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Old 01-06-2020, 04:48 AM   #1
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Month in to my new adventure.

Hi everyone,

This is my first post.


This is sorta like my diary post, so apologies ahead of time but it may be long winded.


My adventure begins with me taking a new position at work, about 50 miles north of home. Itís a shift work position, you know 12hr days/nights 4-6 days a week, lots of time off. But living in this area, working in that area. We have some of the worst traffic in the country.


My wife and I decided that it would be worthwhile to buy a motorhome/travel trailer and find a place for me to park it during the work week. Come to find out, my work has electric hookups and parking spots for rvís.


Then it worked out that my Aunt was selling a 1996 Dutchmen 29í class c in real nice condition below my price range. I snatched it up. Here I am.


Started my position at the beginning of December. Still havenít been able to ďplug inĒ at work because all the outlet positions are full but they promise that they will be adding more. My generator (Onan 4K) was working great, now itís not starting- going to check the oil tomorrow. And itís been cold. Supposed to be colder this week with snow forecast for the weekend. Granted I will be home this weekend but I know it wonít be the last before spring.


How does everyone deal with the cold in my kind of predicament? I can run the motorhome and the furnace and it warms up before I crawl into my cacoon and it keeps me warm over the evening, I just freeze while getting ready for work in the morning/evening.


Just adjusting to the part-time rv life. So far it really ainít bad.


Thanks for reading! Next post Iíll elaborate more on the rv herself :-)
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Old 01-06-2020, 12:58 PM   #2
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Once you get the generator working again, you might consider getting 1 or 2 of these small ceramic disc heaters:

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Disc heaters come in various types, and made by different companies... but I like this one. Theyíre about $80 each from Amazon... have built-in thermostat control, tip-over protection, and are safe to leave on when away from the rig. I use them in my 5th wheel all winter, and rarely use the furnace at all.
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:58 PM   #3
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Hello Juiced! You are making me cold just thinking about it... If there is someone near you and they can provide power to both of you via a "Y", that may be your best alternative or run an extension so you can run a couple of those nifty ceramic heaters.

By the way. Welcome to this place...
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:55 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions!

I’m totally going to pick up one or two of those disc heaters. Saves on propane too.


Well I got an update on them adding more hookups, it’s going to happen just no idea of time yet. I ordered a power splitter and an extension cord to reach the nearest outlet. It arrives today at a local Amazon locker.


Last night while running the engine to warm it up the heater started blowing cold, not sure what’s up with that yet. I know I have plenty of propane. And the battery gage didn’t seem to move up even with running the engine for a while with nothing but a light on. I’m hoping some of the issues will go away when hooked up to shore power.


Also noticed that a single drip of water forms at the bottom of the crank handle for the tv antenna. Doesn’t drip off onto the seat below it very often, even after heavy rain. My aunt had the roof replaced about a year ago, so I assume it’s some sort of seal around the base of the antenna.


Gives me something to do I suppose lol.


Have a great day!


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Old 01-07-2020, 08:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions!

Iím totally going to pick up one or two of those disc heaters. Saves on propane too.


Well I got an update on them adding more hookups, itís going to happen just no idea of time yet. I ordered a power splitter and an extension cord to reach the nearest outlet. It arrives today at a local Amazon locker.


Last night while running the engine to warm it up the heater started blowing cold, not sure whatís up with that yet. I know I have plenty of propane. And the battery gage didnít seem to move up even with running the engine for a while with nothing but a light on. Iím hoping some of the issues will go away when hooked up to shore power.


Also noticed that a single drip of water forms at the bottom of the crank handle for the tv antenna. Doesnít drip off onto the seat below it very often, even after heavy rain. My aunt had the roof replaced about a year ago, so I assume itís some sort of seal around the base of the antenna.


Gives me something to do I suppose lol.


Have a great day!


Juice
If the antenna is just outside the bathroom, may be condensation BUT, I would keep a very close eye on it.. Good Luck.
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Old 01-08-2020, 06:24 AM   #6
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It’s about 6’ away, and I haven’t had to shower in the motorhome yet, I’ve been doing that inside the building or at the gym, so wouldn’t imagine it’s condensation. If I can figure out how to add pics I’ll show you :-)
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Old 01-14-2020, 05:40 PM   #7
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Go check out Olympian Catalytic heaters, you don't need power, just propane!
Installed one in my 35' Voltage toy hauler, best upgrade I've done yet, and will put one in my next trailer.

You can make it a portable or permanent installation!

Yes you can run it at night as several of us do, just make sure you've got fresh air coming in!

Camco 57331 Olympian Wave-3 3000 BTU LP Gas Catalytic ...
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Old 01-25-2020, 03:46 PM   #8
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Go check out Olympian Catalytic heaters, you don't need power, just propane!
Installed one in my 35' Voltage toy hauler, best upgrade I've done yet, and will put one in my next trailer.

You can make it a portable or permanent installation!

Yes you can run it at night as several of us do, just make sure you've got fresh air coming in!

Camco 57331 Olympian Wave-3 3000 BTU LP Gas Catalytic ...
Thanks for the suggestion, Iíll check them out. In the meantime, I got plugged into power and picked up a small electric ceramic heater from Home Depot. Cost about $30 and on the low setting keeps all 29 feet at 65 degrees. Warm enough for me. We got about 8 inches of snow last week and it seemed to help melt the snow faster. This week weíve had spring like temperatures so it didnít end up being a big problem but it still gave me a little peace of mind.
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