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Old 10-13-2011, 04:39 PM   #1
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Electric space or base board heaters

Newbie here, just wondering which type of heaters I should get for my 2008 Coachmen 40 ft toyhauler. I was leaning towards hard wiring in a couple baseboard heaters but was checking out some quartz type (Mr. Heater)on Amazon and I am now offically perplexed. We are planing on heading south right after Christmas for 3 or 4 months and I'm trying to get set up before the weather starts to turn here in NW PA

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Old 10-13-2011, 04:45 PM   #2
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I really think getting enough power to run electric basebord heaters is going to be an issue.

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Old 10-13-2011, 05:22 PM   #3
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I have used a Vornado space heater for several years--now have one for the house also. They are quiet and move enough heat to keep the furnace off in the mountains. You are limited to a 1500 watt output I believe, using the 110 system in the trailer--nothing else sold with a common 2 prong/ground plug?
The Vornado has several models, we have the digital readout/control that monitors room temp to really keep it nice and cozy.
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:43 PM   #4
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I use a couple of Pelonis 5000 BTU electric heaters. They're small, stable, store easily and has good air flow to distribute the heat. It has a variable temperature setting, fan only and high and low heat output. They can be purchased at Ace or True Value Hardware and you can compare the heat output to the others they have.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:39 AM   #5
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Friend who had baseboard heaters in a rental house they lived in were burned out when a blanket on a child's bed slipped off the bed and was resting against the heater when it came on. They were lucky that the smoke detectors worked, otherwise the child may have died.

Conventional resistance element baseboard heaters are dangerous and very inefficient, as they rely solely on convection to distribut the heat. Your feet are always cold because the hot air goes straight up the wall!

Unless you can find oil-filled baseboard heaters (won't set things afire) with a built-in fan to distribute the heat more evenly, I'd go for something else. To keep the inside of our rig above freezing when parked (unoccupied) for the winter, we use a deLonghi oil-filled radiator (1500W) with the power to it controlled by a portable digital thermostat. The only drawback to the thermostat is that its minimum temperature setting is 45 degrees. I find that, with the thermostat sitting on the dinette table and the heater closer to the bedroom, it keeps things from freezing and doesn't run the power bill up too much.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:36 PM   #6
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:06 PM   #7
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I use small 1500 watt forced air jobs. Two of 'em will often fit in a bread box.. I like the ceramic ones when I can due to the cooler heating element but just now I have 4, 1 ceramic, 2 hot wire and one .... I'm frankly not sure.

You can spend hundreds of dollars on very large pieces of heat producing furnature. or 20 bucks (or less) at wall mart on something that fits in a shopping bag.

Guess what, they both produce exactly the same amount of heat and they both produce exactly the same amount of heat per kilowatt hour. Amazing isn't it.

All losses in an electrical system show up as heat so an electric heater, ANY electric heater, is 100% efficient. No more and no less.
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:54 PM   #8
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We have two electric heaters from Walmart, usually one produces enough heat. Why use your propane when your camp site rent generally includes electric?
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Have an oil filled, low profile unit. About 1200 watts. Have a small fan 24/7 in the unit for air distribution. Can put hand on heater when at highest temp. Not sure how it is going to work when gets real cold but should help with the porpane consumption.
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I use electric space heaters that can be moved around where needed. You have to watch which circuits you have them on so you don't trip a breaker. My kitchen and garage space are on the same circuit, so if garage heater is on and coffee maker is switched on the breaker will trip (15 amp).
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I have an Eden Pure infrared for the downstairs in my home. It works great in the 5th wheel. And it saves my propane.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:23 PM   #12
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There are many people in the US that have baseboard electric and do not have issues with it. That being said they are not designed for RVs and are not really that good in houses. I am a facilities manager and have tried to get portable space heaters banned in our facility, I have come close recently as we had a 2 week old heater in our Purchasing department that had a melt down due to a faulty cord. Whiel I have one for the RV, I do not leave ours (in the RV) running unattended.
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We have two electric heaters from Walmart, usually one produces enough heat. Why use your propane when your camp site rent generally includes electric?
Same here, we have two Lasko towers.

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