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Old 12-11-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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Do most of you have a furnace in the campers, or do you depend on sites with electric and use an electric heater? I sure don't like this nasty cold weather, I wish I could just pack up and run away.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:52 PM   #2
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Do most of you have a furnace in the campers, or do you depend on sites with electric and use an electric heater? I sure don't like this nasty cold weather, I wish I could just pack up and run away.
I have furnace and have set my trailer up to be off the grid, no electricity other than battery, solar to recharge the battery.
When we camp in the winter we join some of your neighbors in places like Death Valley, Lake Mead, Big Bend Tx, Organ Cactus Pipe National Monument. Warmer places but the furnace still runs at night and when we wake up. It's nice to be able to reach the thermostat and warm up the trailer before getting out of bed.
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I do both. I have a low power propane furnace (1.8 amps) and a solar panel that lets me run it as much as necessary, but I also carry a small ceramic cube electric heater. When, like now, I'm in a park with electric hookups, I use them to save propane. While it is 60 degrees out this afternoon here at Buckskin Mountain State Park, AZ, it will get down to the low 40's tonight and heat will be appreciated!
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I use the propane furnace when off grid (small solar to recharge) and electrical when at a state park with power.

Jon, is the Christmas Arizona Round Up happening at the Buckskin this week? I attended it a couple of years ago and we all headed up for a fun day at the Desert Bar. Good memories of Buckskin.
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I do both. I have a low power propane furnace (1.8 amps) and a solar panel that lets me run it as much as necessary, but I also carry a small ceramic cube electric heater. When, like now, I'm in a park with electric hookups, I use them to save propane. While it is 60 degrees out this afternoon here at Buckskin Mountain State Park, AZ, it will get down to the low 40's tonight and heat will be appreciated!
We're considering going to Buckskin before or after our stay in Quartzsite. What's the park like? Preferred sites?
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Its a pretty nice little park. Sites 66, 62 & 58 are the closest to the water with nice views - they also have some picnic/cabana type sites on the left as you come into the park that people like in poor weather.
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I'm in Site 2 on the Ranger Road. While it isn't on the river, it was one of the few that was available for a 2 week reservation. Not sure why since the park is pretty much empty.

My site is close to the bathroom, however it is unheated, and only the sinks & showers are available until they get the drains fixed. Great views of the California side mountains, a fun & easy hike to some abandoned copper mines, etc. Some photos on my travel journal at 2014 Trip.

I'll be there until the 23, then moving to Cattail Cove State Park about 11 miles up the Colorado River until January 6th.

Carol - the roundup was last week while I was still at Lost Dutchman. I met one hanger on that left the day I arrived.

On Edit - I missed the "Christmas" in your question - there was an antique trailer gathering here last week that included many fiberglass railers, however I haven't heard about anything around Christmas...
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Mary Ann,

Ginny likes electricity when it's cold and that's just about everywhere this year except Florida; in reality Ginny would prefer FL this year.

We have been hugging the Tex/Mex border and most nights have been below freezing.
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We have been hugging the Tex/Mex border and most nights have been below freezing.
I hear if you hug one another it will help keep you warmer…
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Carol - the roundup was last week while I was still at Lost Dutchman. I met one hanger on that left the day I arrived.

On Edit - I missed the "Christmas" in your question - there was an antique trailer gathering here last week that included many fiberglass railers, however I haven't heard about anything around Christmas...
I think they called the December meet the "Christmas" meet or at least they did last year.
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Do most of you have a furnace in the campers, or do you depend on sites with electric and use an electric heater? I sure don't like this nasty cold weather, I wish I could just pack up and run away.

I think my post got high jacked. Thanks to those who posted about your heaters.
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Mary Ann,

Like most people when it's cold our primary heater is a small 1500 watt electric heater, $15 at Walmarts. We do have a propane heater but rarely use it. The electric heater seems to be capable of keeping us comfortable to the teens. We also use a twin sized electric blanket on our bed.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:42 AM   #13
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When our trailer was all electric we had to stay in motels until we were far enough south to find campgrounds with electric. Our trailer has since had a propane furnace and cooktop installed. When I leave my son's in Indianapolis on Dec 29 I'll have my furnace on low. Pretty hard to climb in a bed that's been at below freezing temps all day. In parks/campgrounds I'll use the electric heater or the propane furnace depending on the situation.
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So, you are going to tow the trailer with the propane heat on low while empty? Seems wasteful and dangerous, particularly when pulling into gas stations.
Seems to me the heater will heat the trailer real quick, in a matter of minutes, once you turn it on at your destination.
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