I am planning a Thanksgiving camp out at a friend's property on the Withlacoochie River in the Panhandle of Florida. Temps may get down to 50 and Florida folks die below 60 so I am looking at the Mr. Heater Buddy portable and since I will be bringing 20 g. propane tanks for cook outs anyway am thinking of running a 12' hose with regulator and filter to the Mr. Heater buddy in the camper. My camper box is 11' long.
I've read most folks use their existing propane heaters in their vintage campers but I don't have one so would like to see if anyone on the list have used the Mr. Heater Buddy and what they thought of it. The heater, and the filter will come to about $87 Amazon. I already have two propane hoses with regulators.
Post by turbodaddy on Sept 7, 2018 15:59:52 GMT -8
It will most likely only get that cold at night. Unless you plan on camping further north frequently,I'd just pile on the blankets, knowing that it'll warm up quickly in the morning. Just the stove or propane lamp will take off the chill. Or, if you could hook up to your friend's electric, I think you'd be better off with a cheap 120VAC heater. Maybe $30 max. If you're going to spend $ on propane, I'd suggest doing it full on in the proper, safe way.
I agree with Turbodaddy. You may not need a heater at 50 degrees...
Plus, the Mr. Buddy is designed to operate on the little "bottles" of propane. It won't work on a trailer's regulated system, as it has it's own regulator. You will need to hook up to high pressure LP to get it to work.
Honestly, if you want a heater, I would install a Wave 3. It connects to the trailer system and is MUCH more efficient than a little Buddy. The Little Buddy I tried only ran 4 hours on high with a little bottle.
A Mr heater has a range of 4000- 9000btu. We have one and on low it warms the camper in no time. Running it on high at 25 degree weather will have you sweating.
Wave3 is a range of 1600-3000BTUs. We have one of these heaters and it does a fine job of keeping the camper warm...but, if you want to warm the camper in the morning on a cold day it will take a couple of hours to reach 72 degrees.
I agree with the above posts, If all you're concerned with is one trip on Thanksgiving, in FL, I'd use a cheap 120VAC heater. If you plan on camping up North (off the grid) over the winter you'll need a heater.
We camp in 20 degree weather with no heat. We put 14 quilts and blankets on the bed when we get in bed pull back as many blankets as you need. 1 thin blanket on top is all you need for summer. In 20 degree weather you need 7 blankets on both top and bottom. In 50 degree weather you probably only need 2 or 3 blankets on top leave the other 11 blankets on bottom. I would be more worried about alligators and snakes than a heater. Don't put a propane heater inside a camper exhaust will kill you dead.
Post by HOTRODPRIMER on Nov 9, 2018 14:25:03 GMT -8
There are hundreds of expensive portable ceramic electric heaters that will keep you warm and toasty, our 12 year old granddaughter and her friend spent the night in our '57 Shasta next to the garage last December and the temperatures dipped down to 30 degree and they slept comfortable. Danny
Camping: the art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.