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Old 01-03-2012, 01:17 PM   #15
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We have a couple of Lasko ceramic 1500w heaters from Lowe's. They swing in an approximate 60 degree arc and have a thermostat. While they have not been used for extreme cold temps, we seldom use anything more then the 900w setting. At the 40* temp outside range, they will warm the main living area to a toasty 66-70 degrees fairly quickly.

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Old 01-03-2012, 03:53 PM   #16
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We use up to 3 ceramic heaters as needed.

The model we use is the Dayton 1VNW9. It has 3 heat settings as well as an adjustable thermostat. More importantly it has a knock over cut off switch mounted in the bottom as well as internal overheat protection. Our cats tested out the knock over safety one night when they knocked the heater over- they were a couple of cold cats in the morning.

As far as power usage is concerned, I tested 2 of our heaters for this post.

Here is their power usage (ave of the two): Fan only= 21 watts, .24 amps; low heat= 530w, 4.4a; medium= 705w, 6.15a; high= 1041w, 9.3a. A note about these numbers- when they were new, I seem to remember the power usage numbers being a little higher. Something in the area of Low= 590w, medium= 950w, and high= 1250w. But I did not write the numbers down.

In our motorhome we run one heater in the living area on low or medium heat and one in the bathroom/bedroom area on low. We very rarely run the heaters on high heat. Actually, now that I think about it, we run them on low or medium heat only. If two heaters on medium are not doing the job we break out the third heater and run it on medium also. When we run the third heater it is in the living area. We have run these in temperatures as low as 28* and have been warm inside. If the temperature drops to 32* or lower and stays there, we turn on the furnace and have the heaters and furnace share the heating. This is mainly to keep some heat in the basement. However, I will say that during two nights of 28-29* my basement digital thermometer recorded 42* in the water bay. That was without running the furnace.

These units have worked out great for us. We have cut our propane use by something more than 80% since we started using the ceramic heaters.

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Old 01-03-2012, 03:58 PM   #17
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There are a number of different models of the Pelonis Ceramic Disk "Cube". I like the 1500W-II. Like other heaters it has a thermostat, but the advantage is that it has both an automatic & manual mode. When set to manual the wattage can be varied from as low as 350W to as high as 1500W with the same dial that sets the temperature when on automatic. The fan speed varies with the wattage so if set low, it is very quiet. Very handy if you are on a site with limited power.

When set on automatic, as the thermostat reaches its setting both the wattage & fan speed drops, so it gets very quiet, and only speeds up again if the outside temperature drops a great deal. Even at full power it is much quieter than the furnace. It also has a setting for fan only.

I don't know if they still make this model or anything similar to it - mine is dated 10/89...
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:04 PM   #18
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Here is another helpful thread on heaters.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:21 PM   #19
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We use this system:

Holmes convection baseboard style heater in the galley (middle of the MH).

No fan, no noise, adjustable heat ranges with thermostatic control. Runs cooler on the outside than oil filled types, so no burns possible. Very lightweight. Larger than many small heaters, but smaller than oil filled.

This goes on when we go to bed. It keeps the MH from getting too cold, but allows the bedroom to stay cool - which we prefer. I set the LP heat thermostat at 52 degrees as a backup, in case the electric doesn't keep up.

In the AM I get up and turn this unit off, raise the LP thermostat to 70 degrees, and place a fan powered 1500 watt ceramic heater in front of the open shower door. Turn on the water heater - both AC and LP. Go back to bed for 15 minutes. By then the whole coach is warm, especially the shower enclosure.
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As noted, 1500 Watts is 1500 Watts which related to about 5300 BTUH. So pick a style and size heater that fits your lifestyle.

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The best one have found is a little $15 GE from Wal-Mart. It is very small and convenient. We have a Voranado that we picked up in West Yellowstone a couple of years but we actually like the GE better. Over the years we have worn out several Lasko ceramic towers. We use them mostly at home and once in awhile in the coach.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:34 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Arch Hoagland
We use a couple cheapo electric heaters from Walmart. They work fine and last a long time. 1,500 watts is 1,500 watts.

I haven't heard of banning electric heaters. Could you enlighten me a bit more on that subject?
I'm using the iPad app so I'm not sure how to provide you the link but if you search Prohibiting Electric Heaters I'm sure you'll find it.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:21 AM   #23
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I'm using the iPad app so I'm not sure how to provide you the link but if you search Prohibiting Electric Heaters I'm sure you'll find it.
OK found the threads.

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We use what used to be called a milk house heater. Ugly gray and black box with a couple of heat settings up to 1500 watts and a useless fan only setting. This is only on while we can see it. We never camp anywhere that gets below freezing so it is only to take the chill off. While in route to warm from cold places the on board gas furnace does the job to get it warm then we might use the little one to keep it there.

Space heaters are not designed to be used as your only heat source in cold climates and you may risk a fire if you are not careful so please use caution.
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We have two of these World Marketing Of America Inc - Oscillating Ceramic Heater - Portable Heaters - Camping World heaters. They have a high and low setting. They have performed as advertised for the last 4 years. I would purchase the same product again.
Have been using the Pelonis heaters, when plugged in to shore power, for years in all four of the RV's, and and three different stick houses for both primary and supplemental heat. Have found better prices on them in general at Ace Hardware, True Value and on rare occation at Wal-Mart.
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I've read the Prohibiting electric heaters and started wondering what types, makes, models of electric heaters people are using?
We got a Honeywell on-site while trying our first winter camping experience after buying our first RV December a year ago.

It really helps curb the chill and is silent. DW often rolls it to beside the sofa when she is watching TV, on the iPad or reading at night.

I just checked: at the low setting, it consumes 4-5 amps, about 8 at the medium level and 12 when the highest intensity is selected. Inside each of those settings, a numerical temp can be set.

It can be laid on its side; but, I drape a sweater over the top and bungee it upright to a shelf in the closet, underway.

Our MH is in an unheated garage/hangar in Texas, I leave it on the lowest setting anytime the temp is less than 50F, to dry the interior of the coach and keep a nominal level of heating. If there is a freeze forecast, we dial it up for the night.

Any supplemental interior heater may have the effect of diminishing basement heat, in sub-freezing conditions.
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I use 2 ceramic heaters by Lasko.
Same here.
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We have an electric fireplace that we use for heat as much as possible. Usually we only turn on the gas furnace first thing in the morning to get the temp up to the desired level. We bought a very small ( 200 watt ) electric heater that we put in the storage area under the RV when the temps are going to be much below freezing. The 5er has a closed underbelly with heated holding tanks. This has saved us a ton of money on propane!

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