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Jwpup

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Hi,

I’m new to the RV world, just started making family trips in a new travel trailer (forest river wolf pup). But temperatures are dropping and the heater that came with the camper is horrendously loud. It wakes us up every time it kicks on at night.

All of our camping is without hookups and we are trying to find out if there’s a better alternative for heating the unit at night, without a noisy fan, and without draining the batteries. Any ideas?

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John

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there are heaters that use no power and vent through the wall of the RV.


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Jwpup wrote:

Hi,

I’m new to the RV world, just started making family trips in a new travel trailer (forest river wolf pup). But temperatures are dropping and the heater that came with the camper is horrendously loud. It wakes us up every time it kicks on at night.

All of our camping is without hookups and we are trying to find out if there’s a better alternative for heating the unit at night, without a noisy fan, and without draining the batteries. Any ideas?

Thanks,

John


if you have no hookups, then the only option i know of, instead of the furnace, is a Mr Buddy heater.


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I do not dry camp so really can not give much help on alternative heat source. I would however stay away from any type of propane radiant heat, such as the Buddy Heater. Your unit is to air tight to use that indoors.
I would hope that after time you will get used to the on board furnace. Just remember also that it uses a lot of propane so have a good supply handy.

Depending where you camp a generator may be an answer but then at night that noise could be worse.


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Hi,

I use an Olympian Wave Heater (6000 BTU), plumbed into the onboard propane, in our 22' trailer.
When I first got it, I ran it on high, overnight, with the trailer sealed up as tight as I could get it (I wasn't in the trailer), with two (new) digital readout CO detectors inside. When I checked in the morning, both detectors read zero. None the less, I leave the bath vent open in the rear of the trailer and crack a window open in the front.
Takes awhile to warm up the trailer on it's own so we sometimes use the furnace for quick warm ups.
Dust is the enemy of these things though. I keep it covered (or stored in a box) when not in use.

Tried a Buddy Heater, but didn't like them (smell and headache).

Experimented with heat exchange on water heater, but couldn't get enough heat.

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Posted: 11/30/20 07:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Personally I would never trust any unvented heater, catalytic or not.

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What we have done in the past is use a little buddy on low, when it was cold enough that it couldnt keep up, the thermostat was set for the furnace to kick in at 50.
With the one we just bought, I'm installing the smallest camco, and going to use it the same way. The camco's are very easy on propane, quiet, and with the furnace as a backup, the little 3000 btuh should be great for our 26' motorhome.

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Posted: 11/30/20 07:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we use a Olympian Wave Heater when boondocking. we plumbed it in at the stove with a "T" and it works great. these are made to use indoors and are perfectly safe if installed and used correctly.


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Plenty of good advice on use of Wave 6 here:Wave propane heater


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PamfromVA wrote:

we use a Olympian Wave Heater when boondocking. we plumbed it in at the stove with a "T" and it works great. these are made to use indoors and are perfectly safe if installed and used correctly.
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Plumbed mine from refrig supply.

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