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Old 10-12-2014, 08:20 AM   #1
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I just got back from walking the dogs in the campground. There are a lots of people are burning a lot of gas to heat there RVís. We use 2 cheep little 1500 watt heaters to heat our 40 footer. I turn them low so maybe there 750 watts each, then adjust them to come on under 65 degrees. I also put the main gas heat on 63 degrees. Most nights the main gas does not come on. The 2 little ones are good alone down to the 30ís .
The heaters make a little white noise, the gas heater come on and wakes me up.

I hate to see all that gas wasted.

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Old 10-12-2014, 09:09 AM   #2
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That's what we do. When paying a CG, we use their electricity rather than our diesel...we have an Aqua Hot.

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Old 10-12-2014, 09:21 AM   #3
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Us, too. One small heater up front and one in the bedroom in the back (the one up front oscillates). We actually like the white-noise. \ken
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:23 AM   #4
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Small electric heater do make sense, as long as one is at a CG. Since we boon dock a lot we use the propane heaters more. We do have a small electric heater that we do use when we have the generator running, which is a couple hours before going to bed. For us, not only does it provide a little heat, but it also puts a little more 'load' on the generator.
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Old 10-12-2014, 01:36 PM   #5
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The heat pumps work for us until about 42 degrees. Then we use 2 1500 watt ceramic heaters. Last Thanksgiving it was about 25 degrees, we kicked on the central heat to warm up & the ceramics did just fine after that.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:22 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by dutch99 View Post
We use 2 cheep little 1500 watt heaters to heat our 40 footer.
Well, I have 4 of those heaters and a 38 footer, how many I use depends on conditions.. Got down to 11 degrees once last winter, I had to use the furnace that night.. (Furnace heats wet bays)

Normally I use 2 or 3 of the heaters. This year I am 200 miles farther south and only about five miles from the ocean so i likely will never burn propane.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:42 PM   #7
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There are a couple of ways of looking at this. If you are in a CG that charges for electricity then it's probably a toss up. You are either burning gas ($$$$) or burning something to make the electricity. We use heaters because it is much more convenient to pay for the electricity and save the gas.

If your CG is not charging you for the electricity then they are either including it in the cost of the CG or eventually will have to up their CG costs or monitor your electricity and charge you a deposit (usually if you stay for extended periods of time). Somebody is going to have to pay for the energy used and I can assure you it won't be the CG owners.

If campers use electricity and don't pay for it one way or the other eventually the CG's will have to change their ways or go out of business.

When we stay in FL in March for a month (4 years now) We pay a $100 deposit and we usually have an electric bill of about $25-$35 depending on the weather. They always refund the balance within a few weeks of us getting home in April.

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Old 10-13-2014, 08:18 PM   #8
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I noticed all the rv's this past week heating with propane furnaces had water dripping down their interior surfaces of the windows. Ours with our 3 electric heaters and heat pump had dry windows.
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Old 10-13-2014, 08:36 PM   #9
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When at a campground we use electric heaters, one up front and another mid-ships. They are usually enough to keep us comfortable.

When its going to stay below freezing I have some small electric heaters to keep my bays warm.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:13 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by dutch99 View Post
We use 2 cheep little 1500 watt heaters to heat our 40 footer.

I hate to see all that gas wasted.

Unless you're in an area like Florida where the electricity is generated by burning natural gas........
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:24 PM   #11
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If you have the heat pumps, they work well. Our previous coach had two that were ducted together. When we're up front in the evening, we turn on the rear unit and allow the heat to migrate forward, keeping the room quiet while watching TV.

When we went to bed, we turned the front pump on and let it migrate to the bedroom. This allows for a gentle heating of the room, rather than the blast we would get when we have to use the propane furnace.

I also added two additional outlets to my Diplomat that used a separate 20 amp cord that was wired to my electrical bay. When we only have 30 amps of shore power, I could plug the additional cord into the 15/20 amp outlet at the pedestal and power one electric heater and still have 30 amps for the heat pump or another electric heater.

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