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Anyone heating their camper shell or roof top tent? How?

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by jpbewley, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. Apr 19, 2020 at 3:54 PM
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    jpbewley

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    I'm curious how others are heating their camper shells or roof top tents for really cold weather camping... like sub-zero? I'm thinking about mounting a diesel heater up under the frame and move this system below to a permanent install.

     
  2. Apr 19, 2020 at 4:06 PM
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    Lil buddy heater to take the chill off before entering and exiting my sleeping bag. Have been well below freezing but haven’t done sub zero. Single digits are cold enough for me.
     
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  3. Apr 19, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    Do you get much condensation? I've been using a candle... but need a little more oomph!
     
  4. Apr 19, 2020 at 4:56 PM
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    I’ve got a carpeted headliner so I don’t see any built up condensation but my breath does really start to show. Seems to taper off pretty quick though as the temp climbs.
     
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    I use one of those chinese diesel heaters. Works well. I dont run it all night but usually in the morning and as a side effect it dries out the camper/tent really well.
     
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    From that thread

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  9. Apr 19, 2020 at 6:04 PM
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    I’m looking into a propex heater, still looking at options as well, something that is indirect.

    Right now waiting on getting my ARE DCU back to see where I could mount it.
     
  10. Apr 19, 2020 at 6:14 PM
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  11. Apr 19, 2020 at 6:35 PM
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    Let me know what you decide. There is a lot of room underneath the bed but I worry about water crossings. I have a propex in my teardrop and it works great.
     
  12. Apr 20, 2020 at 10:15 PM
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    Another diesel heater here. Works great and doesn't add a bunch of moisture or CO to the tent.
     
  13. Apr 21, 2020 at 4:03 AM
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    While on fishing trips, several times a year I sleep in the back of my Snug-Top when the temps are below freezing.

    At first I really liked the Heater Buddy, but it became extremely unpredictable and I wouldn't recommend it, particularly if you are camping at higher elevations. My Heater Buddy became extremely hard to start and it would constantly turn itself off, even though I always made sure it was in a well ventilated area. There of numerous posts on the internet with other people having similar problems. I think the problem lies with the oxygen sensors that are built into the heater.

    On my last trip I went simple and it worked great. It is a propane heater meant to be used outside to heat golf carts. I used mine in the back of my shell and I always made sure it was in front of a vented window. I only use the heater in the morning after I wake up and in the evening before going to sleep. I don't sleep with it on.

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  16. Apr 21, 2020 at 7:35 AM
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    I have a UCO 3 candle lantern. Wont heat my camper but takes the chill out. I dont sleep with it burning.
     
  18. Apr 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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    Little Buddy heater. However, last few trips, I just threw a couple hand warmers in my sleeping bag. I was very toasty. Temps were in the teens. I know that's not sub-zero, but i basically use one hand warmer when i go to sleep if i'm cold. When I wake up to pee at like 0300-0400, if it's cold, I'll break open two more and toss in my bag. Usually more than enough for me.
     
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  19. Apr 22, 2020 at 1:01 PM
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    Just eat a bunch of these and zip yourself up tight in a sleeping bag - SCIENCE!!

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    I use a 12V throw like truckers use to keep me warm in the RTT. The throw is under the sheet and heat rises so the comforter holds the heat in. Power it using a Yeti 400. The throw has a timer on it and it shuts off in about 4 hours. It worked well in 30 degree weather. I was never out in weather colder than that so I don't when it's effectiveness stops.
     
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    We use a “little buddie”. The first time we used it I was in the rtt setting shit up. The wife was In the annex getting herself and our son into pjs she yelled up how “nice” it felt. I’m like I’m boiling up here She laughed and came up the ladder and said wow we don’t need to keep that on long to heat the tent. I’m like I know I’ve been sweating up here setting it up.
     
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  23. Apr 23, 2020 at 9:50 PM
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    @osidepunker and @Challenger1 have been discussing this. We all woke up in Johnson Valley last year to a 24* morning. That's cold for me.
     
  24. Apr 24, 2020 at 7:21 AM
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    yeah I have a forced air heating system all planned out, but its not cheap, over $1k in parts. The cool thing is you can pull the hose from the tent and run it to your shower tent if you wanted, or an ARB room if you have one for your awning. A 10lbs bottle should last 3-4 nights I believe

    Every damn summer I say I want to install it, then in the fall I say its too complicated and expensive and sleeping bags work well enough, then by the end of winter I say dammit I wish I had it done, then in the spring I forget about it again LOL
     
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    You can do all that with a diesel heater for under $200. I've used maybe a gallon of fuel after 5 nights with outside temps in the 30's & 40's and my tent around 70. 1.jpg
     
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    Yes true. But then you have to carry 3 fuels, gas propane and diesel
     
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    True, depending on the setup. My heater has the fuel tank built in and my propane tank is mounted on the trailer, so it's not much extra to carry in my situation other than the heater itself. On the plus side, you don't have to worry about not being able to cook cause you used up all your propane with the heater.
     
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    Mock up...Test cardboard Propex, going to fab up some aluminum brackets to mount it to and replace the screen with a piece of black aluminum that’s removable. At least that’s the plan.

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