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Old 09-06-2014, 06:35 PM   #43
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The heat strips in my trailer must be turned on before the trailer gets cold. If I wait until it's cold in the trailer the heat strips will never recover.

I found this the hard way when we were in Bryce Canyon in September of last year. Daytime temps were 70 and nighttime temps in the mid 20s. The first night I turned the heat on at 3 AM and also had to use the propane furnace to get the trailer warm. The second night I turned on the heat strips before going to sleep and the trailer stayed toasty all night. The heat strips are wonderful but they have limitations.
Of course the same would be true of a little cube heater,If you want rapid heat, run the furnace then let the heatstrip maintain the temp. The extra volume of a larger trailer certainly is a factor.
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Of course the same would be true of a little cube heater,If you want rapid heat run the furnace then let the heatstrip maintain the temp. The extra volume of a larger trailer certainly is a factor.

Interesting, because I have found the heat strips are unable to overcome cold if they are turned on once the trailer is cold. But I have always seen a reasonable temperature rise when I have used the cube heater under the same circumstances. That's not to say that I would rely on the cube heater at below freezing temperatures. I too would turn on the propane furnace. As an aside, I have always found it amusing when someone who had never driven a Ferrari tells me how well it handles.


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Interesting, because I have found the heat strips are unable to overcome cold if they are turned on once the trailer is cold. But I have always seen a reasonable temperature rise when I have used the cube heater under the same circumstances. That's not to say that I would rely on the cube heater at below freezing temperatures. I too would turn on the propane furnace. As an aside, I have always found it amusing when someone who had never driven a Ferrari tells me how well it handles.


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Which Ferrari? the SUV or the Caddy clone?(or the ersatz bus) As for the sports car... That's all part of the mystique, but with enough experience, you can learn a lot about them by working on them, watching them corner or out running them on a road course!
BTW; I have driven a Pinto and it does have a similar badge!
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Cute, if I do say so. But Ferraris aside, everyone has real time experiences and everyone has opinions based on perceptions. My statements regarding heat strips vs. a Pelonis ceramic heater are based upon personal experience in a Scamp 19, not on unsubstantiated opinion or having seen, touched, worked on, or having been inside a 19. So with all due respect Floyd, and I acknowledge that you have extensive knowledge when it comes to Scamp trailers, I would ask if you have ever owned a Scamp 19, spent a cold night in one, or have you ever even compared the effectiveness of A/C heat strips vs a ceramic heater in a Scamp 5er. I have, and I am 100% certain of my conclusions. But you are certainly entitled to your opinion, and I will say no more on this topic as it has ceased being productive and will not help the OP.




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I have read about the top bunk needing help in cooling/ventilation. We are getting the standard layout so I'm not worried about it. Thank you for the invite Terry. That's about 2 hours away from us and we don't currently camp so that would be a rough trip for us. I do plan on making next years rally though! And no opinions on cushion color?! we are choosing blue.
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Cute, if I do say so. But Ferraris aside, everyone has real time experiences and everyone has opinions based on perceptions. My statements regarding heat strips vs. a Pelonis ceramic heater are based upon personal experience in a Scamp 19, not on unsubstantiated opinion or having seen, touched, worked on, or having been inside a 19. So with all due respect Floyd, and I acknowledge that you have extensive knowledge when it comes to Scamp trailers, I would ask if you have ever owned a Scamp 19, spent a cold night in one, or have you ever even compared the effectiveness of A/C heat strips vs a ceramic heater in a Scamp 5er. I have, and I am 100% certain of my conclusions. But you are certainly entitled to your opinion, and I will say no more on this topic as it is has ceased being productive and will not help the OP.




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Carl;
I have worked with the owners of several 19 Scamps who have experienced the difficulties described here with both heating and cooling the loft. Some solutions have worked, some not so much. Some simple(like opening the vent to pull air into the loft) some complex (like ducted fans)
The windows in the loft can cascade a lot of cold so making reflextix window covers for use in very cold conditions has proven very helpful. Cover the window and run them down past the edge of the mattress.
The heat source seems less relevant than the air management or whether the trailer is a front bath.
I have often supplied a Pelonis type heater with the fiberglass trailers we have sold and with great (reported) success. I have used them myself with good results. I also believe you are entitled to your opinion as well and your experience with your trailer deserves respect and bears weight on the subject.


One last comment to the OP.
None of this discussion should cause consternation in regards to comfort in the loft, since the problems are not profound, nor insurmountable, and they also manifest themselves significantly only at the fringes(hot or cold) of normal camping weather.(or so I've heard)
Carl is a smart guy who gives only good and measured advice.
Donna's comment on the cause is also spot on! Reflextix under the mattress seems to help without having to work on the underside of the loft.
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One point has been brought to my attention...
Be sure that your trailer has a shower curtain. We used a café rod and stainless key rings along with half of a clear plastic curtain to assure a dry bathroom door with minimum intrusion.
The curtain will prevent damage to the door, the bulkhead and the floor outside the bathroom.
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It depends on where your hitch is located, etc. I have space to put two Rubbermade Action Packers in the back against the tailgate, and have space for a couple jerry cans for extra water up forward. In this case, I also had a crate at the front of the bed with stuff I was hauling to a relative in Washington.

John, you show the Tacoma with the kayaks on a rack that is attached t the front of the truck. I would like to do something like it on my 2013, and I am looking for ideas. Do you, by any chance, happen to have any pictures of the front showing the mounting details? Thanks.
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The Taco has a 2" front receiver that I got from eTrailer. I then built a three piece T bar - stinger with a pocket, upright, and cross bar with a pocket.

I'll see if I can find a picture.

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Found a couple photos from last summer's Alaska trip that shows the T bar in use. Others are on the blog around mid June, 2013

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Found a couple photos from last summer's Alaska trip that shows the T bar in use. Others are on the blog around mid June, 2013
Is that blog on this forum? How can I find it? Thanks again.
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A link to my blog is in my signature line if you're reading this in a web browser. I've discovered the app doesn't show signature lines :-( Blog address is http://justfinding.blogspot.com

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Sorry, I missed the link in your signature - I need to read more carefully.
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