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JAC1982

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Posted: 08/26/20 12:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are headed up to WY in a little over a week and will be boondocking for 5-6 days. The weather forecast is 65-70 during the day, but dropping to 30-32 at night. We have tank heaters available, do we need to use them or should we be OK since it's not prolonged cold weather and we will be using the furnace?


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Posted: 08/26/20 12:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No need to use tank heaters.

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Thank you! It's our first prolonged boondocking trip with this new rig so just wanted to make sure all ducks are in a row and we come as prepared as we can [emoticon]

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You will need more than one battery or a small generator.....the furnace will eat a single battery a night. Or get a Mr. Buddy Heater.

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Lows of thirty and up don’t concern me. Considered solar to recharge those batteries?


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jdc1 wrote:

You will need more than one battery or a small generator.....the furnace will eat a single battery a night. Or get a Mr. Buddy Heater.


Thanks, we have two batteries, a built in generator, and 4 propane tanks (which we can take to refill if needed), so we're good there [emoticon]

We do a lot of boondock camping, just not normally when it dips that cold. We did the same trip last year and it only got down in the mid-40s at the same time.

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To get a freezing issue, yo need to be below freezing for a number of hours. Just a quick dip below freezing and back up to 60's during the day, no issues.

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I've camped near Granby with an uninsulated bottom rv and it got to 15 at night but warmed up quickly in the morning, no problem. 10 degrees at Rubys, by Bryce was a different story... The water lines were frozen til about 11am. Craig

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Posted: 08/26/20 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No need to use tank heaters at 28+ overnight and 50+ during the day.

However if things change and you are dipping into the low 20s consider turning them on. Although the heater take a lot of power and will drain your battery in short order. Would need to run your generator. Possibly just ignore it until you need to dump. In which case dump in the late afternoon to thaw things out.


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Just pile on he blankets at night and leave the heater off.


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