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#21 OFFLINE   tankeryanker

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 02:33 PM

QUOTE (Dean @ Dec 21 2008, 11:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
30K is what the engineers decided to put into the 3000 series campers, I believe that the smaller units had smaller furnaces. The 30K is great when we need it, most of the time we just use the heat strip or the small electric. In real cold weather I like the furnace because it keeps the basement warm.


The 1500 series Bigfoots came with a 16K btu furnace. The 2500 & 3500 all came with a 30K btu furnace.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 06:00 PM

Just think with a 30,000 btu you could have a 4 in duct to the basement area and have no fear of freezing anything as far as I can see its just cheaping out when most have the room.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 07:59 PM

Back in the mid to late 70's I had a Red Dale 9 or 10 foot. Don't beat me up on the numbers as I can't remember sometimes what I did this morning. All it had was a propane radiant heater, no blower motor!! I worked a job one winter in Laramie Wy. I do remember that this Red Dale was built in Co. I think around Lamont. I remember them using I think 3" thick walls back then. I used plastic over the windows and stuffed the vents full of insulation. The temps dropped to extreme lows. I think like -20 for days on end. I remember it staying extremley warm inside given the wind blowing and very cold temps. And it only had a single 20lb. bottle it would last for a week or so. And one other thing that you could do is like I have on my current TC I have one very long pigtail hooked to my regulator. And since I carry a large inclosed trailer almost everywhere I go I keep a 100lb. bottle with me. Because my current TC sucks propane down something fierce when it gets very cold. I sure do miss that old Red Dale! One other trick I learned from my extensive use of RV's in the winter. Is to buy a heat tape a few feet longer than your water hose. and some pipe wrap foam. Place the heat tape right along side the hose and tape it there with duck tape then put the foam wrap around the hose leaving enough to wrap around the water spigot. cove all of it with insulation and tape it up good. Make sure you place the temp sensor for the heat tape next to the hose and don't cover it up. You can do this same trick to the black water hose. Thanks Iron Pony

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 10:24 AM

I was extremely happy with our S&S. Our Lance is having some issues, but i hope to get them worked out. We had some freezeup this weekend when it was about 5 degrees. Not sure the best way to solve it at the moment, but expect some posts from me on the subject here or elsewhere. I'd love to take my time, investigate all possible options, figure out the best people to do it...you know, analyze it to death first, then act. Problem is, we have too many camping plans! I can't park it for a week or two!

Mooney, I'll be curious as to your propane consumption and what not. Hell, with all the heaters you have setup, you ought to be able to melt all the snow in your entire campsite...but it doesn't tell you anything about insulation! smile.gif
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 01:17 PM

Hey Shawn -

I'm reading you are in the park.. psst.. don't tell anyone (especially on the Guns in the Parks thread) but I'm a Ranger here in Yosemite and happen to be working today .. I'll come find you and say howdy.

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QUOTE (Mooney @ Dec 20 2008, 08:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ordered my Host with (3) 12v tank heaters, (2) 12v basement heaters, (2) 110 outlets in the basement, dual pane glass, Wave 6 heater and dual speed furnace.

I'll be in Yosemite all weed for the holiday in freezing conditions and snow . . . I'm covered.


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Posted 22 December 2008 - 05:42 PM

QUOTE (Dave Henderson @ Dec 22 2008, 02:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Shawn -

I'm reading you are in the park.. psst.. don't tell anyone (especially on the Guns in the Parks thread) but I'm a Ranger here in Yosemite and happen to be working today .. I'll come find you and say howdy.

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Dave since you brought it up ,,, what is a park rangers opinion of the law. I know you can't speak for the department but your personal opinions would be interesting. you might want to respond on that thread, or, say nothing. We would understand
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 08:52 PM

You realize that once he has given you his opinion, he may have to shoot you. LOL.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 08:53 PM

If I could find one I would lean toward a Bigfoot 3000 series camper and if it were just me and the wife it would be a non slide model as well. They are very well insulated and well built. I would not worry about them not being in business. They seem to have a good track record.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:42 AM

Ralph -

I don't mind laying out my personal opinion for you (and others) at all.. In the interest of keeping with forum rules I have chosen to post a response on the handgun thread in the appropriate forum.

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QUOTE (ralphl @ Dec 22 2008, 05:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Dave since you brought it up ,,, what is a park rangers opinion of the law. I know you can't speak for the department but your personal opinions would be interesting. you might want to respond on that thread, or, say nothing. We would understand

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 03:36 PM

Most here are saying their own brand is best, but since I don't own one yet, I can give an impartial opinion. I visited the NORTHSTAR factory last fall, those campers are put together like a Ford truck, built tough. I don't think you will find a better unit for the money, and the factory support after the sale is priceless. Stan
I have been a tent camper since my Boy Scout days long, long, ago. Now I need to get up off of the cold ground to get a good nights rest, a truck camper seems to be the best choice. I am here to learn as much as I can.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 03:54 PM

QUOTE (Stan @ Dec 23 2008, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
... those campers are put together like a Ford truck, ...

I would not insult Rex and the NorthStar brand by saying it was built like a Ferd!

...(if you want to allude as to how tough it is... say that it is built like a Cummins LOL) laugh.gif tongue.gif
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:42 PM

QUOTE (Stan @ Dec 23 2008, 03:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Most here are saying their own brand is best, but since I don't own one yet, I can give an impartial opinion. I visited the NORTHSTAR factory last fall, those campers are put together like a Ford truck, built tough. I don't think you will find a better unit for the money, and the factory support after the sale is priceless. Stan


Stan, you don't have one "you are impartial", and are already talking about your service after the sale. That's too funny! smile.gif

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 05:40 PM

I might be wrong but aren,t NorthStars limited to smaller campers?

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 07:02 PM

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I might be wrong but aren,t NorthStars limited to smaller campers?
I guess it depends on your definition of "smaller." NorthStar makes a 10.5 XL which seems to be a decent size.
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 10:02 PM

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I guess it depends on your definition of "smaller." NorthStar makes a 10.5 XL which seems to be a decent size.



NS Windows alone put them to the top of the "winter" campers.



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Posted 24 December 2008 - 12:23 AM

Its not in production, hasn't been since 1974, but my KIT has dealt well with below freezing temps for extended periods of time. This included being off the truck with strong east winds blowing drifting snow and icy cold against it for days at at a time. Heats with a 14,000 BTU Suburban Propane Furnace.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 05:14 AM

Looking at Northstars website it shows a 9.5 camper but I couldn,t see a 10.5 XL anywhere?

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 07:15 AM

I had a Northstar 2000 10.5 XL and that was about the last year they were made. It was an excellent camper.
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Posted 24 December 2008 - 07:18 AM

I check out Five Star's website weekly. HERE is a used one they have for an idea of what they are like. I noticed too that they are not on the website. Perhaps it is a special order since it is a larger one.

QUOTE (Gary @ Dec 24 2008, 06:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Looking at Northstars website it shows a 9.5 camper but I couldn,t see a 10.5 XL anywhere?


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Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:08 AM

I tell ya, now that Snowriver and Bigfoot are out of the picture, Citation/Corsair make a great winterised camper. I'm pretty sure the Polar Package comes standard now. If they are as good as my 5'er I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I could................................Steve... fing32.gif




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