night heating

Discussion in 'American RV's' started by nahnotme, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. nahnotme

    nahnotme Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2007
    Messages:
    239
    Likes Received:
    0
    I just bought me a Winnibago Itasca sunrise...YIPPEEEEEE
    and as I fulltimer cold winter nights can be a problem. When im on hook up I leave a fan heater on all night but what do folk do when wild camping ?
    I dont fancy leaving the blown air heating on all night as I only need to warm the bedroom and I presume leaving a fan heater on will drain the leisure battery rather quickly ??
     
  2. 12-Bolt

    12-Bolt Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2008
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    South Wales UK

    Two naked bodies. :Eeek:
     
  3. olley

    olley Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    3,710
    Likes Received:
    2,101
    Location:
    Ipswich
    Hi winnie heating an RV with electric is only practical on EHU, even a small 400watt panel heater running from an inverter, is going to kill anything but a massive battery pack overnight.

    Even your gas blown air heater is problematic without a decent set of batteries, as the fan draws around 10amps, and left on all night in cold weather will probably flatten or seriously deplete a couple of batteries.

    I would say your choices are extra blankets, extra batteries or extra bodies. :BigGrin:

    Olley
     
  4. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    As a full timer myself I would say an EHU is a must for winter.. except a one night stop over..

    If you want to wild camp then you will need a big battery bank, run the a genny daily to charge the batteries and have a decent multi-stage charger fitted, the bog standard power supply unit fitted to most RVs is pretty useless at charging properly.. or...

    Alternatively you could fit either a catalytic heater which uses no leccy or a wood burning stove ..:Wink:

    Jim
     

Share This Page