Investment vs the value of comfort is of course a per-owner decision.So am I right in thinking that running a propex heater in a wedge style popup camper might be a bit crazy/expensive when it's say, 20 degrees out at night?
I wonder if I could insulate it well enough... That or perhaps don't pop it up.
It seems that their operation may be well suite to that scenario. As they sound like they run up, then run, then run down... a really well insulated non pop up may end up like an oven inside. heh But a less well insulated unit (like mine will potentially be) that could work out well. Other than the fuel consumption that is.Reading more about these, diesel heaters sound more efficient for a poorly insulated tent camper.
Anybody run one of these in this situation?
Yeah, I read that some people were getting 24hrs -- three nights I assume -- off of a gallon with the cheap Chinese setup. Pretty cost efficient if true.It seems that their operation may be well suite to that scenario. As they sound like they run up, then run, then run down... a really well insulated non pop up may end up like an oven inside. heh But a less well insulated unit (like mine will potentially be) that could work out well. Other than the fuel consumption that is.
I am looking to make my own winter pack for it once I get it. I have some ideas... but need a surger or a cheap strong sewing machine... and then I need to learn how to sew. At least its long straight lines. heh
kerry and anyone who uses the Wave 3,Having recently installed a Camco Wave 3, purchased a dual remote thermometer to monitor the fridge, and having a frigid cold front come through while the camper is parked outside the house so I could do some work on it, the conditions were ripe to test a couple of different heating options. 1995 Northstar TS 1000, uninsulated initially. 1500 watt small cube ceramic electric heater with high/low and thermostat left overnight on high with thermostat set at about 3/4. Outside low temperature 18 degrees. Camper never dropped below 51 degrees. Turned off the electric heater and turned on the Camco Wave 3. Outside temperature 19 degrees. It could only heat the camper to 43 degrees. I installed Reflectrix around the inside of the canvas. 50 minutes later the outside temperature had dropped by one degree and the inside temperature had increased by one degree. I then turned off the Camco and turned the electric heater back on with thermostat set at maximum. One hour later it was 15 degrees outside and 51 degrees inside. Lesson: a 1500 watt electric heater has quite a bit more oomph than a Camco Wave 3 Catalytic heater. If you're going to camp in these kinds of temperatures a Camco 3 is probably going to be inadequate for most people's tastes. I've just turned on my Buddy Heater so it will be interesting to see how it performs compared to the Camco. I'd probably be happy with a heater that could maintain 55 degrees inside at 10 degrees outside or something like that.---edit Little Buddy heater: It was 23 outside and 19 inside when I started the Little Buddy (outside figure is suspect--sensor was in direct sunlight to probably more like 19 inside and outside) One hour later it was 46 degrees inside and 27 outside (again with the same suspicion on outside sensor accuracy. Phone says 14 degrees outside) So the Little Buddy heater is substantially more powerful than the Camco Wave 3.
We run a 2kW Chinese diesel heater in an Apache Eagle trailer (pretty big, all tent, no hard shell roof, no other insulation). The battery (100ah) and fuel tank are sized for about 30 hrs on max (guessing on the fuel consumption). Solar and an extra can of diesel get you out even further.There are lots of Facebook pages dedicated to Chinese diesel heaters. They do seem effective. They come in 2kw, 5kw, 8kw versions. The downside is their electric consumption. It seems slightly less than a typical propane forced air furnace. If you have a diesel truck so don’t need to carry fuel separately, it has the advantage of not depleting propane.