Well, Im back. after selling my 02 FWC I saw a new 2021 Fleet model with the side dinette and had to get it. I currently work remote and ski at Alta and Snowbird in Utah. My dream office!
So, I am at my wits end: after settling in and setting up my workstation the other day, first week with the camper on the tacoma, I fired up the furnace and connected to the intrawebs through my phone. Thinking all was well, I had a good connection and noone in the zoom meeting was the wiser thanks to my fake background (insert evil laugh here).
then ....WOMP WOMP. furnace was blowing cold air. Alta parking lot is at about 8600 feet.
Now, many of you are saying "yeah duh, propane doesn't work well at altitude"
However, I'm a dummy so bear with me.
So, I have a power inverter for the laptop so I can work:A BMK 200W Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter
So, just to make sure I went down the canyon and checked the furnace in SLC (About 5600 feet). Works great. perfect. just what I wanted. Oh, thin air how you mock me!
I was like "ok, I am installing an Overlander Solar kit. I can use an electric heater during the day and not worry about the power draw too much". And i thought, "I probably won't ever camp at altitude above 7K (Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons in Utah are both watersheds and no camping allowed) so an electric heater during the day should be fine. "
Did the googles, found the best rated one :A Vornado MVH Vortex Heater.
I Rushed to the local Bed Bath and Beyond and in the parking lot I plugged it into the inverter.
Turned on for a second (YAY!! much rejoicing!)
then it shut off after one second (boo, must eat Robin's minstrels).
repeat, repeat repeat. (*%&U%($U(*(!!! welcome back to camper ownership sucker!
I know it has to do with the inverter right? not enough power right? should I get a bigger inverter with more juice? a diesel heater? should I sell it and live in a tent?
You WDW camper folks know your stuff and someone out there has the answer. I can feel it.
Anyways, thats my Ted Talk. If you have any advice for the heating situation please please send it over. maybe its something easy like upping the wattage? or getting a chinese diesel heater?