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    • #54536
      Johnnyb
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      Hello, do any of you run your truck camper furnace while driving down the highway? We’ll be leaving New England for Florida in a few weeks and thought it would be nice to turn on the furnace an hour before stopping for that one overnight stop. We always have the propane on to run the fridge anyway so I’m not concerned about that aspect. We have a hard-side non-slide camper. The camper’s plumbing will remain winterized until we get to our destination. Thoughts?

      John B 2013 Adventurer 86FB 02 F250 5.4L 4X2 6 Speed Manual Super Cab 6 3/4 bed.

    • #54550

      I have nothing to base this on other than gut reaction: I wouldn’t do it. Others may have a different opinion.

    • #54589
      Wheeldog
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      We don’t have a choice. Have to run the furnace. Usually come down to America from Alaska in November. Been in temps as low as 10 below. Got to keep stuff from freezing. Have the water system winterized. In those temps a propane bottle only lasts a couple of days.

      2016 3500 HD Durmax

      1994 S and S 9.5' Camper (SOLD)
      1999 S and S 9.5 Camper

    • #54693

      Well, Wheeldog, I’ll revise my opinion to, “Might do it if circumstances (like yours) require it.” Still don’t think it would be my first choice, but I guess I won’t rule it out.
      Bryan

    • #55025
      ardvark
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      Not a problem. Folks with motorhomes do it using the exact same equipment routinely.

      Steve and Andra
      2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
      Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
      2019 Northstar Laredo SC

    • #56345
      Zack R
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      When its really cold out we leave ours running while driving to keep the pipes from freezing. I had no issues, even at highway speeds.

    • #56419
      Stan
      Participant

      When its really cold out we leave ours running while driving to keep the pipes from freezing. I had no issues, even at highway speeds.

      Ditto. Also, while traveling hot summer days in the Deep South or Southwest if I’m not stopping until bedtime I’ll run the AC for an hour or so to cool down the mattress so I don’t have to sweat on it for a couple hours until it cools down. Once the mattress gets hot it’ll hold that heat for hours.

      2017 Arctic Fox 1150 Dry Bath, 510 watts Solar, 300 Ah lithium battery, 2000 watt MPPT inverter, A/C, propane genset, various cabinet mods. Previous 2007 Arctic Fox 990 and 5vr.

      2007 Dodge 3500 4x4 5.9 Cummins dually.

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