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Old 08-08-2012, 01:11 AM   #71
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august in pheonix,,,no,,,,,january in maine,,,,yes
December in Arizona - yes! Used mine a number of nights and early morning in Arizona last December
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:27 AM   #72
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I don't know why, but every time I see the title on this post I laugh, thinking about an old Saturday Night Live skit were they are always saying, "is that really necessary". Or it might have been from somewhere else, memory is not the best.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:09 AM   #73
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I'm at Turquoise Lake (Father Dyer campground - very nice) near Leadville CO at 10,000'. Last night, August 7th, it was down to 37F - While I didn't need the furnace for sleeping, it sure made it easier to get up in the morning!
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:57 PM   #74
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No furnace in my 82 Scamp...I use a Heater Buddy.I get it nice and toasty,turn it down to pilot,and crawl in to bed.In the morn,I just turn it back on.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:03 PM   #75
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Scamp Bum, how much ventilation do you keep open at night with just the pilot?
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:29 PM   #76
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I just purchased a 2008 13' Scamp. Live in OR and love winter camping. Of course our new-to-us-but-really-young-for-a-used-scamp doesn't have a furance. I've been researching ceramic heaters.

What do you guys recommend for a heater? How long will the battery pack support a plug-in heater?

I have a 1 and 3 year old, so things like fumes, grate size (little fingers touching the heater), stability and ability to turn self off when knocked over, etc really important to me.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:55 PM   #77
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A plug in heater is not very useful when combined with batteries. Anything designed to provide heat uses lots of power. For example, electric heaters typically are designed to consume 1500 watts. If you had a 12V, 1500 watt heater, it would draw 125 amps. Your battery's capability of supplying this would be calculated in a few minutes, and the wiring to the heater would need to be huge. While there are 12V heaters, they don't produce enough heat for winter camping.

A 120V ceramic heater will provide plenty of heat as long as you have a 120v power source. Either a campground supply or generator will work, however an inverter (a device designed to change 12V DC to 120V AC) won't help since the battery will have to supply the same wattage.

You might look into a gas fired catalytic heater as an alternative. You need to provide ventilation, but many have found them useful. A big advantage is they do not have a motor, which can be a high current draw on a typical propane fired RV furnace.
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:04 PM   #78
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I just purchased a 2008 13' Scamp. Live in OR and love winter camping. Of course our new-to-us-but-really-young-for-a-used-scamp doesn't have a furance. I've been researching ceramic heaters.

What do you guys recommend for a heater? How long will the battery pack support a plug-in heater?

I have a 1 and 3 year old, so things like fumes, grate size (little fingers touching the heater), stability and ability to turn self off when knocked over, etc really important to me.
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I would strongly suggest that you install a propane forced air furnace like Scamp does. I took a lot of temperature measurements and found it pretty difficult to get anything inside close enough burn. A couple spots would be comfortable for any length of time. As for fumes, the installed furnaces draw air and exhaust to the outside, the same way you in home furnace does.

If you don't feel comfortable installing one yourself, there's lots of RV places that can do it.
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:08 PM   #79
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The advantage of a built in furnace is it's... built in.. okay among other reasons. With a cube heater, ceramic heater, heater buddy or any other freestanding heater, you've got to find a safe place for it to rest during use. The more people in the trailer (and pets!), the smaller the trailer the less counter space, etc. You don't want a free standing heater tipping over or touching flammable surfaces during use
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Thank you for the quick reply! You guys are amazing for us newbies!
We want to do some boondocking, so need to be self-sufficient. Would the generator + ceramic heater be the best option or would you recommend the catalytic heater?
Which brands do you recommend too?

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I read a lot of people with the built in furance not using them. But it sounds like that may be our best bet? I live too far to bring to Scamp for them to put one in. Any estimate on prices for when I got to the RV place for the install?
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:35 PM   #81
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Kelly where are you located? Several of us in the Portland, OR area have Robert Love service our trailers: Rose City RV - Service & Restoration, LLC in Portland | Rose City RV - Service & Restoration, LLC (503) 208-9132 & 5952 Se 111th Ave, Portland, OR 97266 | <Automotive/Recreational Vehicles/Repair & Services> - Yahoo! US Local he's honest, trustworthy and loves these little molded trailers. I wouldn't have a clue what it would costs though.
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........... Would the generator + ceramic heater be the best option or would you recommend the catalytic heater?
..........

This is a bad idea. A catalytic heater running off a propane bottle would make more sense if no 110 volt power is available. Leave a window cracked for oxygen replenishment.
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