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    Posted: 15 Sep 2017 at 10:53am
We getting ready for our first extended camp out with our 4-month-old daughter. We have a 2016 177 and we have 4 nights planned at parks with no hook-ups (I've rigged two new 12v batteries). The recent forecast has changed considerably and we are now looking at lows of 40 degrees overnight.

I know that some rPodders use a Mr. Buddy propane heater when dry camping instead of the built-in unit (ours is fairly noisy at night). Has anyone successfully used a portable propane heater inside the pod while sleeping and having a little one on board? I'm a little concerned about fumes and safety running it at night inside. Are there any suggestions for particular units to buy or other ideas while dry camping for all night heat (battery powered)?

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I bought a "Mr Buddy".  I had to set it next to the door and crack the door so it would remain lit.   I got some heat but I got a lot of cold air through the cracked door.

Since that experience I just use the furnace on the rPod.  The fan is loud but it does the job.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Leo B Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 2017 at 11:33am
We use a Mr Buddy propane heater in the rpod and in my ice fishing shanty. So far works great. We leave the ceiling fan vent cracked a bit and have a vent in the shanty to protect against fumes.  
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Thanks for the feedback. I probably will not be able to sleep anyway if I'm running an external propane heater inside the pod because I'll be thinking of my little one. Probably best just to run the built-in heater.
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I have both the Buddy and Little Buddy heaters.

We found the Buddy is great for cold nights under the dome, but would blast us out in the pod. The Little Buddy is great for taking the chill off the inside of the pod. We don't run either all night. Prefer sleeping bags and/or blankets and Henry (the camping cat) for warm comfortable sleeping. First one up turns furnace on or Little Buddy, puts water on for coffee and tea and feeds Henry before breakfast.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlueGuy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 2017 at 3:01pm
None of the propane Buddies that I looked at is certified for "indoor" use. Sure they have an oxygen sensor, but I think you may be taking chances with children or infants. I believe I would not be comfortable using one inside the pod. I'd prefer the built-in furnace.
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I bought a propane heater made specifically for indoor use. Has both the tip over and carbon/oxygen monoxide monitor. I cannot remember the name but it was expensive ($160). Works like a charm. I will look at the make when I get home.
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Got lucky and googled it. It is a Mr. Heater Big Buddy Propane Heater. It was $160 but they have smaller ones.

The smaller is good for 200 sq.ft. 4K BTU and 9K BTU settings. 3 - 6 hours with 1 pound bottle. 20 pound 48 - 110 hours. It is $80.

I bought the larger for use in the house when we lose power during the ice storms. It works fantastic. Expensive but well constructed and operates very quite.
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Thanks very much. Would love to hear what model you bought. Thank you!
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Got lucky and googled it. It is a Mr. Heater Big Buddy Propane Heater. It was $160 but they have smaller ones.

The smaller is good for 200 sq.ft. 4K BTU and 9K BTU settings. 3 - 6 hours with 1 pound bottle. 20 pound 48 - 110 hours. It is $80.

I bought the larger for use in the house when we lose power during the ice storms. It works fantastic. Expensive but well constructed and operates very quite.
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