|A Winter Camping Surprise, Pic by Don Bobbitt|
As I have mentioned before, my wife and I have often camped in the Tampa area of Florida during the Winter.
And, we quickly learned that, even in Florida, it can get quite cold at night.
As all campers soon learn, when you are traveling in your camper and cold weather does hit, you can often end up looking for multiple ways to keep yourself warm.
By the Way! I have another Blog article on How to Keep Warm in your RV. So check it out for a nice collection of very useful tips for the RVer.
Anyway, as is often the case, when you purchase a newer or even NEW RV you have to go through a learning curve to pick up on all of the Rig's newer and different features.This new feature I am describing pleasantly surprised me.
You see, several years ago I traded for a new 2008 HR Neptune XL in January 2009, and the following winter we were in Florida for what was my coldest and longest winter period in my new Rig.
Well, at the time one of the things that I specifically had on my "Dream RV Checklist" was that my AC units be Heat Pump AC's and not the old standard design of Air Conditioner.
My reasoning was that a Heat Pump can also generate heat pretty efficiently until the outside temperatures get down to around 40F, and the newer ones can even function adequately down close to freezing, as a general rule.
So, rather than run my Propane Furnace in the evenings and during cold days, I decided to use the Heat Pumps. We would be much more comfortable without the dry heat of the Propane furnace, and we would save on our Propane costs by using the electricity supplied at the Campground as part of the site rental price.
Well, that first cold night, I went to bed with the Heat Pump set to 52F, turned on our Electric Blanket and settled down to a comfortable night in my RV.
I'm a light sleeper, and tend to be sensitive to changes in my surroundings. So, when I woke up at 3:27 that first morning, I instinctively knew something had changed. I listened for a while and I finally realized that my Propane Furnace in the Living area was running and not the Heat Pump.
I checked my outside temperature gauge, and it showed that the outside temp was at a chilly 27F.
I knew that Heat Pumps do not function at this low a temperature. So, I went in to the Living area, and checked the master Control Panel, and sure enough, the electronic control system had done a great thing for me.
At some point, the system had sensed the lower inside temperature, and had automatically switched the Heat Pump OFF and switched the Propane Furnace over to my preset temperature of 52F.
So, as my wife accuses me, being one of those males that rarely reads the book, I had discovered, by chance, a new comfort function that I now admire greatly.
Perhaps you should check your RV climate control functions, yourself.
I will have to read more on this, as soon as I can find where I put my owners manual! LOL!
Have a great Day!