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Old 10-01-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Heat in the toy hauler section

We plan to camp year round. My daughters sleep and play in the toy hauler area. We have no heat in the toy hauler area.
What is the safest, most economical way to provide a comfortable heat in their space?
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #2
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Electric heat is the safest heat. Most companies have heaters with tip over sensors.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:48 AM   #3
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We use a small elect. heater for the toy hauler area and works great. You may also want to consider a dehumidifier while wintering in an RV, condensation builds quick.
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Having thought about this myself..... Maybe "T" into one of the current furnace vents and run another vent in the garage area? Or maybe cutting a hole in the separating wall and installing a vent to allow air to pass through? Not sure but I would say that if the garage was going to be a bedroom then maybe insulating the bottom would help with hot/cold days.
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steveatpa, good ideal about another vent in the garage area.
I have a toy hauler too,we use a elec. heater now ,but I like your ideal better.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:10 PM   #6
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Heat in TH section

I just tested my heater in my TH. There is a vent hole near my washer/dryer setup that blows heat into my TH section. The spec sheet didn't speak of it, so I guess it was added on. I will still purchase a ceramic heater to back it up.
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:19 PM   #7
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Just be careful with the electrical heaters. Make sure you keep it under a 1500 amp draw . The wiring in these things are not really geared to a long high amperage draw . They may heat up the point of starting a fire.
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Just be careful with the electrical heaters. Make sure you keep it under a 1500 amp draw . The wiring in these things are not really geared to a long high amperage draw . They may heat up the point of starting a fire.
I think you mean 1500 watt draw which is the max you can buy a space heater as far as I know. 1500 AMP isn't gonna run on a 30 or 50 AMP RV circuit.

That said, I've run 1500 watt heaters in 30 amp campers for years and as long as you pick a outlet on a circuit that doesn't share any high draw items with it, you will be fine. What I do is plug a hair dryer in the bathroom GFI outlet, turn it on fan or low so I can hear it and then go to my breaker box and start turning off breakers until I identify which breaker that is. Then I identify what breaker the microwave is on. Lastly the AC. Turn those breakers off and see what outlets you have left and pick one that works for where you want the heater.

You can use those other areas, just know those items I mentioned are high draw along with anything else that has a heating element in it (Toaster, Coffee maker, hot plate, etc.) As long as your not running two of those type items on the same circuit, you'll be fine.

I bought one similar to this https://www.homedepot.com/p/Northwes...D012/206551389

Has a 750 watt and 1500 watt setting along with a thermostat/temp knob that you adjust to find the temp where you want it to kick the heater and fan back on. Plus you can turn the flames off or on if you want a little fireplace flicker ambiance ;-)
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Don't know what all season looks like for you, but that single vent from the furnace doesn't do that much. You are right to start looking for auxillary heat, if I have people staying in the back, I run a oil filled heater. If temps are going to be near freezing, that still will not be sufficient.
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We plan to camp year round. My daughters sleep and play in the toy hauler area. We have no heat in the toy hauler area.
What is the safest, most economical way to provide a comfortable heat in their space?
We are spending our first year full timers in our Road Warrior toy hauler. So far this winter we have been in Ohio, Ky., Tenn., SC., Ga, Fl., Al., Miss., La., Texas, NM., and are in Arizona right now. In Kentucky and Tenn. it was down below 20 degrees at night and we had our low point drains freeze on us. As far as the garage section heating we keep our ramp closed installed the plastic on the 3 season doors, leave our door open between the living room and garage plus use a electric heater in there.
We did January in Texas Hill Country, Lake Medina Thousands Trails park, and it would get chilly in the 30s at night. In Casa Grande Arizona it does get down into the 30's here. With the set up we do it is okay in the garage at night.
Be careful about installing insulation underneath because of the fuel tanks. I was told by the manufacture because of the fuel fumes from the tanks is why they do not install insulation under there. Check before you do this to be safe
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Unless you leave the adjoining door open, putting a heat duct into the garage will be of little help. A forced air system needs a return air to function properly. You cant force air into a box. It needs to be able to get back out. Its like blowing into a pop bottle. You could add a return air, but Im guessing the manufacturer didn't due to possible fumes in the garage. The furnace might not be sized for the extra area either. It might just make the rest of the camper cooler by stealing the heat. If on services, the electric heater would be the most sensible. Short of adding a second propane furnace, this makes the most sense.
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If I was going to use the garage more than occasional, I would consider installing a small front discharge propane furnace.
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If you usually camp and have electric, an electric heater would be the way to go. If you boondock a significant portion of the time, a Propane heater would likely be the better bet. Good Luck, Stay Warm!
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