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Old 11-20-2015, 07:45 PM   #11
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Looks like Nick is the only one who's actually done it, good enough.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:31 PM   #12
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I went camping last weekend. Three nights out... four days. When I pulled into the campground the outside temp was 48 degrees. So was the inside of Ten Forward! After hooking up the electrics (and letting the surge protector do its thing) and the water.. I fired up the furnace.

Within 15 minutes, the inside of Ten Forward (air) was warm (and stuffy). BUT, sitting on the cushions my bottom was cold, the Formica was cold, the mattress, blankets, pillows, vinyl walls, cabinetry, carpet and pillows were COLD.

It took about 3-4 HOURS before the entire trailer felt warm enough where I could walk around and SIT without heavy shoes and a coat. I have the extra insulation and dual-pane windows.

So my point. There is warm and then there's warm. Even my sticks 'n bricks home isn't warm (like the outside/interior walls) when I've had the heat shut down to low.

If you are a traveler and want your trailer to be warm, maybe running the furnace under tow is a very good idea.

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Old 11-20-2015, 09:03 PM   #13
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For anyone that has the heat pads. (I do have them but have not used them yet since 99.9% of our camping so far has been boon docking). Has anyone used the heat pads while towing? Would the alternator keep up with the battery loss? I would probably have to pull out the multimeter and measure the hot pin output since every vehicle is different. Thanks, Scott

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Old 11-20-2015, 09:45 PM   #14
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:08 PM   #15
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I do see value in keeping the trailer interior reasonably warm, especially with an active water system. I have not done this with a trailer, but have with a motorhome.

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As far as the safety of traveling with propane on, there is a safety issue if any propane line were to come loose or be damaged in an accident.
Rupture of a propane hose or tubing in a collision is a recognized hazard, and that's why modern hose-end fittings at the propane tank have an excess flow valve - the surge of flow should shut this valve down.

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There was a recent discussion of this at RT62 What you need to know about propane and driving your RVRoadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog It's rare but it could happen.
I note that this is a Roadtrek forum, and thus presumably specific to Class B motorhomes rather than trailers - the furnaces can be similar or the same (although in this case are very different), but propane tank mounting is definitely different. The excess flow valve discussion does apply.

I hope that this nonsense was the result of inept editing, rather than an "expert" who doesn't know what he's talking about:
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Propane expands 24 to 1 in the atmosphere, meaning that as the gas escapes into the air, it will take 24 cubic feet of air to mix with 1 cubic foot of propane in order to support combustion
The volume ratio of liquid propane to propane vapour and the stochiometric ratio of air to propane are unlreated concepts.

As previously discussed - in the context of running the refrigerator while driving - having the propane tank valve open while driving does involve risk; however simply driving involves risk and some of us do not consider this propane risk to be unreasonable.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:20 PM   #16
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Old 11-21-2015, 03:28 PM   #17
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At my orientation, Reace said it was not a bad idea to run the furnace while traveling in freezing temperatures. Its not likely, but possible you could freeze your pipes inside during very cold weather. I believe that is why Reace mentioned this.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:16 AM   #19
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"I have heard of people being unable to dump their tanks during prolonged cold weather, but I haven't and don't plan to experience that."

Yep, last year we had to pay an auto detailer 100 bucks to pull the trailer into his heated garage for a 3 day weekend to thaw out the valves and the 3' black water pipe on the 17 which is outside the heated space. Three days at 55 degrees and there was still slush in the lines-- and this was with a liberal percentage of pink stuff in the tanks.
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