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Old 09-16-2018, 06:34 AM   #1
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T2363 - going rustic camping for 1st time!

Going rustic camping for the first time. Any suggestions on what to do or not to do? Does furnace only run on propane or does it take battery as well? Just want to conserve battery as much as possible because of CPAP use at night.

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Furnace burner uses propane for heat, but the blower uses 12 volt battery power. Use it as little as possible as it is a sizable draw on battery.

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In addition to the furnace blower, the refrigerator controls and LP gas detector will draw power too. Depending on how cold it is and the type/condition of your battery, your battery won't last very long. With a typical single group 24 battery in healthy condition and not very old, you'll probably find it'll last about a day with temps in the 40s-60s. Maybe less depending on how much the CPAP uses.

Do you have a generator or some way to recharge the battery?

There are some other battery options that can extend your range, but unless you want to go off grid regularly, it probably doesn't make financial sense.
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We've camped a few times with no hookups for a week at a time during the summer months, so no heat needed, but the battery was fine for lights which we kept off as much as possible. Also, trying to conserve water by using the bath house kept the pump use to a minimum.
I don't know how much a CPAP uses.
We just replaced all bulbs with LED's recently which also helps on battery drain.
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I have spent several years full time in a T2363 (year 2000 model). We stayed for months on end in the midwest in the winter and spent six night below zero in the trailer.

It took a lot of mods to be able to do this. If you are serious about this, do an upgrade on your batteries by modifying your front A frame and installing two six volt golf cart batteries. That will give you more power. You will need it. Short of that, take extra car batteries or a generator.

Good luck on your adventure. On the breathing machine, if it is critical, get a big UPS to run it and test it before hand to know it will last long enough.

If you need more info on modifying a T2363, let me know. Glad to help. I just upgraded to an Arctic Fox 25R and I am beginning many of the same mods I did on my Sunline again.
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