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Old 01-07-2015, 08:58 PM   #85
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Made it to the Iles of Capri Casino just over Mississippi River into Tennessee on highway 49. Got plug in to 50A for $16, had a great burger and back at the coach catching up on the news of the day. We're very worm thanks to the two ceramic 1500 watt heaters we bought at Walmart. The wind was crazy strong today, at times 55 was as fast as I wanted to go but all in all it been fine and what a great way to travel.

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Old 01-08-2015, 06:23 AM   #86
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Made it to the Iles of Capri Casino just over Mississippi River into Tennessee on highway 49. Got plug in to 50A for $16, had a great burger and back at the coach catching up on the news of the day. We're very worm thanks to the two ceramic 1500 watt heaters we bought at Walmart. The wind was crazy strong today, at times 55 was as fast as I wanted to go but all in all it been fine and what a great way to travel.

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Glad you made it to one of the casinos. They are usually a great place to park. The rates are usually quite a bit lower and they have very good security. I am in Little Rock today only a few hours from you. I am sure by now you have found the cold weather that has followed you from Iowa.

You are right there is no good way to get from Arkansas to Florida. Last couple of times I have gone different ways so I can not offer you any advice from this point on. Have a good safe trip.
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Electric heaters are obviously a great way to heat when we are plugged in. The only bad thing is after having one start to turn into a glob of molten plastic and another new one that would kick one and off over and over (potential heating of switch etc.), I'm now more cautious in how I use them. One idea that I liked was to place it on the open oven door. That would keep it off of any combustibles. Easier to buy an oven door than to replace a floor or rv. These were Walmart dual top knob under $20.00 heaters
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:47 AM   #88
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Robbie, Glad you are making it to warmer weather.

Going back to the question about battery use and alternator charging here is my 2 cents.

Boondocking for one night; (draw is estimated)

Furnace; 10 amp draw
With the furnace on 30 minutes each hour that's 5 amps per hour.
5 X 8 hrs = 40 amp hours
Even doubling that to include TV, ant, lights, etc most rv's are capable without starting the generator. ( Excluding residential refers )

Two 6 volt batteries are likely about 220 amp hours. You can regularly use 100 safely. Take any "instant" voltage reading with a grain of salt while heavily using your batteries. For instance, it's very possible a battery reading 11.9 is still at least 50% full if it's currently under a load.

In some rv's the alternator is the fastest charging source. You can easily get 50 plus amps per hour and 5 hours of driving should have you ready to boondock again.

So IMHO,
Many Rv'ers are using a genset when not needed when camping for one night without having to use the AC. On a side note; The number one problem with generators is not using them enough to keep the slip rings, etc clean and operational.
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The key to purchasing small quality space heaters is to spend some cash and not go cheap. You get what you pay for.

Electric element heaters are an accident waiting to happen.

Ceramic heaters are better, safer and more reliable. Disc heaters are even better than ceramic.

I use two Lasko Ceramic space heaters to supplement my Aqua-Hot.

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The key to purchasing small quality space heaters is to spend some cash and not go cheap. You get what you pay for.

Electric element heaters are an accident waiting to happen.

Ceramic heaters are better, safer and more reliable. Disc heaters are even better than ceramic.

I use two Lasko Ceramic space heaters to supplement my Aqua-Hot.

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Very good advice, Richard! As I have said before, I used the Stanley brand ceramic Squirrel cage heater's, very stable, and very durable! They put out a very good flow of hot air, have thermostat's, and can run on 750/1500 watts! They are not cheap, around 79.00dls at Lowes or Menards. But they have served me very well for many years, and are still going strong! Rail!
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Okcnewbie, that's roughly the math I came up with, except I was worried about performance in cold weather. I went to Northwest Classen HS many years ago.

Cheers from Mobil, AL,

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Richard, that's what we picked up, Lasco's.

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Scottbdivin, I don't know what AGS is or stands for.

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Scottbdivin, I don't know what AGS is or stands for.

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An AGS,(Automatic Generator Start) is a system which will start the genny as needed to maintain the battery bank. Most are programmable for quiet times and will not allow the battery bank to drop below 50% SOC.
The three most popular are made by Magnum, Xantrex and Onan.
We boondock most of the time and have found it works very well for maintaining the battery bank hands off.
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