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catallison777

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Do any of y'all use the mr heater big buddy while camping? I thought it would. Be a good idea for Boondocking because it doesn't have to have power. The only thing im concerned about is the carbon monoxide. Even though it does say safe for indoors. I read somewhere that it does deplete the oxygen in the air, so you do have to leave a window open.

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I have one and use it for those times when caught in cold weather. I open a window far from the heater, then open a roof vent a couple of inches. So far I am alive to report that this works for me.
Of course....I never use it at night when we are sleeping.


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This is what I plan to get. I know people who have used it in their RV safely for years: Olympian Wave 6. You might also check out this from Tioga George's Blog: Catalytic Heaters


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I've used one for years in a very small camper, it works great. It has never caused the CO detector alarm to go off. The only thing I don't like about it is it won't work at high altitudes because of the built in low oxygen shutdown.

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Hi,

Bite the bullet and get a platinum cat. It sips power, is vented and is thermostatically controlled. But the #1 reason is that it is SAFE.


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I occasionally use the Buddy Heater when boondocking in extremely cold weather. It is good to provide some ventilation, as described above, however, the heater is designed to shut off if the O2 level drops too low. I think the pilot needs a certain minimum level of O2 to remain lit. Also, your rig should already have a CO monitor. I suggest you verify it functions and replace it if it is not performing or is out of date. If you use a bulk LP tank, you might consider setting it outdoors and use a long hose through a window (which will also provide some ventilation).


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I have used one for the past 4 years without any issues. I looked at one of the Waves but getting them here is difficult and expensive. Local place had the Big Buddy heaters on for a really good price so I bought one. I have a long line and it is hooked up to a 20# propane tank. I crack a window around a 1/4" and just have one vent cracked open and it works really good. As mentioned make sure you have a working CO detector. Only time mine has gone off is when batteries get low and one time while staying at a friends I started the MH to let it warm up and went into the house to get coffee, came out and walk door had opened a bit and exhaust was getting into the MH. Heater itself has been great and I have used it a fair bit as we tend to take our long trips in the fall.





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We have used a buddy heater for the last two years. Works good,we added small battery operated fan to move the heat around.Our trailer is small 20'. So it does not take allot to warm it up.
The vent fan opening over the stove provides enough fresh air. CO has only gone off when I light the buddy, but has never gone off during operation.
I purchased a small D cell battery operated O2 fan off of ebay. Works great to move the air on low.

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We use a Mr. Heater - Portable Heater when we are not connected to shore power. Our rig is about 200 sq.ft. and the heater does a good job at low setting. On very cold mornings I'll fire-up the heater at it's high setting, get back in bed and wait awhile. Once it has warmed the rig, I set it to low and enjoy the warm environment with a cup of coffee. Oh yes, DW appreciates the morning routine as well.


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We have been using one for the last 7 years with no issues. We use our rig 12 months of the year and here in NW Washington that means the heater runs 24-7 for a week at a time often. I had a long propane specific hose made and have the heater connected to our 50 gallon coach tank. The instructions say to provide a source of fresh air equal to a 3" diameter hole and we slightly open a roof vent to take care of that.This is our previous coach.




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