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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #60 on: December 11, 2013, 04:30:34 PM »
Clifford, I've found that the most economical for me is hooked up to the power pole.  Of course, it's best when I'm parked at your place or Sonnie's ;D
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #61 on: December 11, 2013, 06:42:39 PM »
I will have to check the brand of dehumidifier I have. It was around $230 at lowes but more than  worth it. Leave your doors all open to your bedroom during the day. It will pull gallons of water out of the air.


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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #62 on: December 11, 2013, 11:24:06 PM »
I will have to check the brand of dehumidifier I have. It was around $230 at lowes but more than  worth it. Leave your doors all open to your bedroom during the day. It will pull gallons of water out of the air.


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Ya do know that a "dry" heat is colder than a "wet" heat don't ya?
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #63 on: December 12, 2013, 03:39:50 AM »
That's true though. Less humidity makes it feel colder. I grew up in Tucson and lived in Phoenix too. Those desert nights could be brutal. Just snapped this current temp here where our bus is parked. Interior is steady at 74 degrees. I think we are pretty happy. We received about 6 inches of new snow yesterday and now there is a weather warning for a potential storm coming Friday and Saturday. I have to manage to perform at three different Christmas concerts in the next 8 days so the Land Cruiser will be getting a workout....and the Camry, well we haven't unburied her from the last storm two weeks ago. May not drive her all winter if this keeps up.


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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #64 on: December 12, 2013, 04:34:31 AM »
If you have a humidity gauge you could experiment to find what level/range would give you the best heat with the least moisture. You probably don't need to run the de-humidifier 24/7.
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #65 on: December 12, 2013, 10:02:01 AM »
Humidity is considered latent heat, so removing humidity is technically would seem to be removing some heat energy.  The dehumidifier though, as I understand it, is like running a window AC with both sides on the inside of the room.  There is no heat extracted other than the water you collect and dispose of.  At the same time, the work that the dehumidifier is doing is all transformed into heat energy and added to the room.  Hence, if  your dehumidifier runs on 500 watts, it is adding 1750 or so BTU's to the bus, which may be roughly a trade off for the latent energy it is removing. 

Maybe someone with real HVAC experience can correct any mistakes I've assumed.
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #66 on: December 12, 2013, 11:27:21 AM »
I love the latent heat humidity generates when it turns to ice on the inside of the windshields priceless  ::)
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #67 on: December 12, 2013, 11:37:06 AM »
haha cliff! :) I think a good number is somewhere in the mid 40% range. anything above 55% can encourage mold right? Anything below 40% and you are waking up with dry mouth. Of course, you arizona peeps always have dry mouth. accompanied by valley fever.
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #68 on: December 12, 2013, 04:16:41 PM »
Here is an interesting article on dehumidifiers.  It does not use the term but is dealing with the concept of latent heat.  It would seem though, that I was mistaken in how it works with a dehumidifier.  According to this, one gets increased heat output.

http://www.iwilltry.org/b/heat-your-home-with-a-dehumidifier/
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #69 on: December 12, 2013, 04:54:28 PM »
Our dehumidifier puts out quite a bit of heat


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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #70 on: December 13, 2013, 07:08:45 AM »
   On You Tube there's a video of a guy who built a homemade outdoor portable wood boiler for his RV.  It might

    be a lot of work in the long run, however they do put out the heat.

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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #71 on: December 13, 2013, 07:20:11 AM »
Burning wood is a great idea...us Michiganders do it as a lifestyle. But plenty of places in the country wouldn't be too happy with our wood smokestack billowing out more smog. I can tell you one thing is for sure, we insulated our coach very well...and we are holding steady temps of the high 70's inside the coach even when the temp dropped to -1 yesterday morning. But, I will do two things differently next conversion in terms of heat:

1. Insulate even more. If I have the ceiling space, it's going to have reflectix and insulation in there.
2. Install propane furnace with full ductwork
   a. install underfloor heating
   b. install better windows than my Hehr dual panes.

Do they make a triple pane window for the RV industry?
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #72 on: January 02, 2014, 08:48:09 PM »
And the beat goes on.


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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #73 on: January 03, 2014, 02:57:30 AM »
Wow and here I am complaining about a low of 42 degrees in AZ
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Re: Need more heat.
« Reply #74 on: January 03, 2014, 04:25:30 AM »
But Clifford,  42 degrees IS cold in Az.    ;D
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