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JohnD
10-19-2015, 09:53 AM
On our last campout of the season last week it got pretty cool at night up in the mountains (low 30's).

I busted out our small portable electric heater that worked well in our last two trailers . . . but not so well in our much larger 5th-wheel!

Which electric heaters have you all been using to take the edge off of the cold air in your trailers :confused:

GOTTOYS
10-19-2015, 10:08 AM
Any 1500 watt heater will produce about 5200 BTUs. Doesn't matter if an expensive "Amish" heater or a cheap milk house heater. We use a small ceramic heater with a built in fan. Easy to store and doesn't take much room but anything will work...Don

MTPockets
10-19-2015, 10:08 AM
John, all electric heaters are 1500 watts, so current draw is the same. We tried two heaters once and kept tripping circuit breaker. I could have taken time to find a separate circuit, or used the 110 outlet on the pole but reverted to a single heater. We now use the Dyson AM05. It's 1500 watts as well, but has a strong, adjustable speed blower, oscillates, and has a good thermostat. It also doubles as a fan when heat is not required. It's pricy, but the best we've found. We use it most every day for heat or just the fan.

kenwessels1451
10-19-2015, 10:29 AM
We've used the Dyson for the last 2 years. It works for us year round also as a heater and fan.

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Bones
10-19-2015, 10:35 AM
Typical house hold breaker is 15 amps and a 1500 watt heater draws about 12.5 amps at 120 volts and draws more at a lower voltage

wdk450
10-19-2015, 10:39 AM
I have been using one like this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Comfort-Zone-5-120-BTU-Electric-Radiant-Heater-Gray-CZ530WM/21899615 available at most every Walmart, and the price is low.

Be sure to upgrade any electrical outlet you use for electrical heaters to a screwed termination type (regular home outlet) from the insulation displacement connection type that the RV assembly lines use. In my opinion the insulation displacement wire connection is too poor for high current uses.

Bohemian
10-19-2015, 02:27 PM
I would never use anything except an oil emersion heater. Those with hot radiant electric coils are just much too dangerous.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TGDGLU?keywords=oil%20emersion%20heater&qid=1445282819&ref_=sr_1_fkmr2_1&sr=8-1-fkmr2

danemayer
10-19-2015, 03:07 PM
We have several Pelonis B-6A1 Classic Ceramic Disc Heaters (http://www.amazon.com/World-Marketing-B6A1-Pelonis-Classic/dp/B000KKMCS8).

Tip-over protection.
Surface temperature below the ignition temperature of paper and other flammable materials.
Smart thermostat that allows the heating elements to run at multiple power levels.

Birchwood
10-19-2015, 04:03 PM
For the last 3 years we have been using a Lasko 5841 Digital Ceramic.It can run all night and its electrical cord still feels cool.

mountainlovers76
10-20-2015, 07:32 AM
Those with hot radiant electric coils are just much too dangerous.

I agree. If it turns red it is not going in my RV.

rxbristol
10-20-2015, 08:07 AM
We have several Pelonis B-6A1 Classic Ceramic Disc Heaters (http://www.amazon.com/World-Marketing-B6A1-Pelonis-Classic/dp/B000KKMCS8).

Tip-over protection.
Surface temperature below the ignition temperature of paper and other flammable materials.
Smart thermostat that allows the heating elements to run at multiple power levels.

Dan, would you use this in the enclosed belly area near the UDC to prevent frozen pipes? For the last two winters I've used a 150 watt IR bulb that has a protective cage around the bulb.

jmgratz
10-20-2015, 08:13 AM
We have two Polonis portable space heaters. Got them at Camping World. One for the bedroom and one for the living room. The living room one will heat the whole RV but we usually turn it off at night and when we are gone. We use the fireplace to take the chill on on cool mornings. We use the space heaters to supplement the furnace as you need to keep the furnace on to heat the basement and underbelly.

danemayer
10-20-2015, 08:54 AM
Dan, would you use this in the enclosed belly area near the UDC to prevent frozen pipes? For the last two winters I've used a 150 watt IR bulb that has a protective cage around the bulb.

I tried that our first ski trip. It kept the pump area warm but so much heat rose that it faked out the hallway thermostat and the furnace wouldn't run. Also didn't get heat to the underbelly. I use a reflector type lamp with infrared bulb now.


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TravelTiger
10-20-2015, 11:00 AM
For the area behind the basement wall, we use a reflector light attached with an L bracket to the "ceiling" above the pump. I think we used a 150watt "shop light" bulb. The cord for this light is snaked back to the UDC where it plugs in. I can see the light leaking up through the bathroom heat vent inside the coach (notice the gray heater vent pipe) so I know it's on. LOL! By the way, do NOT trust the "clamp" attachment of the light to hold it in place, and always have a spare bulb.
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Bones
10-20-2015, 11:10 AM
For the area behind the basement wall, we use a reflector light attached with an L bracket to the "ceiling" above the pump. I think we used a 150watt "shop light" bulb. The cord for this light is snaked back to the UDC where it plugs in. I can see the light leaking up through the bathroom heat vent inside the coach (notice the gray heater vent pipe) so I know it's on. LOL! By the way, do NOT trust the "clamp" attachment of the light to hold it in place, and always have a spare bulb.
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Your mechanical compartment looks so much neater than mine. It's a freaking mess back there behind mine

TravelTiger
10-20-2015, 11:13 AM
Your mechanical compartment looks so much neater than mine. It's a freaking mess back there behind mine

Naw, it's still a mess, this pic just doesn't show it. Most of the water lines are off to the right more, and the wiring is off to the left. ;)

NWILSON
10-20-2015, 12:13 PM
The Heat Strip for the Dometic A/C unit is 1500 watts also. I've been wondering just how much heat it would actually put out as it appears I can add it to my A/C unit. I realize it will require a different thermostat as well. They say it's only to take the chill off on a cold morning but how cold is cold? 50? 45? 40?