Steve's question was about using his furnace
in his Scamp. And I agree with Mary F. on wattage.
I have had a 15 watt solar panel
which barely trickle charged the group 24 battery
. It was useless on a camp trip.
I upgraded to a 50 watt panel and have plenty of juice to the battery
even in low light
. I use my factory installed Suburban furance in my Scamp, Steve should have the same furnace
in his. It was mighty cold in the desert this last week so the furnace got used more than ever. With no hookups available in Joshua Trees NP I relied on my solar panel
. When I arrive at camp my solar
panel immediately goes on top of my Scamp and stays there until I pack up to leave. The panel is doing it job wheither I'm in camp or not. My generator
on the other hand needs me to be there while it's running.
I'm not one to use my Honda 2000 generator
much as time contrains in campgrounds really don't give me much time anyway. Generally, you can't run them much at night. At Joshua Trees there are 3 two hours windows
in which a person can use their generator
. Since I don't hang around the campsite the times weren't of much use to me other than on Thanksgiving when I roasted a chicken for dinner. I really carry it just in case I need to cool the trailer off with the A/C or if I happen to choose to hand around the camp one day. Then I might need it for baking or I've even been known to make mods with my drill. But for the most part I have the generator just in case.
Steve R. go with a 50 watt solar
panel or better, you won't be sorry.