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Old 11-06-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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Basement heat

Does anyone have a suggestion on a heater for the basement water storage compartment. I have a phaeton . In order to heat that area , our bedroom gas furnace has to run . This makes it extremely hot in the bedroom . I was thinking of a small electric box type heater to put in there. Not sure of safety . Any suggestions ?
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I'd suggest a 12 v heater/defroster unit so you could use it on the road if necessary. On shore power it would work off the converter/charger. It also would be easier to wire than 120 v A/C. You can add a 'snap' switch to control when it comes on and shuts off. Selco OA210 OA 210 Bimetal Snap Action Temperature Controlled Thermostat Switch | eBay
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:51 AM   #3
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It would be extra work to install, but in the long run probably more effective, but I would look at 12V tank heaters. They are usually thermostatically controlled, with a master power switch. The heaters turn on when below 44 degrees then turn back off when warmed up.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:21 PM   #4
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You would be surprised at how much heat a light bulb will put out. Where we live most people just use a light bulb to heat their pump houses with very good success in the most extreme cold conditions.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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We use a cube heater on the low setting but use this thermostat. The electric is supplied from a cord that runs out of the storage bay to a power source.

As for driving down the road we can turn on the coach heater and that heats the compartments below.
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A 75 watt light bulb will keep it toasty in an enclosed bay. That is what we have always done but be sure to give it some clearance to anything combustible.
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A 12volt heater works great, most truck stops have a great selection, I've got one for my MH
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You can add a 'snap' switch to control when it comes on and shuts off. Selco OA210 OA 210 Bimetal Snap Action Temperature Controlled Thermostat Switch | eBay

That switch kicks on at 180 degrees and off at 210 degrees, way to hot for a compartment heater.
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That switch kicks on at 180 degrees and off at 210 degrees, way to hot for a compartment heater.
Agreed, but there are others within the temperature ranges needed for a compartment heater, if the heater doesn't have a thermostatic switch. I was pointing out the availability and term 'snap switch' for reference.
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Our coach is the same, but with the thermostat set on 65*F bedroom stays comfortable and the basement is still about 45*. Can you cover the bedroom registers and direct all the heat into the basement? I'd like to know, I'm concerned about triggering the overtemp switch in the furnace.
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Use a trouble light with a 75 watt bulb. In our Phaeton it gets hot quick on propane and so I turn it down to 50 in the back so I can sleep. Used this in 15 degree weather for several days when stuck during a surprise Texas snow storm. Just hang it so it does not touch anything.
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I just put a forced air, thermostatically controlled, common electric heater in my water compartment (around $9-$12 these days). Set low, with a flat electrical cable (so I can almost completely close the compartment door) running out to the parks 20A outlet. Also have a temp sensor inside the compartment I can monitor in the house.
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What ever you use,get a remote thermometer to monitor the temperature down there as failure of the heating device might be discovered when it is too late.
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