29-2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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most efficient boondocking heater ???

ok you boondockers, your question. what do you find is the most efficient heaters you use to heat your rvs. remember the question is not for 120 volt pluged into cg power.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:19 PM   #2
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We use aBuddy Heaters Model No: MH18B - Big Buddy in our 30' class A. You will have to keep a window opened a little. You can use the small dispossable cylinders or you can get a hose with adapters and use a 20" cylinder. We put ous outside and run the house in through one of the front windows. Thsi heater keeps the heat around 65 deg on the low setting.



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Old 11-29-2012, 02:21 PM   #3
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Boaters have had small wood pellet, diesel, or LP heaters that would work in an RV. Boats are even more space starved than an RV. Here's a wood heater that not only heats but also generates electricity.


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Old 11-29-2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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IF your RV has it's own forced air furnace, this is your best choice.

Else... I have no recommendation as I read too many stories about folks using unvented heaters in small spaces.. I have been reading these stories nearly every year for over 25 years... Of course today's non-vented heaters often have safety devices... I don't trust them. I do trust some other safety devices, but not those.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:15 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by BFlinn181 View Post
Boaters have had small wood pellet, diesel, or LP heaters that would work in an RV. Boats are even more space starved than an RV. Here's a wood heater that not only heats but also generates electricity.

4K for a 10"X26" heater? Or did I get the wrong one on their web site?
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:10 PM   #6
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I've Boondocked while playing in So Cal deserts for over 30 years. Keep in mind this for us, we never run the forced air unit all night as its too darn noisy for us and takes way too much power. First one up around daylight switches it on if its really cold and if not I just fire up the Buddy heater run on disposable bottles. We like sleeping in a cooler/cold room and we have enough blankets to adjust for anything. We have never been uncomfortable or cold . My coach has 4 6 volt battery's and 3 solar panels putting out around 11amps, I have the power but this works really well for us and we have Camped this way for years.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:04 PM   #7
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On those somewhat cold night nights, DW and I will state, "gonna" snuggle up to something big and warm. First one up turns on minimum heat and starts the coffee.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:39 PM   #8
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I've used the buddy heaters but don't care for the condensation from them. We just run the furnace. It's a bit noisy but not that bad. Ours hasn't been bad on propane either.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:59 PM   #9
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We run the furnace. Have not bought a Mr. Buddy but have been tempted sometimes. We charge the batteries with our solar, if it is sunny enough we don't have to run the genny to charge the batteries, even with the relatively large draw from the furnace blower added to our already large usage due to microwave, electronics, electric blankets etc. We've boondocked in campgrounds and ski areas with temps in the teens and single digits, always stayed warm in the coach.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:14 PM   #10
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For propane-fired heaters:

The Buddy heater's a radiant (so's the "Blue Flame") -not as efficient, fuel-use-wise, as a catalytic. For best use of propane and NO use of electricity, catalytic is in my cheapskate opinion the way to go.

Per safety:

All indoor approved propane heaters have low-oxygen shutoffs, that being the biggest threat to human life. Since the advent of that device, there've been no documented low-oxygen related deaths/ injuries from such heaters.

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