- Mar 16, 2022
I do plan to do a combination of boondocking/hookup camping. I do like having a hot shower! The electric heaters I will definitely do. I had one in my first popup and I did like it better than the furnace; less noisy too.Instead of Reflectix in the windows, I used the car windshield versions to sandwich between the screen and clear vinyl parts of the windows (folded down flatter and easier to store). I added the mylar emergency blankets under the mattresses to try reflect heat back in.
Those probably all helped but what I found the most helpful was a roll of paper towels. There are so many gaps in the tenting all around that cold air would blow in through. Places like where the tenting attached to the roof but gapped around the support arms, or where the bed rail channels came through the rubber sweeper, or around the door. I just wadded up a paper towel and stuffed them in all of those places.
The other thing I did was run a separate 120v 15 amp circuit for a second electric heater. Since I camp at spots with electricity, and I've paid for the service, I use the campground's electricity over my propane. Two electric heaters pointed towards the bunk ends and the above steps were enough to keep the PUPs in the 70s when it was below freezing outside. Before I ran a separate circuit, I would use an extension cord plugged into the Shore Power pedestal and pass the extension cord into the PUP through one of the many gaps. Many people do it that way.
The gas furnace was set to kick on at 50, in case anything happened to the electric heaters. Even with both heaters going and other misc appliance, we never triggered the 30 amp main breaker in the PUPs.