Heating and Cooling - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-03-2015, 09:04 AM   #1
Junior Member
Name: Aaron
Trailer: In the market
Posts: 14
Heating and Cooling

I'm in the process of converting a cargo trailer into a camper (interior dimensions are 15'10" x 6'8") that I'll be living in for a little over a year. I've been looking around at different options for heating and cooling and was wondering if anyone here had suggestions. I'm planning on setting it up with solar, so am definitely open supplementing propane heat with electric; I don't know if I'll have the capacity to run just electric heat.
Thanks for any advice.

TetonTele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 09:15 AM   #2
Senior Member
cpaharley2008's Avatar
Name: jim
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape19 Prairie Schooner pulled by 2014 Dodge Ram Hemi Sport
Posts: 6,242
You will need electric for the a/c but you can set the trailer up to operate everything else off 12v and battery with solar. A good MaxxFan with some nice awning windows should keep it cool. Your propane furnace will also operate off 12v for heat. Lights, pump, tv, radio can all be 12v. Dual 6 volt batteries is probably a good start.

Never in doubt, often wrong
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 09:41 AM   #3
Senior Member
David B.'s Avatar
Name: Dave & Paula Brown
Trailer: Lil Snoozy
Posts: 1,297
You should look at the Heat Source Propex line of furnaces. There is a write-up here on the Fiberglass RV website showing how Denny Wolfe installed one in his Lil Snoozy. Lil Snoozy Propane Furnace Installation I installed one a little differently in our Lil Snoozy.
Dave & Paula
Attached Thumbnails
DSC01465.jpg   DSC01468.jpg  

David B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 09:58 AM   #4
Senior Member
Name: Rich
Trailer: 2015 Scamp 13D
Posts: 118
Aaron, is your cargo trailer fiberglass?

Please put some pictures up as you move along on your project; people will be interested to see how approach the conversion.
Rich G. and Val F. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 10:36 AM   #5
Senior Member
Bob Miller's Avatar
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
Posts: 7,914
As most of the members of this site either own or have an interest in existing molded fiberglass trailers such as Scamps, Casita's, Boler's, BigFoot and others, they may not have the experiences or expertise you are seeking for your project.

May I suggest that you try cargo trailer & truck conversions or similar searches, on Google and you may find sites and individuals with more direct experiences.
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 11:31 AM   #6
Junior Member
Name: Aaron
Trailer: In the market
Posts: 14
It's not fiberglass - it's a CargoMate utility trailer. I was hoping to find a fiberglass, but didn't find one I could afford in the area.
TetonTele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 01:38 PM   #7
Junior Member
Name: Greg
Trailer: Oliver Legacy Elite II
Posts: 16
CheapRvLiving is very supportive of converting enclosed cargo trailers and has many examples of conversions and discussions of heating and cooling
Cheap RV Living.com-Home

The teardrop and tiny travel trailer forum (tnttt.com) is very strongly do-it-yourself and has a whole section devoted to cargo trailer conversions with many build photos.
Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers € Index page
GRC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 09:22 PM   #8
Junior Member
Name: Aaron
Trailer: In the market
Posts: 14
Thanks for the links - I was hoping to get some opinions from people who might not be checking those forums, as well.
TetonTele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 10:25 PM   #9
Senior Member
Mike Magee's Avatar
Name: Michael
Trailer: Li'l Hauley
Posts: 4,523
If I were you I'd stick about 6" of foam on the ceiling. Propane will be the most economical heat source by far, and you should not need to supplement with 120V electric if you insulate adequately.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven... --Ecclesiastes 3
Mike Magee is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Frig and heater jet size question for better cooling of frig and heating of water. Kevin K Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 17 02-27-2014 06:56 PM
Slow cooling steve dunham Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 5 06-23-2012 02:05 PM
Fridge not cooling correctly Matthew A Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 21 08-03-2011 06:43 AM
Dometic fridge cooling unit replacement TonyB Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 2 07-25-2008 06:34 PM
Cooling fan for an Icebox? Mike Montville Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 8 03-28-2008 04:49 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.