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  • Published on Nov 05, 2014

    Stay Warm This Winter

    With winter temperatures slowly creeping upon us, now is the time to take the necessary steps to make sure you have the right heating system for your RV. Their is nothing worse than traveling in an RV that is just so darn cold!

    Take control of your heating system. You have a choice! Their are several heaters out there that could be the right one for your RV. Here are a list of some of the most popular ways to heat your RV. Which one is right for you?

    Space Heaters

    Space heaters are usually plug-in heaters that only heat a small area at a time. Perfect for those winter nights when you are just curled up on the couch reading a book, place the heater close by and experience some warmth. While not an option for your whole RV, if you are in a moderate climate, space heaters are not only a cheap option, they are also very practical.

    RV Propane Furnaces

    Most RV propane furnaces use a large blower system to bring in outside, oxygen-rich air to heat your RV. If you are using traditional propane furnaces, they will need electricity to run. While you don’t need a generator or batteries to run, the amount of energy it takes to keep up with a traditional RV propane furnace is a lot. For those campers that will use propane furnaces, make sure you understand the amount of energy it takes, the amount of noise it produces and how to handle the furnace if anything were to go wrong. It is also a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detector on hand just in case.

    Vent-Free Propane Heaters

    For a more quiet and less powerful option, vent-free propane heaters are available. Like traditional propane furnaces, they don’t require a generator or batteries, but they do require a little work on your part.

    Vent-free heaters rely on you to provide the air. By cracking a window while the heater is running, it provides the oxygen required for the heater to be effective. Because we are dealing with very serious oxygen levels, most vent-free heaters are required to include an internal oxygen sensor that shuts off the heater if the oxygen level in the room becomes low. Make sure your heater has one of these as it can be very dangerous if oxygen levels drop below the safety zone.

    It will take some experimenting to find out how much to crack the windows and in what room does the heat gather. once you find the right variables, vent-free heaters are a great option!

    Infrared Radiant Heaters

    Our last suggestion for heat this winter is an infrared radiant heater. Often found in public places in the winter, infrared heaters can be instant heat pads on a cold day. You can place them really anywhere around the house, and while some have a thermostat, other just might have a high or low setting. The closer you get to the heater, the more warmth you can instantly feel. If you need your hands or feet warm quickly, this is a great heater. 

    One of the downsides is that they can become extremely hot, so anything flammable should not be within 10 feet of it. Also for small children, make sure they don’t go near it as it could cause sever burns.

    Harper Camperland

    We hope these heater suggestions help you with what you will need to stay warm this winter. If you need any heat related products, let us help! We offer great generators, heaters, electric blankets and other supplies to make sure you are warm and toasty! Visit our online parts store today!


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