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padredw wrote:

I know we will need heat and wish to conserve the batteries as much as possible

Reisender wrote:

Howdy. We had friends in a similar situation and explored some of the options you are presently exploring. They chose to buy a 200 watt portable solar panel to just cover their extra power needs.

A worthwhile investment !

Personally, I don't mind sleeping in a cold room, even below freezing ! Extra blankets, a knit hat and I am good. They do make 12V heated mattress pads, but don't feel they are necessary.

Of course you will need something to take the chill off in the AM.

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My Buddy heater has worked okay up to 7000 feet. Haven't tried it at higher altitudes. It does give off moisture, but in the Rockies this would be a benefit because of the low humidity. I spend winters in Florida and have had no problems with the moisture. I open a side window and roof vent a crack to provide some circulation.


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Been using a Buddy for 9-10 years. Only once did it not start. We were up around 5.000' at the time and I figured that must've been why.
We've never run it at night while sleeping, only in the morning and evening before bed if needed.
Only regret is we have the small Buddy. Wish I'd bought the large one that you can adapt for use with the RV's propane. Even the small one sucks down those little green bottles fast.

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Wish I'd bought the large one that you can adapt for use with the RV's propane. Even the small one sucks down those little green bottles fast.
I removed the regulator from mine and plumbed it into my low pressure propane line with a hose.

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I've used Buddys for years. Many times at 9000' and a few at 10500. Output is less, like anything that runs on gas. But they still work. Use only during the day while you're awake. And crack a vent/window.Sleeping extra blankets at night.


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Like others have said, I have used mine for the past 10 years, I only use it just before we go to bed mostly to heat up the bathroom area so wife can take a shower in warmth. I actually like the portable one that you can put it where you want heat. Never used it at night. Only use the MH heater in the morning to take the chill off from the night temps. It really saves on battery power. It has low O2 shut off and if it is tipped over will shut off. I have only used it down to 32 F and it heats the MH fine. Worked fine at YNP ft never had it higher.

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We have used the Big Buddy heater in a 30'bumper pull since 2006. It throws off heat like a fireplace. It's quiet, puts out a ton of heat, and is safe. Crack a side window an inch or so, and crack a vent and you're good.

Thousands of deer and elk hunters use these heaters in zipped up tents all over the country. I've don't recall reading about fatalities.

They're safe.


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Love my Buddy heater. It does suck up the gas though.

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padre wrote:

We have a trip planned for early September, 2020, inside the Rocky Mountain National Park which is at an altitude of over 8000 feet. I have been considering a portable propane heater to supplement the furnace (to save battery) but note that there are alerts about them not working above certain altitudes. For example the Mr. Buddy or Big Buddy. Do any of you have experience using such heaters at high altitudes? I will appreciate your comments. I know we will need heat and wish to conserve the batteries as much as possible


I am quoting myself the OP in order to report. We did make the trip as planned. We took a catalytic heater Wave 6 which we already had for in-home use. It worked fine and was enough, though I will have to say we were having unusually warm weather UNTIL ... the September snow storm hit. We solved that problem by "getting out of Dodge!" We left RMNP 2 days early and scooted down to Colorado Springs where we did, indeed, have snow. We were probably being extra cautious but we did not want to get stranded in a high altitude campground without any hookups or access to propane. We had a wonderful trip and thanks to all who responded to my request for advice.





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