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Old 12-03-2017, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hi! Just retired and bought 2014 23 fun finder. Total newbies, we are trying to learn as much as possible.

Our first trip will be north and the nights will be cold. Unfortunately, where we
are going this time will be dry camping.

We did get a Champion propane inverter generator, but we are wondering how much propane the heater will use and if the small 20 lb bottles will last through the night.

Does anyone have any experience they can share with us on this?

We are looking forward to learning from all you and maybe meeting some of you on the road.
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:42 PM   #2
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So, just how far north are you going and for how long?

Your propane inverter generator should have some mfg rating on fuel consumption.

As for the furnace and water heater on propane, the consumption is quite low has been my experience, however, don't have any exact consumption rating and have never used a full 30# bottle of propane in a camping season.

Propane is measured in British Thermal Units, or BTUs. Propane appliances use a certain amount of BTU per hour. And one gallon of propane has 91,574 BTUs. This gives you a vague idea of how much energy your propane appliances are likely to consume: their performance is measured in BTUs, whereas you buy propane at a certain price per gallon.


BTW: my fun finder came with two 30# propane tanks & I belive 60# of propane is equalivant to 14 gallons of propane.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:58 PM   #3
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Only as far as Savannah Ga this time for two days.

The Champion inverter generator folks say approximately 14 hours for a 20# cylinder @ 25% load. It shouldn't see much load at all since only will be running heat, no AC this trip. Expected temps in the upper 30's at night, so the heater fan, lights and maybe sporadic water pump operation expected. I guess we'll find out. I have a spare bottle if needed. We will be sure to pass on that info later.

Since the refrigerator primary is electrical, it may also be running some too, unless I lock it into manual gas mode.

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Between the two bottles, you should have more than enough. If not, propane is available at some truck stops, and exchange at WalMarts and other locations as well.
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for responding.

Yeah, I went with the 20# cylinders because they will fit in the truck bed under the hard top bed cover. The camper has the 30# cylinders but they supply the trailer. I believe they have propane at the campground we are staying at so it shouldn't be a problem. Just a little apprehensive being the first time out with it. The generator is dual fuel and I chose to use propane. Wattage is 3400/3050 with gas/propane. I tried it at home and it powers up everything including the AC so I think it is a good size, plus it fits in the truck bed as well with the cover closed. We'll let everyone know how it turns out.
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Well wishing you a great camping trip and please, report back on the event.

BTW ~ just wondering what the BTU rating is for your A/C unit.

Curious as you stated the gen/inverter is 3400/3050 gas/propane and that is fine for a 13,500 BTU A/C unit but a little small for a 15,000 BTU A/C unit that requires 3500 start up watts per this chart: Wattage Chart

Living up here in the northern Great Plains ~ this is our forecast for tomorrow ~ up to 3" of snow and 50 MPH winds.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weath...eason/70003444

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Chief, welcome to the club! Be sure to ask lots of questions if this is your first trailer -- us old-timers love to give advice -- it makes us feel useful.

Anyway, we do a lot of cold weather camping in the Sierras -- you will have plenty of propane, I am sure. Just a bit of dry camping advice -- we run the heater during shower time, and rarely at any other time. At night, we use a down comforter -- so even when the temp inside the trailer is in the low 30s, we are warm and comfortable.

Good luck, and let us know how it went!
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profdant139 Thanks,
It was miserable with all the cold temps and rain the first night, so I ran the furnace as much to help dry the RV out as try to keep it tolerable inside. We also had the puppy inside with us, Dobes don't have too much of a coat so had to keep her warm too. It worked out ok though.
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profdant139 Thanks,
It was miserable with all the cold temps and rain the first night, so I ran the furnace as much to help dry the RV out as try to keep it tolerable inside. We also had the puppy inside with us, Dobes don't have too much of a coat so had to keep her warm too. It worked out ok though.
One more thing you might have noticed. Heating an RV in chilly temperatures builds up a lot of condensation. Good to crack a window or two or open a vent a bit. Also microfiber cloths are great for wiping down the windows before they drip.
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profdant139 Thanks,
It was miserable with all the cold temps and rain the first night, so I ran the furnace as much to help dry the RV out as try to keep it tolerable inside. We also had the puppy inside with us, Dobes don't have too much of a coat so had to keep her warm too. It worked out ok though.
Welcome to the group. Great to hear you had a fine first night out of cold temp. Enjoy
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