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Old 10-17-2020, 01:27 AM   #1
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Can you use either propane or electric to run heater on four wind camper 2019 model
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Old 10-17-2020, 01:46 AM   #2
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We don't have your coach but I suspect your Four Winds has a propane furnace with a 12volt blower like our ACE. It will run off as long as your house battery is charged if you are off grid.
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Old 10-17-2020, 02:04 AM   #3
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What do I need to do to make it run off house battery ?
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Old 10-17-2020, 02:07 AM   #4
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What do I need to do to make it run off house battery ?
Nothing, it uses the house battery's 12 VDC to run the control circuit and fan.

IF you are plugged into Shore Power (SP) the converter will supply the 12 VDC the furnace needs.,
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Old 10-17-2020, 02:08 AM   #5
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To clarify, the furnace uses propane to heat the air, which is pushed into the RV by a 12 volt electric fan. But you can't heat the air with electric alone. The only way you'll get heat is from propane.
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Old 10-17-2020, 03:08 AM   #6
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I am assuming here based on your question you are new to RVng? As the fellas stated the propane is used to fire the furnace in your coach. Just like your gas forced air furnace at home uses either propane or natural gas depending on your location. At home your furnace blower is run by the 120 volt house current. In an RV the blower is run off the 12 volt circuit which is your coach's "house" battery. This allows the furnace to run when you are "off grid" not plugged into "shore power" which is the 120 volt electric at the park pedestal. When plugged into shore power your coach has a converter that charges the house battery and runs the 12 volt systems in your coach.
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:49 PM   #7
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Most all seasoned RV'ers that travel in cool temps utilize high end electric heaters to augment the RV heating system. Primary reason is the high burn rate of propane and often unhandy means to refill.

The only downside to augmenting with electric space heaters is if you are in metered parks they cost will be higher than burning propane.
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Old 10-17-2020, 01:51 PM   #8
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Most all seasoned RV'ers that travel in cool temps utilize high end electric heaters to augment the RV heating system. Primary reason is the high burn rate of propane and often unhandy means to refill.

The only downside to augmenting with electric space heaters is if you are in metered parks they cost will be higher than burning propane.


Actually, I suspect most folks use LOW end electric heaters like the cheap Chinese cube shaped ceramics heaters. We did too until ours caught on fire one morning on our dinettes table. Fortunately we were sitting right there but we often had let it run unattended while we were outside or occasionally even asleep. After that we did buy a high end oil filled heater and I知 entirely comfortable letting it run unattended. $130 vs $25 but lesson learned!
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Old 10-17-2020, 03:58 PM   #9
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Actually, I suspect most folks use LOW end electric heaters like the cheap Chinese cube shaped ceramics heaters. We did too until ours caught on fire one morning on our dinettes table. Fortunately we were sitting right there but we often had let it run unattended while we were outside or occasionally even asleep. After that we did buy a high end oil filled heater and I知 entirely comfortable letting it run unattended. $130 vs $25 but lesson learned!
Same here, except without the fire, THANKFULLY!
Also you need to run your furnace, especially at night, as typically there's a small duct running into to underbelly to aid in keeping the plumbing heated a bit.
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