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Old 06-28-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone!

Camping now in absolute miserable nonstop rain and cold. Yay! I need to run furnace to stay warm. When doing so, should I keep the little window over the stove cracked open a tad, and leave fantastic vent open but not running? Trying to do the right thing to avoid condensate concern.

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Old 06-28-2015, 09:56 AM   #2
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You didn't mention what furnace you have or how old it might be. In a newer Scamp the Atwood (or similar ) furnace is designed to run without an outside vent open. Other kinds of furnaces and/or aged ones might call for an outside vent being open, as a precaution, if not a requirement.


In any case, opening a vent will reduce inside condensation as well as relieve the "stuffiness" one gets from continually reheating the same air.


Keep in mind, if you are not connected to shore power, that the furnace can be a battery killer.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:56 AM   #3
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It will help to keep a window or two and/or your vent open a little. When we camp here in the PNW in the fall, winter or spring, we often struggle with condensation in our trailer. Keep a microfiber cloth handy to wipe off the windows. Personally I think it just comes with the territory when you're camping in certain conditions. Where are you camping that it's rainy and cold at this time of the year? Send some of that our way!
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:22 AM   #4
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Consider a cover for your Fantastic Fan.

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Hi Everyone!

Camping now in absolute miserable nonstop rain and cold. Yay! I need to run furnace to stay warm. When doing so, should I keep the little window over the stove cracked open a tad, and leave fantastic vent open but not running? Trying to do the right thing to avoid condensate concern.

Much obliged!

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Fantastic Fan and others offer covers that go over the fan and allow the fan to be run in the rain. These covers can be installed directly to the outer portion of the fan and require no drilling into the roof. One of my favorite mods to our Scamp. The Escape came with the cover. The aftermarket ones cost between $25 and $50.
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:33 AM   #5
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We always keep a window or vent cracked open, whether heat is on or not. I assume Wendy is camping in the Northeast, as it's rainy and cool here and the prediction is it will be for a couple days. We cut short a camping trip this weekend in Vermont so as to not have to pack up and travel in the rain
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:33 AM   #6
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I have a suburban furnace and the trailer is a 2012. I have the fantastic vent open and the little window over the stove cracked, so sounds like I'm doing the right thing. I can't wipe off the windows as there are screens and it's raining outside so don't wanna crack them all to do it.

I guess I figured if the fan vent was open I'd lose all the heat. Never quite sure what to do/how to do things right. Always learning!

Much thanks,
Wendy. PS. I do have a max air fan mate cover. Love it!


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Sounds safe to me....
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:37 AM   #8
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Yes, I'm camping in Barker NY on Lake Ontario. So cold and constant rain. Ah well. Tomorrow is nice so I'll pack up at night and leave in the rain. Other question: can one actually hook hitch ball and trailer tongue together the night before to avoid rain, and still walk around and sleep in trailer or does that put too much weight on tongue and vehicle hitch?


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Yes, you will be fine, we do this sometimes when just stopping for one night, leave everything hooked up except for the electric. You can always drop the tongue jack to level it a little if need be, just remember to raise before take off.
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Sticky notes on steering wheel act as good reminders of such things, like raise tongue jack, latch cabinets, remove wheel chocks, or whatever other things you may forget that are out of the ordinary.
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I have all kinds of organization things to attend to with the scamp. For one, I need to type up a list to check off and call upon it before camping. Second, I need to get some order with supplies. Plastic bins to hold stuff that " goes together" to form a kit if you will. When I camp, it's different most every time because I can't seem to remember where the heck I put things! That causes me some annoyance and stress.

So OK then. Tomorrow night I'm going to hook up to the van so I'm ready to go in am. My van to trailer hook up is perfectly level, so no need to worry about tongue jack adjustments. I bought a special 2" ball from Curt with a 1" rise on the shank which gave me a perfectly level setup on a 2" drop ball mount.

Thank you all ever so much for your time and kind help. Hey, it stopped raining!!! (For now anyway)😃


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Smile CPAP/Venilation

When I was 225 lbs, I needed a CPAP. Since I lost 15 lbs, no longer needed. YMMV

We found early on here in the great Pacific North Wet that keeping the roof vent cracked as well as a window helps the condensation issue. Happy we have jalousie style windows!
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Roger what does YMMV mean?
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