Does it count as camping if all you do is pop up in a parking lot? Our church does a big yard sale every year to raise money for an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador. They wanted someone to stay overnight and “guard the goods”, although it is all pretty worthless. (But we did raise $22, 000, so it must not have been too worthless.) We had two entrances to block this year and so the Big RV blocked the main entrance and my little truck ATC blocked the interior entrance. I love my rig and slept like a baby, except that the road the church is on is very busy since they put in a tribal casino down the road.
At 5:00 a.m. my heater started making a whining noise that woke me up because it was different. Then my CO detector started chirping once a minute, flashing red lights. I got up and threw open the door for fresh air ASAP, and the chirping stopped. But by that point I was way past falling asleep again.
Next weekend I am planning to camp at the Strawberry Music Festival in Nevada City. I am wondering if I should try to swing by ATC before then. I have an e-mail in to them to get their take on it. I don’t want to take the time to do that (missing out on festival time) if not necessary, but I don’t want to risk not being able to use the heater for 4 nights either. (What a wimp-I used to camp out on the cold, hard ground.)
Edit: ATC did a complete check-up of the propane heater system. They have an interesting tool to measure gases. They even soaped up one questionable joint, but nothing wrong. At Strawberry when the battery got low it exhibited the same symptoms, so I am sure it is battery related, not propane. I think as the electricity got lower, the rotational speed of the fan changed and that would change the pitch. But once again, ATC really went above and beyond. They stand behind their products long after the sale is completed.