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Old 01-13-2009, 06:28 AM   #1
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Just went out to the motor home, 35' 1999 Brave. With a 1500 watt oil filled electric heater on over night, the inside temperature is 15 degrees F above zero. The ambient outside temperature is -20 degrees F below zero. It makes a 35 degree difference with extreme cold outside temperatures.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:34 AM   #2
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I use same heater in my rig during winter storage. However, we don't have those extremes. We got down to about 22 last night, I checked the coach this AM and it was 48 degrees with only the 900 watt element switched on.
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A 1500 watt heater only puts out 5120 btu's per hour so they don't heat much but they do help. We use 2-1500w heaters in 18-28 degree weather and they will keep the coach warm if we first heat it with the main furnace. At night we only leave one on and it keeps the chill off but is cool in the morning--50 or so degrees. A lot depends on how much heat loss your coach has so things like window coverings, like "ray flex" realy help keep the cold out and heat in.
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Thanks John. That's good info. I've been wanting to do this exact test. Was the MH outside? Any wind? Slides extended?

If you do this test tomorrow night, your inside thermometer should read about zero.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:39 PM   #5
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It definitely is outside, no wind, front windshield curtain closed, all day and night shades closed, shade on door closed foam inserts in both powered vents. Tomorrow morning should be interesting, it will be colder with wind.
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I have the wooly inserts for the powered vents, but what can you do with that big shower sun roof?
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I'm bringing 2 1500W heaters with us tomorrow because they definitely work. While we were camping at the beach over the holiday and with both heaters going it got hot inside the rig.
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We are sitting here in St. Mary's Ga. with an oscillating column heater that keeps the temps about 60 degrees overnite. I start the heat pump or the propane furnace upon wakeup and after the temp rises to 68 or so the heater maintains the temp for the day...
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We generally will run one electric heater on 1500 watts in the main living are and put the other one at 1/2 power (about 800 watts) for the other end. It holds the trailer without a furnace down to about 32 dF depending on the wind and sun.

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It definitely is outside, no wind, front windshield curtain closed, all day and night shades closed, shade on door closed foam inserts in both powered vents. Tomorrow morning should be interesting, it will be colder with wind.
I picked up a roll of that foil insulation that looks like bubble wrap. We are going to put velcro strips an the sky light to hold it. We are also going to use it on some of the other windows.
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John we used the foil stuff "ray-flex" cut to fit the windshield and all other windows it realy makes a big differance. Also put it in each sky light and vent under the foam plugs. Do get some ice under them when outside temps go below 20F. Store them under bed to keep them flat when not used. Good luck with the COLD.
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I love my little Honeywells...we have two and keep one in our class C and one in our house once we shut up the trailer for the winter. In the spring, we will put both in the trailer for targeted heating.
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I'm running 2 Holmes 1500W heaters right now. Works Great! I just make sure that each is plugged into a separate circuit. I have 3 - 15A receptacle circuits in our coach.
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With the extremely low temperatures expected in the South East (teens in Myrtle Beach area) please remember to run your furnaces to keep heat in the basement areas.
The electric heaters are fine in the coach, but do nothing for the basement,water heater and water pump compartment and the sewer and water compartment.
Might need a few light bulbs in these to keep the temperature up.
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