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Old 10-11-2007, 01:26 PM   #1
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I had the unfortunate experience today of going and looking at a customers unit that was pretty much detroyed by fire today.
The customers were using one of the oil filled space heaters that look like a old radiator. They think that one of the canisters on the heater had developed a leak and start a fire in the trailer. The customers had just left the unit at 8:15 this AM and at 8:45 was contacted by fire dispatcher that the fire department was about to break a window on the door to gain entry, because of the door being deadbolted, and that their trailer was on fire. With in 30 minutes this unit was ruined. Temps in the trailer had to of reach 1000 plus degrees.
Complete damage in the livingroom where the heater was, but being a 2 bedroom model there was heat and smoke damage from front to rear on the inside. The fire started at floor level at the edge of the slideout and was starting to come out from underneath the couch/dinette slide.
A excellent job in what the Fire Department did. They felt that they did not have to use more than 10 gallon of water to put the fire out, so min. water damage.
Still a sad situtation.
SO a Stong warning to watch any extra heat that you thinking about using.
A positive note to this, is that NO ONE was hurt.
Stay Safe Everyone.
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:28 PM   #2
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Thanks Tom -- I use one of those heaters in my home workshop and always thought this type to be the safest.
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:46 PM   #3
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That was exactly the same comment that came from the customer when I meet with them today. We have on in Our Basement for watching TV in the winter, but not when I get home, it is going to the curb. Will just have to use a few extra blankets to watch movies with.
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:19 PM   #4
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I would never leave any type of space heater on unattended in my stick home or my RV. They are dangerous enough when present, much less in an empty home, RV or otherwise!

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Depending on the manufacturer there might have been a recall. I had one last year and I forgot how I heard about it but there was a recall on it. I had to cut the end off the power cord and just sent that into them and they sent me a new one that is in storage right now. I beleive the maunfacturer was Holmes.

I looked it up on the internet and it was Holmes. Here is a link to the recall. Holmes recall
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I purchased one of those oil filled electric heaters a few years ago also. I used it off an on while working in my garage. It seemed fine for about a year then one time I noticed a dark spot of the floor and determined it had started leaking although I couldn't actually find where it was leaking from. It wasn't much of a leak but I too quit using it after that.
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These heaters are probably another example of the "fine Chinese" products we are getting.
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My preference for auxilary heating in the RV to save propane is ceramic electric space heaters.

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My preference for auxilary heating in the RV to save propane is ceramic electric space heaters.

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My choice too. The Pelonis HC 451 (5200 BTU) although pricy, is an outstanding high quality product.
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Bob,
Where did you find your Pelonis heater, internet or local retail? With our heat-pump, we normally don't run the portable heaters until the ambient temp drops below 45 degrees.
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Where did you find your Pelonis heater, internet or local retail? With our heat-pump, we normally don't run the portable heaters until the ambient temp drops below 45 degrees.
John,

I got mine at Camping World, but I think Ace Hardware also has them. They run about $70.00. Don't let the small size fool you, it really puts out the heat. Like you, I use the heat pumps down to 40/45, but below that this little fellow will really help with the propane use; however, I do turn it off at night.
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An electric heater would be nice...and I've heard a lot of good things about the Pelonis. However, they only work if you're plugged into electricity.

Because we boondock/dry camp a lot, we bought a 3-brick infrared heater which keeps our rig toasty warm. If the temperature is below 30 degrees when we get up in the morning, we'll turn on the forced air furnace for a few minutes just to warm the basement, but mostly we just use our space heater.

Like Dutch_man39, we'd never think about leaving the space heater on when we left the rig.
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An electric heater would be nice...and I've heard a lot of good things about the Pelonis. However, they only work if you're plugged into electricity.

Because we boondock/dry camp a lot, we bought a 3-brick infrared heater which keeps our rig toasty warm. If the temperature is below 30 degrees when we get up in the morning, we'll turn on the forced air furnace for a few minutes just to warm the basement, but mostly we just use our space heater.

Like Dutch_man39, we'd never think about leaving the space heater on when we left the rig.
Linda,

What kind is it and what kind of fuel?
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Put estimates together for the customer last night this AM and WOW. The unit is totaled, but the estimate came out to be over $70K. A tough loss for the customer as they spend the Fall of the year in their trailer, now they have to wait to see what their insurance company can do for them.

One thing to remember when using supplemental heat in your Excel, is that heat is not getting to your Water, grey, and black tanks, and if temps stay below the 32 mark for a period of time,can cause possible freeze-up. Be sure to have all your furnaces check and running before it does get cold. A day of operation in mild temps does not hurt. Better to try now, and not be caught in a cold snap and no furnace.
Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend.
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