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Posted: 05/22/19 11:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

way2roll wrote:



One note, open a bath roof vent or something. A by product of LP burning is water vapor and will drive up the humidity in your RV.


No need to open a vent. Running a furnace does not produce water vapor inside the trailer.

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Matt_Colie wrote:

I cannot find it in the specifications, but if it is a single battery, then it is a bad bet. With any single battery and a 30K heater by anybody, it will want about 10 amps when the fan is running. That will kill any normal battery before morning.

So, if you run that heater more than about 6 hours from a fully charged battery, it may go down.

If you come back tomorrow with more about your house bank and what the heater is, I can give you a more accurate answer. You may not like it any better, but it will be closer.

Matt


I know I only have 1 battery but I am not sure what it is. I bought the trailer used but my best guess is that it is the batter that came on the trailer from the manufacturer.

Let's assume I was to get a new battery (or two) for this purpose. Would it be best to get two Group 24 batteries and run them in tandem? Would this ensure that I can make it through the night.

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janstey58 wrote:

At 50 degrees I would have the windows open and enjoy the cool air. Or just use extra blankets and take off the chill in the AM when you wake up. Just other options.


Agree.

When the last person goes to bed, turn the furnace OFF, bundle up with blankets or use body heat to stay nice and toasty. First person up in the morning, turn the furnace back on. (Windows open - optional but a good idea)


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way2roll wrote:



One note, open a bath roof vent or something. A by product of LP burning is water vapor and will drive up the humidity in your RV.


No need to open a vent. Running a furnace does not produce water vapor inside the trailer.


Agree. All the burning of propane by the furnace, is done outside the RV and/or exhausted outside the RV. Now, using propane stove top, or oven is a different matter.

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“Would it be best to get two Group 24 batteries and run them in tandem?”

Buying Group 24 batteries by anyone except those that almost always plugin isn’t a wise decision IMO.


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For reference, the Group 29 battery in my popup will run the furnace all night when the outside temp is in the mid 20s, and the furnace runs a LOT when it's that cold. If your battery is up to snuff you should be fine.


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SoonerWing03 wrote:



I know I only have 1 battery but I am not sure what it is. I bought the trailer used but my best guess is that it is the batter that came on the trailer from the manufacturer.

Let's assume I was to get a new battery (or two) for this purpose. Would it be best to get two Group 24 batteries and run them in tandem? Would this ensure that I can make it through the night.


Batteries on towables are NOT installed by manufacturers, they are dealer-installed items.
A lot depends on if you plan on doing more dry camping or boondocking, in the future. If so, a dual battery setup will be better.


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One rule of thumb is one battery, one night. Be sure to fully charge before you leave on the trip. You may wish to start the furnace one hour before you stop driving--that way any "long run" may be mostly covered by the alternator.


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stop over at wal mart get the biggest marine deep cycle on the shelf. two would be better. and go camping

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SoonerWing03 wrote:

Let's assume I was to get a new battery (or two) for this purpose. Would it be best to get two Group 24 batteries and run them in tandem? Would this ensure that I can make it through the night.

Two 6v golf cart batteries for the win

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