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pianotuna

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Posted: 09/29/20 12:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dedmiston wrote:



I agree in theory, but I also think it depends on the cubic feet volume of the trailer. Ours is a 44' fifth wheel with three slides and high ceilings. Our buddy heater won't burn through all that O2 in one night.


I am not concerned about O2 depletion. I'm concerned about CO production and other combustion products. All blue flame heaters do produce CO. Low level exposure is not good.

Every year some folks die in my Province from CO. It is not even news anymore.


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pianotuna wrote:

I'm concerned about CO production and other combustion products. .
And water vapor.

A furnace is designed for this but a lot of peeps sure want to avoid that. I have a buddy heater but it sure doesn't heat anywhere near what my furnace can, and it really eats propane.

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Its all of the above. Some dry campers have kids and adults who watch movies and play games. Which normally requires the genny running.

Anytime the generator is running crank your electric heaters.
At night if youre watching a movie and dont want to hear the loud furnace use the catalytic heater.
In the middle of the night set your thermostat and use the furnace. Should be just fine with all that battery power you have.

edit: to be clear sometimes at night you can watch movies using battery power and the inverter. or a laptop. so obviously the generator would be off and ideally you would have quiet heat.

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wopachop wrote:

At night if youre watching a movie and dont want to hear the loud furnace use the catalytic heater..
This is where I must be different from all others. My furnace is not loud.

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2oldman,

Mine is not loud either.

For those that want to use no power there are many vented combustion heaters. They may cost more--but would you drive on tires that have aged out?

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