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Old 05-06-2013, 07:11 AM   #1
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I have a Burro without a heater......since I plan to camp in Yellowstone, heat would be nice. Anyone added a heater? Costs? Thanks....
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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Love to chime in here. I bought a Mr Heater last year to off set having to use out house heater during the winter when were only in certains parts of the house. No need to heat the whole house if your not using it right! With my Mr Heater our ele bill dropped.
So now I am planning to use it in the camper as others have. You can use the small tanks or the bigger tanks. It can be moved to outdoors or where ever. I bet since it is not the winter months you can get a great deal on on now. They are vent free but you always would want to put in a leak detect-er. I got the Big Mr Heater and I have small bottles of propane for just in case but use the 20 lb tanks. Not planning to use the rv tanks at all.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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Hi Linda,

You might find that Mr Heater is too warm for a small trailer. I believe their smallest model is 4K BTU with no thermostat (it's either on or off). We used a Coleman cat in our Casita 17. We usually ran it on high (3K BTU) for only several minutes and then cut back to low (1.5K) for the evening. I guess it depends on when you are going to Yellowstone. The built-in furnace is comfortable but expensive and uses a lot from the battery.

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Old 05-08-2013, 10:01 PM   #4
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I recommend having some outside ventilation when using a heater than burns any kind of fuel in a small space. We have used a Mr Heater in our Uhaul with a window slightly open. We never leave it on when sleeping.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:14 PM   #5
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Certainly. I think Coleman recommends as little as six square inches of ventilation. Not very much. We don't use it overnight either.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:20 PM   #6
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well now is the time you might see some used vented marine boat heaters for sale on ebay! something with a low to no poser useage and less btu's then the furnace.
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I have a Burro without a heater......since I plan to camp in Yellowstone, heat would be nice. Anyone added a heater? Costs? Thanks....
Mr Heater doesn't work at altitude. We have a 13' Scamp and have used a Coleman Black Cat, but is way to warm for such a little space, so now we use a Coleman Sport Cat (smaller and works great for our space). We can get a couple of nights of use on just 1 one pound propane bottle.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:07 AM   #8
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I use a small electric space heater in mine but when I camp in the cold I always have electric hookups. They only cost $20-$30. That's cheap.
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We also use a small electric heater that has a thermostat. We removed the original propane furnace as it was not reliable. I'm assuming that Linda wants to camp where electric hookups are not available.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:30 PM   #10
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We were in a similar situation several years ago. I ended up opting for a more expensive solution that should be great for many years.

I mounted a small Olympic catalytic heater to the inside of the bathroom door. With this installation you normally heat the trailer with the door open. But a couple of minutes with the door closed gets the bathroom nice and toasty warm for those cold mornings.

Of course you could do the same with a Mr. Buddy portable heater, by placing it inside the bathroom for a few minutes.

Note: I feel a bit convicted, having installed an expensive heater since I was the one who originated the KISS thread a few days ago! :>(

So, you see, I don't always act according to my own philosophy.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:46 PM   #11
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I love my Mr Heater. I have the big one and I will say wow, they do put out some heat. Even with just the pilot lite it can maintain some heat. I will buy the small one for the trailer and ya I will have the ele heat too. These campers are not air tight. And they have alarms to alert you if there is danger Will Robertson.
But that is just me. Someone wrote about the gas heaters they use in boats. They are sweet but big bucks. They also have the same kind but in a little fire box where you can burn wood. I know this because I was going to build one of those Tiny Houses you heard about.
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Mr Heater doesn't work at altitude. We have a 13' Scamp and have used a Coleman Black Cat, but is way to warm for such a little space, so now we use a Coleman Sport Cat (smaller and works great for our space). We can get a couple of nights of use on just 1 one pound propane bottle.
For two seasons now I have used a Mr Heater Portable Buddy in a 13 foot Boler at 4900 feet with absolutely no problems of altitude effecting it. Of course I ensure good fresh air ventilation and sometimes provide additional fresh air because it often heats up the Boler to much even on the low setting. They should have called it a "Little Hottie".
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #13
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Yellowstone and heaters reminded me of Peterh's & Lynn's trip to the park. For a GREAT story, read Peter's thread (especially if you want to know about heaters at elevation) The first page of posts made me laugh so hard my eyes were leaking!: Trials and Tribulations: Dry campng with our Solar Panel
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For two seasons now I have used a Mr Heater Portable Buddy in a 13 foot Boler at 4900 feet with absolutely no problems of altitude effecting it. Of course I ensure good fresh air ventilation and sometimes provide additional fresh air because it often heats up the Boler to much even on the low setting. They should have called it a "Little Hottie".
We tend to not thinking of 5,000 ft as much elevation, as we generally camp in Colorado at the 10,000 ft level. Heater Buddy does NOT work at ??? elevation that is written on the box.
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