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Old 12-05-2017, 02:24 AM   #1
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Cold weather travel

Hi all. We are going to be new to cold winter travel next week. Going to northern Indiana. RV is a class A, Newmar Ventana LE. Wondering if it is safe, and legal, to use propane furnace while in motion? Electric heat pumps on roof are not designed to work below certain temps. Also, is it ok to use electric space heater in storage bay when propane furnace is in use?
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Yes, designed to be used that way and well advised too because air infiltration in through seams and holes of the basement as you are travelling will counteract whatever heat your furnace is pumping into the basement. Bit the same as wind chill on humans

When on hookups, I don't really trust my furnace to keep the tanks and plumbing above freezing so I have two cheap fan heaters - one each side - on low and supplied through the thermostat blocks that animal breeders sometimes use.
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In this link it will tell you info on traveling and what to do during cold weather camping and there is no problem keeping warm with the furnace working while traveling and will also keep tanks warm and comfy.
All the links below in my signature have information for your Newmar.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:36 PM   #4
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Just keep in mind that as long as you have it wet you have to keep it warm enough to avoid freezing. I'd treat my propane like I do my fuel and refill at the half tank mark.
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:48 PM   #5
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Also donít forget to shut it down like any propane device like fridge before pulling in to refuel.
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Tony. I'm new to the RV world and also plan on traveling during the cold months. Could you elaborate a bit on your comment above that said, "I have two cheap fan heaters - one each side - on low and supplied through the thermostat blocks that animal breeders sometimes use." Are you saying that your heaters are in the basement area? Also, can you explain "thermostat blocks"? Thanks.
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As far as I know, and understand that my knowledge is limited in this area. No laws prevent propane use save in very selected areas (Tunnels and selected bridges mostly) .. Insurance companies do not want you to run with Propane on for reasons that are mostly history now days.

I have run with furnace when needed, I will be using electric heat when I move today. Generator exercise time.
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Originally Posted by SRS-Ohio View Post
Also, can you explain "thermostat blocks"?
Google "Thermocube".
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Got it.

Originally Posted by FatChance View Post
Google "Thermocube".
Got it. Thanks!
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I've mentioned this on several posts, but install one of these:


It's simple and safer than any electric heater. Install it into your wet bay, wire it to your house batteries and set the thermostat at 40*. This is the only heat source Holiday Rambler used for years on their coaches. I had one on an 03 Phaeton and traveled in below zero weather with full water.
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I have used trouble lights with 60 W incandescent bulbs for years. No moving parts and worked great.
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