Scamp heater - Fiberglass RV

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:25 PM   #1
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Recently I bought a Scamp 16 foot, equipped with a suburban heater.

The heater needs 12 volts for ignition and blower
How many times can the heater run with a fully charged battery? The battery is a deep cycle, size 27, and it is a new battery.

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:51 PM   #2
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I don't have the same equipment as you do, but I believe many different heaters have similar experiences.

In my Fiber Stream, the longest I've run the heater without recharging the battery was over 3 consecutive days. I did not run the heater in the middle of the day, only in the evening and overnight through to morning. I left the roof vent cracked open slightly and the small window in my door cracked open slightly.

After 3 days, my battery was down to about 11.6 volts, having started the weekend at 13.4 volts. That's when my camping time was over, and I went home and recharged my battery.

I hope this helps. Someone with a Scamp will come along soon and add to this...

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1978 Fiber Stream 16 named "Eggstasy" & 1971 Compact Jr. named "Boomerang"
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:28 PM   #3
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The real factor would be the capacity of your battery and the amount of time you furnace blower will run. I would suppose your new battery would carry you through a weekend of use, unless you have to run it continuously. Best thing would be to get a recharge to top off the battery whenever you can.

In my case, I can barely make it through the night since my battery is old and on it's last legs.

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Old 11-05-2007, 10:47 PM   #4
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I've gone 3 days and nights with nights down to about 30 and day time at about 60. I set the thermostat at 50 at night. Then up to about 60 when we get up. Making the morning coffee and cooking breakfast does the rest. We usually don't have the furnace on during the day, rainy days excepted. I have CCFL lights, which keep the drain on the battery down. For reading we use AAA battery powered LED lights.

If you have the "charge line" hooked up on Tow Vehicle you can plug in and run the TV for a bit to extend the time before the battery runs empty.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:22 PM   #5
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Thank you for the infoermation

We give me a good idea of the heating time with a full charge battery

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