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Old 10-11-2016, 01:53 PM   #15
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Thank you all for the advice. I have just located a campground close enough to my event that I can commute with my rig (since I don't tow). My coach has electric heat as well as gas so electric at night while plugged in and propane during the day if needed.
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Just remember electric heat typically doesn't circulate to the basement areas to keep pipes warm. Not that you should hit real cold weather, but be conscious.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:07 AM   #17
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Just remember electric heat typically doesn't circulate to the basement areas to keep pipes warm. Not that you should hit real cold weather, but be conscious.
Oh my!. I didn't realize that! thanks for the heads up. Is the lack of circulation because electric heat is a heat pump and vented differently than the propane heat? I apologize if that sounds stupid but I am really new to RV-ing and not mechanical at all.
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Old 10-12-2016, 07:36 AM   #18
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Oh my!. I didn't realize that! thanks for the heads up. Is the lack of circulation because electric heat is a heat pump and vented differently than the propane heat? I apologize if that sounds stupid but I am really new to RV-ing and not mechanical at all.
your heat pump will not work below 40 degrees F. Propane from there which is fan forced through the ducting at the floor.

most people also run a small cube heater to help keep the furnace from running as much. I have a smaller RV - View- at 8 degrees I used about 3 gal of propane in 12 hours and using a cube heater, tanks were winterized.

at 18 degrees not winterized I used a cube heater and propane and used about 1.5 gal over the same time. I also put a trouble light (cheap at home depot) in the wet bay to keep it from freezing up. Don't be afraid to run you gen, that's what it is there for.

As a mechanic told me... never had a problem with a well used gen, however ones that almost never run are always a problem.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:26 AM   #19
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Oh my!. I didn't realize that! thanks for the heads up. Is the lack of circulation because electric heat is a heat pump and vented differently than the propane heat? I apologize if that sounds stupid but I am really new to RV-ing and not mechanical at all.
Ya, its the circulation. The furnace has ductwork to your basement to heat the pipes, whereas using electric heaters or the fireplace would not circulate that heat to the basement.

As NYBobbo stated, on a heat pump it doesn't really matter because your heat pumps are going to shut down <40 degrees or so and force the furnace to come on anyway.
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