Friday, April 15, 2022

Big Buddy Heater Conversion.

Now that I have started working on the motorhome, I can't stop!  I have now decided to add a "Big Buddy" propane heater to the rig. The electronic board in the furnace is once again toast and yes it is the upgraded "Dinosaur" board from Oregon. It lasted about two years, twice as long as any of the others. I will buy the Big Buddy at Lowes in Nanaimo and the brand name ten foot hose from Amazon. About $250 total after taxes here in Canada, about half the cost of getting yet another Dinosaur board installed. I will run it off a 20 pound bottle and the ten foot hose until I can get it plumbed in. It will be more reliable. quieter and much cheaper to run.

While I was out doing the LED lights I remembered to check the water level in the six volt golf cart batteries. All four were down about a quarter of a litre each. Not good but I think I got to them in time!

In related news, I need a new laptop! I dropped this one onto my hardwood floor and now it shuts down unexpectedly. It shut down twice in the time it took me to write this. Each time I have to take the battery off, wait a bit, prepace the battery and restart it. I will buy another refurbished Dell.

Mr. Heater F274865 MH18B Big Buddy Portable Heater Massachusetts And Canada Version 4,000-18,000 BTU

7 comments:

  1. We used the Big Buddy in our fifth wheel for the morning chill when we wintered in Arizona. We liked that it had two burners which could be run together or just one burner once it was warm enough. We also liked the adjustment which could lower the flame. In Arizona it didn't take long in the morning to warm up the RV. In our truck camper in the winter it doesn't take long to do the job because of the smaller space. Should work equally as well in your Class C. Remember to crack a window for safety.

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    1. I may have to run it for a while off the 20 pound bottle as these heaters are technically illegal in Canada. Running the hose through a window will force me to keep it cracked.Did you have yours plumbed into the propane system?

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    2. We had a propane 40 lb propane tank outside and ran the hose through the window and shut the window down on it. I put a rolled up towel to seal it. The window I opened a little was a small one above the kitchen sink to take advantage of the bug screen.

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  2. Added our Glow warm heater the second year we were Rving...froze our asses off the first yearūü§£ Eric plumbed a quick connect into the main living space and between it and the oil filled electric heater(when we had power) we were toasty warm. We have 9 foot ceilings in the main area of the Cyclone so it's a big space to heat. Never had a problem with it.

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    1. Good to hear Kathy, I know it will be far better than the existing furnace.

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  3. You are "on a roll" with Spring Cleaning of the motor home. I expect in about another four weeks or so you will take off on an adventure.......somewhere. Lucky you!

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    1. I hope so Barbara. I still haven't got my head around traveling alone but whatever happens, the motorhome will be ready for it.

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