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Old 04-16-2014, 01:17 PM   #1
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Heaters electric or propane

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I'm wondering for winter time are electric heaters or propane heaters better I do have a furnace and generator and my coach is a 30 amp but as far as Boon-dock camping on cold nights which one is best any input or opinions and brands thank you
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Well the propane furnace is close to 40,000 BTU. Portable electric heaters are about 5,000 BTU. If you are boondocking, you pretty much need to run the propane furnace. If you had 50 amp electric at a campground, running several electric heaters will save on propane used.
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Boondocking but not running your genny, you'll have to use your propane furnace. Boondocking & running your genny, with a 30A coach, you can run your electric heat (if you have it) or some space heaters. However you will have to be sure the space heaters aren't on the same circuit & if on different circuits, aren't (combined) over your max amp allowance.

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When dry camping without shore power, be aware the blower on the furnace uses 12v battery power. Watch your battery consumption. Our coach has two furnaces and we can block off the bedroom and run just the rear furnace at night. This reduces 12 volt and propane consumption considerably. Also a down comforter on the bed is a very good thing.
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I am a fan of this little ceramic heater. I have dogs and it is very safe with them in the MH.

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Hi Cola ny,
The electric heaters usually take 12 1/2 AMPS (on the high setting). With a 30 AMP coach you can see how you'll run out of electricity quickly with two heaters (on different breakers). For me, the electric heaters augment the propane furnace not replace it.
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All of the above answers give good advice. Propane would be my call.
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My call is. Never boon-dock in a area that gets cold.
Has worked for me.

If in area it does get cold. Stay at a campground with full hook up and run my Heat pump. And never stay in a area that is too cold for the heat pump to work.
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If cost is your concern forget electric heat and running the genset. Propane @ $1.55G, gasoline @ $3.80G. Genset uses about 1/2-3/4G per hr, LP furnace uses less than 1/4G per hr., and will not be constantly running like genset.
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If I have shore power, I prefer to use the CG's electricity. You can always run a heavy duty extension cord out of the RV to the pedistal to avoid over loading your 30A circuit.
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For us, it is a small electric heater to help on those time when it gets cold. There are times that we will be boon docking for up to three weeks and need a little 'extra' heat. For us it is easier to add diesel fuel then propane, so we will run the generator a little more. During hunting season, we set up several MH's/TT as a base camp. We also have some one that brings up supplies to us about half way through our stays, hence we can get diesel. Besides we also need more fuel for the ATV's that we have with us.
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We use an electric heater to take the chill out of the MH using the CGs power. We bought a Dyson heater/fan and it does a nice job of warming it up.
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[QUOTE="Cola ny;2012476"]Hello everyone I'm new at this and I'm wondering for winter time are electric heaters or propane heaters better I do have a furnace and generator and my coach is a 30 amp but as far as Boon-dock camping on cold nights which one is best any input or opinions and brands thank you[/QUOTE

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We use a propane/catalytic heater (above) for heat when off the grid. I plumbed a quick connect under the sink and tapped into coach propane. Have camped in zero degree weather comfortably with our Wave 6. When hooked up we use the coach heater. We have a 32' class c.
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We too use a propane ventless heater when boondocking, although I always crack a window. Like Sparky, we have a quick-connect in the kitchen that taps into the coach's tank. It uses about 1/2 to 3/4 pounds per hour and heats our 32' MH in temps down to the teens. When temps get below the teens for any length of time we supplement the ventless heater with the furnace in order to heat the wet bay areas. We also use an oil-filled heater when plugged in.
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