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Old 10-17-2015, 05:27 PM   #1
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Using a electric heater

Hello everyone for the first time I will be using a electric heater in my RV my question is when at a campground and plugged into electric can I plug the heater into one of my own outlets inside the camper or should I run an extension cord to the campground Electric box
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:31 PM   #2
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Using the wall receptacles in your RV is perfectly acceptable. Nothing wrong as long as you don't start throwing breakers. If you do overload a circuit, just try another receptacle or run an extension cord with acceptable size wire to your heater.

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I had a plug installed in my wet bay that ran into my living area of the Rv . All I do now is run an ext cord from that new plug in the wet bay to the 110 plug on the pedestal. So the heater is now on separate feed...works great...GlenB
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:44 PM   #4
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Hello everyone for the first time I will be using a electric heater in my RV my question is when at a campground and plugged into electric can I plug the heater into one of my own outlets inside the camper or should I run an extension cord to the campground Electric box

OK thanks I will try it
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:14 PM   #5
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Hello everyone for the first time I will be using a electric heater in my RV my question is when at a campground and plugged into electric can I plug the heater into one of my own outlets inside the camper or should I run an extension cord to the campground Electric box
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It's okay to run 1 1500 watt electric heater plugged into a RV outlet but running the microwave or an electric toaster at the same time, (or 2 electric heaters at the same time), may trip a breaker, which on some RVs will also disable the built in inverter/charger.
BTW in addition to the normal 120V circuit breakers in the RV electrical panel there are sometimes 1 or 2 120V breakers on, or near, the inverter/charger.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:57 PM   #6
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i agree with sometimes needing high pull devices like heaters on a different outside breaker - if available. I've done this many times, especially when there is only a 30a option at the campground or rv park. I also have a external run heater in my water bay to maintain temp, and it doesnt use any of my internal coach amperage.
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We use a small electric heater to supplement the basement heat. We move it to the bedroom at night and have it on a low setting. We turn it off when we leave the RV.
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30a can be a P.I.T.A. if it's pretty cold where you're staying. Trying to remember what to turn off, and what can be left on. But with that being said, if you're staying somewhere that doesn't charge extra for elec., and has 50a, that's a win, win situation. We never worry about being uncomfortably cold. Last year I bought one of those 1500w oscillating tower ceramic heaters, and it works great. In fact since we'll be wintering in S.C. this year I'm going to get another one...AND where we're staying elec. is included in the monthly rent.
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We have 30 amp service and actually run 2 electric heaters if needed. One in the front and one in the bedroom. Just on separate breakers
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High Draw Appliances that may not play well together from a power use aspect:

Battery Charger
Electric water heater.
Portable electric heater.
Electric Coffee Pot.
Microwave Oven
Hair Dryer
Curling Iron
Roof Air Conditioner
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In a TT we have, outlet the microwave is on a circuit by itself. I just plug electric heater in there.
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I read on this forum about how inverted circuits sometimes have issues with space heaters and electric blankets. So when we ordered our coach I submitted a special request for a dedicated, non-inverted circuit. The outlet for this circuit is placed in the bedroom. When on shore power on a cold night we bring out the Dyson and plug it in. It is quiet and effective. We've also used the fan function to move around the air (DW hates ceiling fans). This is what we use:


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This is the time of year for this subject..

I have found that 1500 watt heaters may overload the outlets in an RV. this leads to that old HOT WIRE smell that.. Well, scares me cause it can lead to a visit from a fire department.

I installed a pair of genuine 15/20 amp outlets (These have a "T" shaped neutral slot) with 12ga wire connecting each to its very own circuit breaker.. No overheated wire any more.

Running those heaters on LOW or Medium (500-1000 watts) I would not expect problems.. Only on 1500 watt.

I need to buy a new one. One of my old ones bit the control board.
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Hello everyone for the first time I will be using a electric heater in my RV my question is when at a campground and plugged into electric can I plug the heater into one of my own outlets inside the camper or should I run an extension cord to the campground Electric box
i run mind .if you have a gfi it will kick if it to hot
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