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hammer21661

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I went to the camper (in sig) to exercise the generator. Well it was pretty cool outside, so I turned on a tower heater about 6 or 8 inches oblonged and 2- 2.5 foot high. I went in the garage and turned on the heat. I was told it had a heat strip in the A/C. I turned the thermostat to heat and went about picking the rv apart for warranty things, cause we are taking it to dealer for service,nothing major. The temp in the camper was 57deg F. in the 10 minutes we were fooling around in the camper the temp in the main part of the rv got up to 65 with the door open. The garage was still 57. I could be wrong but shouldn't the temperature have come up some. I mean if it can't heat the thing up when it was upper 40s low 50s out it is useless or broke. Dealer said basically don't expect too much out of it.Am I out of line thinking the thing should have gotten a little bit warmer.


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Sounds about right. Camper furnaces are not all that efficient.


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Hi,

A 1500 watt heater does about 5000 btu's. The propane furnace may do 30,000 btu's.


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a heat strip, tower heater, do not put out much heat. neit4her does a heat pump IMHO.
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The heat strip in my a.c. will roast you out of the camper. At 38 degrees, outside temp, with the bunks open, I have to set it barely on the red. How big is your camper? Although I think you stated 57-65 in 10 minutes. That isn't terrible.


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I had a heat strip attached to the roof air in my last coach. Brand new A/C and heatstrip. The heat strip was almost useless. It never did put out much heat so I stopped using it completely.


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Heat Strips a waste of $$. Had them in first class A.
AC with Heat Pump better.


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allen8106 wrote:

Sounds about right. Camper furnaces are not all that efficient.


Believe he is talking about a heat strip in the AC, not the furnice.

As for the heat strips. In our experiance. They are pretty much useless. It is the same as turning on a hair dryer, and trying to heat the RV.


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my toys wrote:

The heat strip in my a.c. will roast you out of the camper. At 38 degrees, outside temp, with the bunks open, I have to set it barely on the red. How big is your camper? Although I think you stated 57-65 in 10 minutes. That isn't terrible.


you have a very rare heat strip.
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The heat strip is on the a/c in the garage it didn't increase the temp at all,according to the thermostat in the 10' garage. The little tower brought the temp up almost 10 degreesin the main part of the camper.

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