General Hi-Lo camper discussion The perfect place to discuss your Hi-Lo camper
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-02-2017, 04:07 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 10
Default Battery drain from heater use

We have a 2008 1508T Hi-Lo trailer. We bought it this past spring and have not yet needed to use the heater. Now that it's getting cooler, we want to use the heater, but we've been told that using it drains the batteries pretty significantly. Is this true? How about if we were plugged into AC current? Also, does it use excessive propane? Thanks for your response in advance. Jerry
__________________

goyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2017, 04:22 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
hilltool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,148
Default

It doesn't use excessive propane- depending on what you call "excessive". If you leave it running all night for a couple of nights it will add to your battery drain no doubt. With two group 24 batteries I've streteched mine out for three or four nights but I use everything judiciously. If you are plugged into AC current almost NOTHING drains your battery as your converter is changing that AC current to DC current and so your furnace, lights, etc do not need to go your battery to get electricity. If you are plugged in and worried about propane use then a nice little electric/ceramic heater should heat a 15 footer nicely. Another option is a "Mr Buddy" heater that will run off its own propane tank but YOU MUST LEAVE WINDOWS SIGNIFICANTLY CRACKED FOR VENTILATION OR YOU WILL DIE FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISIONING! I also find them sort of bright and like sleeping with a light on.

Rick
__________________

__________________
2201 TL

2010 Nissan Titan king cab SE
4x4
hilltool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2017, 10:18 AM   #3
Moderator
 
RichR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW PA
Posts: 3,123
Default

If you throw on an extra blanket and turn the thermostat down to about 55 you can save significant battery and gas. As mentioned, a cube heater does a very good job when hooked to shore power. Remember, we are campers and we are tough.
__________________
My Great Wife Joyce
2018 Jayco Jay Flight 21QB
Formerly owned 1705T and 2310H
2012 F150 4X4 SuperCrew EcoBoost w/Leer Cap
Reese WD Strait-Line Hitch
Amateur Radio K3EXU
RichR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2017, 11:41 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
JackandJanet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pine, AZ
Posts: 2,664
Default

I'm with Rich! Turn the heater off at night (or down very low). Use blankets. Then, use it in the morning to get the chill off.

- Jack
__________________
Hi-Lo 1707T - Tire Minder TPMS on Tow Vehicle and Trailer, 300W Solar Battery Charger, Equal-i-zer WDH
2014 F150 Platinum 4x4 3.5L EcoBoost SCrew
JackandJanet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2017, 11:58 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Riverside County, CA
Posts: 623
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JackandJanet View Post
I'm with Rich! Turn the heater off at night (or down very low). Use blankets. Then, use it in the morning to get the chill off.

- Jack
I agree with Rich and Jack. We have had snow on the ground when we wake up in the morning, frost all over the TV and trailer, but we have never used the heater during the night. It's amazing how fast you can get rid of the chill with a pot of coffee brewing and the heater on for a few minutes.
__________________
Fantastic Wife
2005 Toyota Tundra V-8 4.7L
2705T Tow Lite
1999 21T Tow Lite
Garry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2017, 12:36 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
hilltool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,148
Default

Well, also what jack and Rich and Gary say. That said- I find when I get up to make coffee the burners for heating water warm things up pretty well, also. The wife thinks I am very special if I've raised the temperature in the trailer and have fresh coffee for her at the same time.

Rick
__________________
2201 TL

2010 Nissan Titan king cab SE
4x4
hilltool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2017, 12:59 PM   #7
Moderator
 
RichR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW PA
Posts: 3,123
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hilltool View Post
Well, also what jack and Rich and Gary say. That said- I find when I get up to make coffee the burners for heating water warm things up pretty well, also. The wife thinks I am very special if I've raised the temperature in the trailer and have fresh coffee for her at the same time.

Rick
You are a very smart man. That coffee on the burner warms things in various ways.
__________________
My Great Wife Joyce
2018 Jayco Jay Flight 21QB
Formerly owned 1705T and 2310H
2012 F150 4X4 SuperCrew EcoBoost w/Leer Cap
Reese WD Strait-Line Hitch
Amateur Radio K3EXU
RichR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 12:26 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 164
Default

We used our 22' one hunting trip when it was well below freezing, overnight low teens, never getting to 32 during the day. The first night I put the furnace at 65 and it seemed to run almost constantly. The next night knowing the single marine battery wasn't going to take 3 nights of that I lowered the thermostat to 55 and it ran about 1/4 of the time. Still comfortable inside and we made it all 3 nights using the heater only from 9pm to 6am.

This is on a 1994 Funlight which after repairing the walls found no insulation in there. Don't know about the roof.
Hersbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 07:05 PM   #9
sam
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Niagara Falls,NY
Posts: 3,506
Default Heater use

Flannel PJS,Flannel sheets and some warm blankets and a nice thick comforter. Then In the AM fire up the stove for a hardy breakfast with the vent cracked. Rugs on the floor keep your feet happy. I also made snakes filled with beans to place around the HiLo in less than sealed up areas such as the door and inner areas between the upper and lower half. This is on the interior.
sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2017, 05:38 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Adrian, Mi.
Posts: 143
Default

A cozy electric blanket can help create a good attitude and a good night sleep.
__________________

Bravada is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Hi-Lo Trailers Worldwide or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
HiLoTrailerForum.com Copyright 2010