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Old 01-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Hello all, we will be picking up our first TT this week. A Jayco Eagle 316RKDS . At home we turn the heat to very low for the nights and we all use electric blankets instead. Can we do the same in our TT ?
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Yes you can, just be aware of how cold outside is. If it's freezing then sometimes the heat in the RV from the heat ducts will heat the tanks. If it's in the 40's to 50's I would use heated blankets with no issues. I have them in my RV and my uncle and my parents.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #3
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Hello all, we will be picking up our first TT this week. A Jayco Eagle 316RKDS . At home we turn the heat to very low for the nights and we all use electric blankets instead. Can we do the same in our TT ?
Thanks for your help.
You can if:
1. You are on shore power.
or
2. You are running a generator.
or
3. You have a pure sine wave inverter of sufficient capacity and sufficient battery power
or
4. You have either a pure or a modified sine wave inverter of sufficient capacity and sufficient battery power and a very old electric blanket with an analog control. A modified sine wave inverter will destroy most modern blankets with a digital control.
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5. You have either a pure or a modified sine wave inverter of sufficient capacity and sufficient battery power and a Soft Heat blanket from Perfect Fit. It comes with a power supply and actually runs on 18 vdc. See a review of it at Best Electric Blankets Reviews | Review Soft Heat Low Voltage
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We use a down comforter, with coach heat off or very low as needed - usually is too hot, and I stick my feet out. :-)

Comforter uses no electricity whatsoever.
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We've been down to 22 degrees a couple of nights and use the electric bed warmers and electric heaters. Leave water dripping and no problems. When it gets below 20 we will use the furnace.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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We use an open sleeping bag,...the ones with the denim shell. It will have to be below 20* before we turn the heater on.
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We're from Georgia, down South, We use our electric blanket and leave the heat on. We do turn the heat down a little though. Maybe 70 degrees.
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Thanks J Birder, I gave my SO the "techie" info, he said "Of course, makes perfect sense, good info to know" . Sounds to me like we will be adding another piece of equipment to our growing list And using a heavy comforter with the heat on low for now.
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Real down comforters. The better thicker ones. Nothing is warmer or more comfy to sleep under. Toss in those new FLEECE (not flannel) sheets. Not much heat will be needed.

I woke up one night to a chemical odor in the bedroom (house, not RV) to find the wire was melting it's plastic cover in the electric blanket. That was it for me.

Electric blankets have caused fires I was told. I didn't believe it until that happened to me, so I wont use them anymore.
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We have the RV furnace set to 15C (60F) and use a down comforter and two fleeces. When I got my replacement knee I slept in my recliner (to keep leg elevated) and just used a fleece as a throw to cover me. Those things are very warm and very light so they let you sleep comfortably without a pile of stuff on top of you.

At home the house thermostats are set to 20C (68F) and we find this very comfortable and conducive to a good sleepy time.
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Real down comforters. The better thicker ones. Nothing is warmer or more comfy to sleep under. Toss in those new FLEECE (not flannel) sheets. Not much heat will be needed.

I woke up one night to a chemical odor in the bedroom (house, not RV) to find the wire was melting it's plastic cover in the electric blanket. That was it for me.

Electric blankets have caused fires I was told. I didn't believe it until that happened to me, so I wont use them anymore.
You might look into the a Soft Heat blanket from Perfect Fit. It comes with a power supply and actually runs on 18 vdc. It is far less likely (nothing is impossible) to cause a fire that any other type. Even when your cats bite the wires, there is no shock hazard. See a review of it at Best Electric Blankets Reviews | Review Soft Heat Low Voltage

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Back to the OP's question.... yes, you can use your electric blanket so long as you understand the power requirements and other issues already pointed out. We love using ours if we find ourselves in cold weather.

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You might look into the a Soft Heat blanket from Perfect Fit. It comes with a power supply and actually runs on 18 vdc. It is far less likely (nothing is impossible) to cause a fire that any other type. Even when your cats bite the wires, there is no shock hazard. See a review of it at Best Electric Blankets Reviews | Review Soft Heat Low Voltage

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Thank you. I'll look into them when the down comforter is worn out. They do look safer than the regular ones.
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