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Heating in trailers matt 10-12-02  
I am looking into buying a 1978 16' trailer. One of the big questions in purchasing a trailer for us was "does it have heat?" The one we are looking at doesn't but we have been told that using the oven is just as good since it is so small. Will we find old small trailers with heat or is it true that the oven will work just fine as a heating system?
cheers,
Matt
Re: heating in trailers Paul 10-28-02  
Matt -- don't do it! Ovens, if not adjusted perfectly and burning very pure fuel, can release carbon monoxide and other gases. Additionally, the risk of burns or fire are enormous in the confines of a small trailer. Instead, I have found that a small electric "cube" heater (the ceramic type) will very adequately heat my 18' 1972 Starcraft. If you will be camping where there is no electricity, a white gas or propane "catalytic" heater burns much cleaner than an oven, and has safety shut-offs built in. These heaters are available at any WalMart or sporting goods store. I carry an electric cube and a small catalytic heater in my camper, and have never once been cold.
Re: heating in trailers Tom 7-11-03  
Don't even think about it!
Gas appliances are vented outside the RV. Not so with a stove.This is very dangerous and can and does cause fatalies.Even the old heaters without a power heat exchanger can be dangerous, thats why they don't make them any more. If you want heat(and I think you will) find a unit with a good working heater.I have seen a lot of people use small electric heaters but no type of gas heater from a store is for indoor use. Please! do not put your family in a camper with any type of gas or liquid heater unless it is an outside vented heater installed by the manufacturer.
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