I have been living in a fifth-wheel camper for nearly a year, and I will be the first to tell you that it is a completely different experience than normal living.
Campers are intended for vacationing purposes, and they are not meant for full-time living.
Though my camper was made to be used for any season, the furnace in the camper was not created for use year-round. I have had a lot of trouble with this furnace, but it has served me well so far. Camper furnaces are unique because they are created for small spaces. When I first moved into our camper, I couldn’t find the furnace anywhere. Eventually, I opened a small closet and noticed that the small metal box inside of there was the furnace! The furnace was smaller than our water heater and was easy to carry. The camper furnace runs on propane, and we typically only spend $40 a month on heat, which honestly is pretty affordable. However, we also supplement that with a space heater since you don’t have to pay for electricity at a campground. Since the furnace runs on propane, it is very important that the furnace is properly vented. During the ventilation process, your furnace can lose up to 15% of its heat, making propane furnaces very inefficient. Another reason camper furnaces are unique is that they are super expensive. Camper appliances, in general, are pricey because they are considered recreational, which allow them to price the wares more than the standard units. The furnace of a camper is definitely not intended for constant use.