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Old 04-26-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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Electric Heaters?

We're making our first trip this year and the nights have been in the 40s. I've been turning the furnace on in the mornings to take the chill off and can hear the propane being sucked out of the the tank. That and the dogs get cold so want to snuggle on our bed. Queen sized beds don't have enough room for 2 boxers and 2 humans.

I've thought about adding an electric heater to the collection of stuff but have been a little concerned with the amount of electricity they draw and how it would effect the RV's electric system.

To those that use electric heaters, do you run a separate extension cord in from the post or do you plug into an outlet inside the coach? What size heater do you use?
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I only use the space heater if we are awake. I keep it on the low setting which should be about 750 watts and plug it into an inside outlet Use newer units that have overheat/tip over protection. At night we leave the furnace at 60* with lots of blankets.
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We use a 1200 watt heater and just plug it into a safe outlet in the m/h. We usually set it on the table and point it toward the bedroom. Only one boxer here so lots of room in the bed!
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Old 04-26-2014, 04:46 PM   #4
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An electric heater can take the chill off. Just make sure you get one that will shut off if it is tipped over. Check the amperage draw on the one you purchase and try to keep it under 15 amps. Or, try an electric blanket, the pups will like it!! Another choice, get an electric blanket for the pups too. Boxers don't have thick fur and chill easy.
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:21 PM   #5
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I have used both, the outlet inside and the post outside, for whatever the reason, at the time. What I don't do is go to sleep, with it on. Just take the chill off and then turn it off or even unplug it. Can't get to sleep, thinking about "what if.?"
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750/1500w heaters plugged into outlets in the coach, no separate cord from the pedistal. We use one of those oil filled heaters that look like a radiator on the living area. Also a physically smaller heater that will set on a counter top in the bedroom. When we go to bed turn off the living area and use just the smaller one. A good down comforter on the bed is a huge energy saver.
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Since 1987, through 2 class C's including a micro mini Dolphin which we lived in for three years and 4 Class A's, three, if we hadn't gotten stupid and bought a Thor, we use the 750/1500 ceramic heaters. Other than in our first unit, don't remember the brand of the heater, we have been using the Pelonis brand, and for safety, I only use the 750 setting and if not on a hard surface, I place them on a 6x6 ceramic tile. We currently have two of the Pelonis heaters in our 35 foot Itasca. One for the bath/shower area and a second we can use in the main living area. I have only used one for over night on one occasion when we got caught in a snow storm. Normally we just throw on an extra blanket to add to the "2" dog night.
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We've used a 1000 W electric heater on cool nights since they are quiet and don't consume propane. We plug it in to a 15 Amp circuit in the pickup camper. We bought one based on reviews on Amazon and had no regrets. Our 16 lb. cat provides the rest of the auxiliary heat, although he is better as an alarm clock when he wants breakfast.
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What is the power service on your MH? 30A or 50A?
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I have used a separate cord in 5 mh's for years with no problems. Heavy 25 ft cord plugged into cg post. Camped in single digits this past winter for a couple of weeks and we needed the extra heat.
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Our current motorhome is a 30 and I should have mentioned that in the first post. Hopefully, we'll be trading the 30 amp for a 50 amp soon though.

I have an old Hudson Bay Point blanket that a great uncle & aunt used years & years ago when they had a cabin in Michigan and I pull it out for really cold nights. That has to be the warmest blanket ever made.
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We have a small ceramic heater with fan adjustable thermostat. Works well to take the chill off if we are plugged into shore power. We set it on the table and plug it into the plug under the table which is only a foot away from the breaker panel. When we're boondocking we just use the furnace.
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Electric Heaters

Let me preface my remarks about electric heaters by saying that I've been RVing for over 45 years in everything from pop-up campers to Class A motorhomes. At present, we have 2 Rvs, a Born Free 23 ft. Class C and a Lance 11.5 ft. slide-in pick-up camper. We would be lost without an electric heater (and poor as well if we had t pay for all the propane we've saved over the years). We use a small electric heater with maximum output of 1500 watts. It has a tip-over switch and electric fan operating on a thermostat. We plug it into an inside plug in either the motorhome or camper as long as we are on shore power. Have never had an issue other than tripping a circuit breaker when we forget to turn the heater off before using the microwave. Keep in mind, our current rigs are small but both are extremely well insulated, with winter packages including dual pane windows. Our electric heater keeps us toasty warm 95% of the time. The other 5% we augment the furnace with the electric heater, thus the furnace comes on only occasionally.
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We use an electric heater too, but have seen some parks where it says, No Electric Heaters to be used. We did it anyway and how would they know if they don't have a meter?
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