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Old 08-19-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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Leaving camper heated and unattended in winter

We are considering leaving the heat set on low (50 degrees F) during the day while we are off skiing, and perhaps leaving the unit heated and un attended for 4 day periods while we are off at a yurt or something. You don't drain your house when you leave it, right? Your thoughts?
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I think it would be a waste of propane. Our heater does a superb job of very quickly heating up the interior.
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If it was freezing temps outside, I would keep the thermostat set low during the day if gone, as it would help keep condensation down. Ours is never about 9°C (48°F) anyway, unless we bump it a bit for changing, or should we be sitting inside.

If gone for multi days, I would just shut it down for that time.
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Wait a minute. Aren't yurts unheated?
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We are considering leaving the heat set on low (50 degrees F) during the day while we are off skiing, and perhaps leaving the unit heated and un attended for 4 day periods while we are off at a yurt or something. You don't drain your house when you leave it, right? Your thoughts?
I used to do this on long ski trips by setting the thermostat as low as possible and opening all the inside doors to keep the interior water lines from freezing. Problem is the gas solenoid valve (Suburban furnace) stopped working at 10.8 volts and the sail switch on the furnace wouldn't let it ignite below about 11 volts as the fan didn't spin fast enough at low voltage. If you have solar to recharge the battery you're probably ok, but after 3 days below freezing the single battery I had would generally be discharged to that point. The furnace draws quite a bit of juice when running.
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I used to do this on long ski trips by setting the thermostat as low as possible and opening all the inside doors to keep the interior water lines from freezing. Problem is the gas solenoid valve (Suburban furnace) stopped working at 10.8 volts and the sail switch on the furnace wouldn't let it ignite below about 11 volts as the fan didn't spin fast enough at low voltage. If you have solar to recharge the battery you're probably ok, but after 3 days below freezing the single battery I had would generally be discharged to that point. The furnace draws quite a bit of juice when running.

That's helpful. We have 2 6v on board that gives us something like 230 amp hours, and we will have the new 160w solar.
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Wait a minute. Aren't yurts unheated?
Woodstoves, and no plumbing except mine.
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