Can you stay warm when it's 23 degrees?

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  1. tnchuck100

    tnchuck100 New Member

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    Just thought I would pass along this experience. We just got back from a 3 day camping trip where the temperature dropped to 23 degrees. We were perfectly comfortable.

    This was our configuration:
    1. Carpet on the floor.
    2. Gizmos installed on bunk ends - silver side down.
    3. Reflectix panels installed on the six bunk end screen areas.
    4. 1500 Watt electric heater
    5. Propane furnace that came in camper

    The electric heater could not quite keep up but the propane furnace would run about 5-7 minutes every hour and make up the difference.


    <b>Chuck & Mary - Sparta, Tennessee
    '00 Dodge Dakota <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle> '05 Palomino Pony <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    '03 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle> '04 Timeout <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle></b>
     
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    spearmint New Member

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    What is a popup gizmo? Any pics?
     
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    spearmint New Member

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    I looked at your photos. How lovely you have decorated your camper inside - really cozy! I so enjoy looking at people's pics as I am trying to learn as much as possible so i can buy a PUP in the spring.
     
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    tnchuck100 New Member

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    spearmint:
    http://www.popupgizmos.com/

    <b>Chuck & Mary - Sparta, Tennessee
    '00 Dodge Dakota <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle> '05 Palomino Pony 280 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    '03 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle> '04 Timeout <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    Nights camped 2007: 25</b>
     
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    threebeachboys Active Member

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    We've camped when it has gotten down in the high 20's at night & mid-40s during the day.

    We use the heat strips in the a/c along w/a ceramic heater if we have an appropriate separate electrical outlet. If not, we use the heat strips w/the propane furnace. In either case, we are nice & warm.

    If you camp when it is cold, please take precautions w/your water system. If we have hook-ups, I undo the city water when we go to bed. If we do not, I bring jugs of water & don't use the on-board tank.

    Pam
     
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    kb0nly New Member

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    I'm camped out in mine right now and its been in the 60's during the day and low to mid 50's at night, a small electric space heater has been keeping us toasty! We can run the low fan setting on the ac unit to move air around also, that helps even out the temp between the bunks and the rest of the interior.

    1991 Skamper 245C
    1997 Pontiac Trans Sport
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  7. Catworker

    Catworker All are welcome to my campfire

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    tnchuck - We camped near the same temps, with your same setup, except I used two ceramic heaters. One near the floor and one on top the stove cover. The temp inside was near 73 degrees. I used two Big Heat heaters. If your interested in saving your propane.

    Mike & Laura Rowe
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    2005 Chevy Express Van
     
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    tnchuck100 New Member

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    Catworker: My PUP only has a 1 - 20 amp breaker for the outlets. It won't support 2 1500 watt heaters. (24 amps).

    My propane usage has been very reasonable. 1 20# bottle lasted the whole season. We mainly use charcoal and an electric fry pan for cooking.


    <b>Chuck & Mary - Sparta, Tennessee
    '00 Dodge Dakota <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle> '05 Palomino Pony 280 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    '03 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle> '04 Timeout <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    Nights camped 2007: 25</b>
     
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    Why does it matter if this stuff is silver? I thought that was only to reflect light? Can someone explain?

    Thanks!
     
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    tnchuck100 New Member

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    Silver will reflect heat as well as light. But in this case we are concerned with heat. The Gizmos are one side silver and the other side red. When it is cold placing the silver side down tends to reflect the back in as well as the red side facing the sun tends to absorb heat.

    <font color=blue>Chuck & Mary - Sparta, Tennessee
    '00 Dodge Dakota <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle> '05 Palomino Pony 280 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    '03 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle> '04 Timeout <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    Nights camped 2007: 25</font id=blue>
     
  11. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    Just got my Olympian Catalytic Heater. It's the 6100 model, which is the same as their current Wave 6 model. Puts out 6,000btu at 1/4lb propane per hour. Very nice.

    Also just made solar bunk covers out of the MPI "Casualty Blankets" or "Sportsmans Blankets". Found the military casualty blankets on ebay for $16 for a pack of 3 and $6 for shipping. Sewed 2 together to make the front bunk cover. Attached them using the large "Binder Clips" from Staples or Office Max, etc. for $4 per 12pack. I bought 2 packs.

    They make a huge difference and appear to be the same material used by Popup Gizmos, same thickness too........but they are Olive Drab one side.

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    1987 Starcraft Nova pushing a 1990 GMC Suburban.
     
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    Where can you find the heat strips that go inside the pop up air conditioners? Is this an owner installable option?
     
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    tnchuck100 New Member

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    wa2bfw: Here is where I got mine.
    http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-air-conditioners/duo-therm-heat-strip-kit.htm
    Yes, you can do it yourself. Takes about 30 minutes.

    <font color=blue>Chuck & Mary - Sparta, Tennessee
    '00 Dodge Dakota <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle> '05 Palomino Pony 280 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    '03 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle> '04 Timeout <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>
    Nights camped 2007: 25</font id=blue>
     

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