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Old 01-04-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Leaving space heaters on when you're out

Curious here in the winter months how many use space heaters and leave them on when u go out

I full time and boon dock about 4-5 nights a week but when we stay at rv parks and plugged in I'm not sure I feel ok leaving them on

I have two ceramic space heaters with all the good protections like tip over turn off or overheating protection etc.

So do I leave them plugged in and on or do u turn on the furnace and let that run till u get back


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Old 01-04-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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I rarely use them on the road. But have one running when at home set on 55 degrees pretty 24/7 in the Winter.
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Oil filled heaters are the safest but slow to ramp up. What ever you choose should be UL approved and have high temperatures and tip over shut down.
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Curious here in the winter months how many use space heaters and leave them on when u go out I full time and boon dock about 4-5 nights a week but when we stay at rv parks and plugged in I'm not sure I feel ok leaving them on I have two ceramic space heaters with all the good protections like tip over turn off or overheating protection etc. So do I leave them plugged in and on or do u turn on the furnace and let that run till u get back Thx Sam
Get the oil filled radiator type - I believe they are much safer. Keep them on the low or medium setting (600 or 900 watts)
they don't get hot enough to do any damage even if they would get knocked over ( which is not likely
since they weigh about 20 pounds!) there is no fan to malfunction either. I have at times used one 24x7 on low
and never felt unsafe.
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Curious here in the winter months how many use space heaters and leave them on when u go out

I full time and boon dock about 4-5 nights a week but when we stay at rv parks and plugged in I'm not sure I feel ok leaving them on

I have two ceramic space heaters with all the good protections like tip over turn off or overheating protection etc.

So do I leave them plugged in and on or do u turn on the furnace and let that run till u get back

Thx

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Mine run 24/7 but when I leave , I droped it to 750 W instead of 1, 500 W
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Get the oil filled radiator type - I believe they are much safer. Keep them on the low or medium setting (600 or 900 watts)
they don't get hot enough to do any damage even if they would get knocked over ( which is not likely
since they weigh about 20 pounds!) there is no fan to malfunction either. I have at times used one 24x7 on low
and never felt unsafe.
I actually do not agree with this. I use those heaters in my stick home. I leave one in each bathroom to prevent freezing when I am gone and the heat in the house is off. The Oil Heaters outer case gets pretty hot. I bought one of the 6 bulb infared heaters to heat my coach with. It puts out quite a bit more heat then the oil filled heaters. The big difference is in the outer case. While the oil filled heater gets very hot the infrared heater has been on now for about two weeks in temperatures that get down in the teens every time I touch any part of the outer case the case is perfectly cool to the touch. I like the oil filled for use in a bathroom because all of the electrical elements are sealed and water cannot get in it. But other than that I don't care much for them.


In answer to your question I leave mine on when I go to bed or I go out somewhere shopping or to a movie or something like that where I will not be gone overnight. On occasion I leave my MH in the campground and go back to my stick house which is about three hours away. On those occasions I unplug the electric heaters and set my thermostat at 50. The allegro bus has heat pumps so the heat pumps keep the bus warm until the outside temp gets to about 20 degrees then the heat pumps kick off and the furnaces automatically take over
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We never leave the electric ceramic heaters running while we are away from the coach. I feel safer leaving the Aqua-Hot running while we are gone. That keeps the coach nice and toasty. When we return, we switch over to the electric ones.

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It depends? If with full hook up and the electric is included in the daily fee, we do:
-Floor electric heat set to 75
-Electric portable heater set to 65, on Auto
-HydroHot Electric On
-Coach Zone 1 & 2 set to come on at 55

Results?
-Usually the floor and potable electric heaters are all that kick in.
-Only one time, in a test, has the Coach heater kicked on too. It was 24 outside, and the Coach heater kicked on/off for about 10 mins, between 2 to 3 times over a two hour period.

We have our generator set to Auto Start if we have a power outage. Thus the reason for not having HydroHot Diesel also on.

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We never leave our electric heater on and we always shut off the campground water.
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I actually do not agree with this. I use those heaters in my stick home. I leave one in each bathroom to prevent freezing when I am gone and the heat in the house is off. The Oil Heaters outer case gets pretty hot. I bought one of the 6 bulb infared heaters to heat my coach with. It puts out quite a bit more heat then the oil filled heaters. The big difference is in the outer case. While the oil filled heater gets very hot the infrared heater has been on now for about two weeks in temperatures that get down in the teens every time I touch any part of the outer case the case is perfectly cool to the touch. I like the oil filled for use in a bathroom because all of the electrical elements are sealed and water cannot get in it. But other than that I don't care much for them.
A watt is a watt. It is a measure of energy, either electrical energy or heat energy. Since all electric heaters are essentially 100% efficient, every 1500 watt heater puts out exactly the same amount of heat as every other 1500 watt heater.

You are confusing temperature with heat. Your infrared heater has a low mass and low surface area, so it emits heat at a high temperature. The oil filled heater has a much greater mass and greater surface are, so it emits the same amount of heat at a lower temperature.

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A heater is no more dangerous when you are gone, as when you are there.

However, your imagination may be more active!

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To satisfy the DW the electric heaters are off when unattended. If needed the gas furnace is left on set to a low temperature.
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We never leave the electric ceramic heaters running while we are away from the coach. I feel safer leaving the Aqua-Hot running while we are gone. That keeps the coach nice and toasty. When we return, we switch over to the electric ones.

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If you can't trust them when your gone, why trust them when your there and they can burn you up. I gave the Vornado space heater away to the guy that bought our last RV. Never use one in the motorhome. The furnace runs weather we are there or gone. If its really hot out the jeny and both AC units run weather we are there or not. If something is going to burn, I don't want to be there. They make RVs everyday, alway nice to get a new one. Just keep the insurance paid up.
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