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Old 04-04-2009, 11:32 PM   #21
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That seems like a lot of propane for one week to me too. Have you considered one of those ceramic cube heaters and using the park's electricity? I'm not a big fan of being cold either and my experience is only in a more temperate climate. Perhaps I under estimate. I'd rather fry than freeze
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Old 04-05-2009, 12:23 AM   #22
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Heating water takes a LOT of energy. Those showers are draining your propane.

I'll keep that in mind.
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Old 04-05-2009, 12:40 AM   #23
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Hi: Jim...We're lucky the previous owners found out that there was a dual fuel water heater and they waited an extra day in Chilliwack while it was installed. I think Geo. even went to pick it up while Reace took out the original one!!! Now that's what I call CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:26 AM   #24
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That seems like a lot of propane for one week to me too. Have you considered one of those ceramic cube heaters and using the park's electricity? I'm not a big fan of being cold either and my experience is only in a more temperate climate. Perhaps I under estimate. I'd rather fry than freeze
Hi Sandra,
We have one we normally use for heating, but we couldn't carry EVERYTHING on the plane. I personally don't like to use the shower facilities at campgrounds. I KNOW HokieEscapes bath is clean and free of micro organisms that like to get between your toes, and I don't have to walk through the cold, carry all my stuff, etc. When we filled our one tank at Camping World, it was $11, so I don't think its worth staying colder, or less hygienic to save an additional $11.
Interesting, that our water hose was frozen last night. The camps faucet was supposed to be heated, but when I plugged in our hair dryer to thaw it, it didn't work, so I'm assuming they have something bad in the line. Our trusty fresh water tank wasn't frozen, so I still got my hot, wake up shower anyway.
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Old 04-05-2009, 11:56 AM   #25
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One of the things that worked for us in our Casita was to turn the water heater off as we went to bed, and turn it on when we got up - by the time coffee was done and a cup consumed it was hot enough. Also, after our morning needs we would turn it off during the day and turn it on again before dinner - plenty of time for dishes and showers later on. Our thought was why use propane to keep it up to temp when there was no demand? Any way, it works for us.
Because we dry camp almost all the time, we don't use electrical devices - we have been using a Colman sport cat gas heater if it is really cold, with the proviso of making sure that there is plenty of ventilation available. If it's not too cold, plenty of blankets and duvet with the first one up starting the heater to take the chill off. We have tried to not use the installed heater because it is noisy when it functions and we figure with the fan it is a considerable draw on the battery. It will be interesting for us with the 19 - two 6 volt and a monitor, solar panel installed by Reace and LED lights all 'round. We have really enjoyed your post/blog as you make your way back East and look forward to more. Ian

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Old 04-05-2009, 12:17 PM   #26
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Dear Hokie ,
I'm with you. I need my own bath! The turn off the H2O heater is a good idea too. I don't think it would be long to heat up 6 gallons.
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Old 04-05-2009, 12:24 PM   #27
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Re: National Parks

The other way of looking at it is it only costs
$11.00 to fill a 20lb propane (not the end of the world)
and by the time you burn through 2 of them you will
probably have run out of something else thus facilitating
a trip to the nearest town anyway.
This always seemed to be the was with our camper.
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Old 04-05-2009, 01:41 PM   #28
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Hi: HokieEscape...That's a really good price for Propane...too bad about the early hour of discovery tho. We really must be neophyte's as we have only ever filled one tank and it was empty when we got the trailer.We are used to a Boler and hot water& heat came from the kettle on the stove but then no shower either
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Dear Hokie ,
I'm with you. I need my own bath! The turn off the H2O heater is a good idea too. I don't think it would be long to heat up 6 gallons.
Hi All,
Yes, we've started turning it on with the coffee (good tip Ian), and then turning it off when done. I'm sure it will save a lot, because as someone said, it takes a lot of propane to heat water. Sandra, tomorrow AM, when I turn it on, I'll listen and time it (been meaning to do that anyway) and let everyone know as a point of reference.
Heh I just noticed, I've been awarded the title of "Full Escapee"!!!!! We feel like full Escapee's now : - )
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:36 PM   #30
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Yep.. we always turn on the water heater 5 min before we use it to take a shower or wash.. then just turn it off.. takes about 5 min to heat everything up and that's it.. not a problem at all..
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