Tuesday, October 3, 2023


How fast does your propane furnace heat your RV?

Baby, it’s collllllllld outside! No, really, it’s cold! (Well, lots of places, anyway.) When using your propane furnace, how quickly (or not) does it heat your RV?

Does it heat your RV very fast? Slowly but works well? Slowly and doesn’t work well? Is the whole darn thing just worthless? Please tell us in the poll below. Thanks, and stay warm!

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1 year ago

It works well but if hooked to shore power we use a infrared space heater.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

I’ve never fired mine up. Just used a small electric one to keep it above 60.

1 year ago

21 foot trailer and man does that heat up the trailer. Sometimes I cannot get it right and it runs for ever. But once I get it right I leave it or mark it. Like toasty not charred.

1 year ago

I plug in my EdenPure infared heater and that keeps my rig evenly warm! At home, too! The cost of running them is pretty low cost 🙂

Lawrence Neely
1 year ago

I would not say it is fast but it is not “slow”. And it maintains the heat in the trailer pretty good

Mel Jones
1 year ago

We have an aqua hot

1 year ago

Heat? It’s 75 outside. A/C is more like it.

1 year ago

We are all electric, no propane.

1 year ago

We have two Suburban propane furnaces and two heat pumps. In a campground where typically there is no additional charge for electric we run the heat pumps if the temperature is 40 deg F or higher and propane for lower temps, it works very well. In our long term site electricity is more expensive than propane so long as I take the tanks to the fill station. Therefore, even though I have a 30 gal built in tank I use Extend a Stay hose to run to 7 gallon tanks (the heaviest I am comfortable moving when full). At present we are running through two a week with the temps running in mid 30s to mid 40s overnight and highs ranging from mid 50s to mid 60s – terrible SoCal weather. Coach is a ’12 Phaeton 36QSH.

1 year ago

but we use it sparingly opting instead for either the overhead heat pumps and/or our portable electric space heaters.

Scott Pruett
1 year ago

I never use it. I have a ceramic heater that was added and does a nice job of heating up the rig.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

Our 35ft Georgetown has a decent heater but the heat isn’t very well distributed. The floor vents only run from midships to the bedroom in the back, relying on the chassis heater to keep the cockpit warm. When the furnace is on, it gets the back warm quickly, but we only have one vent to the front, and that runs through the kitchen slide to a small wall vent. Unfortunately, the flexible hose has been ripped open several times over the years. I ended up replacing the hose with a sturdier aircraft quality hose, and added a metallic joint right where the hose gets beaten up by the cabinet in the slide. Haven’t had any issues in the two winters since that repair.

1 year ago

We have a heat pump in place of the rooftop AC unit, plus a propane furnace, in our 25′ Sprinter Class C. So, when it is so cold (ie., heading for “Snowbirdland” from Colorado in January), the heat pump is handy for quickly distributing the heat.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
1 year ago

Many RV’s at 40 Ft or a bit smaller come with only one furnace for heat. We had our 40 Ft DP coach built with two furnaces to go with the normal two AC’s. Our coach is built with a mid entry separating the living area from the bedroom and main bathroom area. One furnace and AC for each area. The furnaces and the AC units are very efficient to heat or cool their respective areas very quickly. While on the road when first waking up, if necessary we use the furnaces to heat our coach before turning on the generator and using electrical space heaters to take over. Just our way. Stay safe, Satay well and Happy New Year to All

1 year ago

It definitely depends on how cold it is. At 50degrees it does fine. At 30degrees not very good.

John Koenig
1 year ago

My 39′ Super-C has TWO propane furnaces and TWO heat pumps. I rarely use either. I DO use two ceramic heaters (one up front, one in the rear) set on the LOW (750 watt) heat setting. I’ll put on a “hoodie” if the inside temp drops to ~ 60 degrees (I’ve ALWAYS preferred cold weather to hot).

bob cooper
1 year ago

Other. Our RV is all electric; we have no propane and no propane furnace.

Terri Murray
1 year ago

Furnace that services my small bedroom heats it up very fast. The large living area has another furnace but because of the large space it just never gets it warm.

Jeff Abrams
1 year ago

I use “cheap heat” which converts a propane furnace to electric central heat. Now I only use the propane as backup in a power outage. I haven’t used propane in 7 years of full timing. It runs on 120 ac. Easy add on conversion. Uses same thermostat.

Neal Davis
1 year ago

Other. Our RV is all electric; we have no propane and no propane furnace.

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