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Old 11-20-2015, 04:57 AM   #1
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Traveling with the furnace running

Has anyone tried it?
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:01 AM   #2
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7000 miles so far. No problems.
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That's a lot of cold weather driving, where'd you go, Alaska?

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Old 11-20-2015, 07:22 AM   #4
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I am curious as to why you would need to. To me, it doesn't make sense to heat space you are not using. It takes but minutes to warm up when stopped to camp. Maybe you are carrying temperature sensitive cargo in the trailer?

Even in the coldest of weather, when nights get below freezing, we only turn it on a bit before going to bed, and then off again after we get up. The odd time we need to spend time inside, it can get turned on temporarily. Too draining on the battery otherwise, and wastes fuel.
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Exactly my thoughts. What is gained?
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If one were to kick on the furnace, say 30 minutes before pulling off the road for the night in the dead of winter, a warm trailer would be a nice option to have.
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Old 11-20-2015, 03:24 PM   #7
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Exactly my thoughts. What is gained?
Hi: MyronL... An empty propane tank...soon. Alf
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sounds like there is no safety issue... and the fact that the trailer is moving means the need to keep it level so that fuel doesn't pool doesn't apply.

Sounds like a reasonable solution if you are traveling and hit a cold snap while your tanks and lines are full...

IF (and this is my question) the heater heats the space sufficiently to keep the water lines from freezing... Given that significant lines are OUTSIDE the trailer, that seems to eliminate all benefit...

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sounds like there is no safety issue... and the fact that the trailer is moving means the need to keep it level so that fuel doesn't pool doesn't apply.

Sounds like a reasonable solution if you are traveling and hit a cold snap while your tanks and lines are full...

IF (and this is my question) the heater heats the space sufficiently to keep the water lines from freezing... Given that significant lines are OUTSIDE the trailer, that seems to eliminate all benefit...

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It depends on your trailer model. On my 19, all water lines are inside the trailer. The tanks and drain valves are outside. Tanks are covered with foam, so I would expect the only problems to be with the drain valves. 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.

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. 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 turn off propane when traveling but I would consider it if caught in a really cold time and needed to travel.
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I turn off propane when traveling but I would consider it if caught in a really cold time and needed to travel.
In previous threads on leaving the propane turned on while traveling to keep the fridge running, it seems that many folks do. Perhaps the majority do. I always have so I wouldn't have any qualms about having the furnace on ahead of time to have the trailer pre-warmed. Another "to each their own" situation.

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