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Old 11-22-2005, 05:48 AM   #1
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I want to leave the heat on at about 50 degrees..I am all winterized, but believe that wood maintains itself better (personal belief) when kept at a more neutral temp. My question is this..(3 fold)...which is the better heat..the electric (heat pump) or the gas to use...and secondly with a 35,000btu furnace w/ only a 15/20 amp input, can I even use the electric?..or 3rdly..should I be looking at one of the ceramic or ? type heaters?
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Old 11-22-2005, 05:48 AM   #2
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I want to leave the heat on at about 50 degrees..I am all winterized, but believe that wood maintains itself better (personal belief) when kept at a more neutral temp. My question is this..(3 fold)...which is the better heat..the electric (heat pump) or the gas to use...and secondly with a 35,000btu furnace w/ only a 15/20 amp input, can I even use the electric?..or 3rdly..should I be looking at one of the ceramic or ? type heaters?
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Old 11-22-2005, 08:48 AM   #3
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I kind of agree with your belief there. Anytime you keep anything at a moderate temperature, rather than extreme hot or cold, it's gotta be better for it. The question is - when is it cost effective to do so?

Being in Idaho, I'm going to assume that you probably have a fairly long and cold winter, similar to Wisconsin. Then again, Idaho is a big state so you may have it a bit better than we do. If you want to heat it, it will cost you in energy, regardless of which method of heat you want to use.

If you want to use the heat pumps, you are probably not going to be able to run them on a 20 amp circuit. The other caveat is that heat pumps don't work well below 40 degrees and they ice up once you hit 32. It's a very inefficient way to use electricity. The advantage is that there is no "tank" to run empty because you are plugged into shore power. It sure does make the light meter spin though.

Ceramic heaters are nice as auxiliary heaters for when the coach is occupied but I wouldn't care to leave it on while unoccupied because of concerns of fire. It also doesn't circulate the heat around the whole coach.

The propane furnace is the best method to heat the coach. It is easily controlled by the thermostat and the blower fans will circulate the heat all around the coach. The drawback is that sooner or later (probably sooner) you are going to run out of propane and you'll have to refuel. You can add an ExtendaStay tee to your coach to allow feeding it by an external 100 lb tank. At least that way you don't have to move the coach to refill the tank. You just have to swap tanks every now and then.

The biggest decision you will have to make is - Is it worth it? I don't bother because it would get pretty expensive and I haven't seen any damage from sitting in the cold and, for the short times I do heat it, the propane gauge does drop a fair amount.
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Old 11-22-2005, 09:03 AM   #4
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I agree with the LP furnance being the best heating source, as most newer RV's run a vent hose down to the Tank area of the RV. Helps keep all the moisture and cold air out.

But then you could also move to Florida--Central or South.
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Old 11-23-2005, 07:37 AM   #5
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I have often thought that it would be a lot easier now that we have the MH to just park it in Arizona or someplace like that... ..but then reality sets in and we realize that we have grandkids still playing sports so here we stay..Temp's in Meridian will typically stay in the low 20's to mid 40's in winters..some times colder..others on another message board mentioned that they use an oil (enclosed) heater..any knowledge of that? If heating the MH does have the potential to help keep the wood, etc. a little better I am willing to take the expense (I Think)
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Old 11-23-2005, 04:01 PM   #6
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I think your going to cause yourself more problems and certainly a lot of expense.Anytime you heat a Trailer or a Motor Home your going to create moisture. Thats a bigger problem. Save your money and just park it.IMHO

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Heat pumps will not work in temps below about 40 degrees. You choices will be cut down to electric or lp gas as a source of fuel. If you have winterized the unit the holding tanks and water lines will be ok unheated. Since the cost of lp is probably high that electricity in cost; it might be the most efficient way to go. Now if you want the most fun way; go way down south!
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As Mike noted, heat pumps are pretty much usless once you reach 40 dF outside temperature. As the out side temp drops, a heat pump is less and les efficient. You will wind up going to your back up heat whether it is electric or propane.

The best way to keep warm is to move south until you are warm enough.

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The south is where the heat pump comes into play and is very helpful because the temps rarely go below 40.

currently parked at Apache CG, Myrtle Beach and using the heat pump
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