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Old 08-25-2015, 08:14 PM   #1
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Electric Heater Recommendation

We're looking for a small electric heater for a 26' Class C for when we are connected to shore power. Any recommendations for a small heater that might heat about 150 - 200 sq. ft?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:17 PM   #2
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Try googling Thermal wave by Sun Heat. Infrared heater that is low on energy consumption but really efficient and warm.
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:43 PM   #3
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Try googling Thermal wave by Sun Heat. Infrared heater that is low on energy consumption but really efficient and warm.
Looks nice for my home, but not my Class C since it is rather large and a bit heavy. Thanks for the assistance.
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We always keep one of the little cube heaters in the rig. Small and put out a lot of heat. Perfect for easily storing and should give enough heat for a small rig unless you head for MN in the winter.
We used two of them to heat the 40' Dutch Star but it had an optional roof insulation package, dual pane windows and excellent insulation. Using two was more to even out the temp from front to back than a necessity.
Even with all the heating we have now I keep one with us. I may reconsider in a few years and take it out though.

This isn't quite the one but close. Wal*Mart should have something. They are 1500 watts so you might have to watch you draw if on 30 amp shore power.
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We're looking for a small electric heater for a 26' Class C for when we are connected to shore power. Any recommendations for a small heater that might heat about 150 - 200 sq. ft?

Thanks in advance.
I carry a couple of the small cheap heaters in my C. The cheap ones are as efficient as the expensive heaters. Those with lower speed fans seem warmer than higher speed fans, but watt for watt the BTU output is the same.

Cheaper heaters usually have a thermal shut off switch only while more costly units also have a tip over switch. Tip over switches are more convienent as thermal switches have to cool to reset. If you travel with pets tip over switches are less aggravating. Test the safety switch(s) on your heater. If it has a tip over switch also block the intake or output to test the thermal shut off.

Small electric heaters work well for me.

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I bought a inexpensive electric space heater (Walmart)

look for one that has LOW and HIGH These are usually like 900 watts and 1600 watts.

The 900 watt position is OK on a 15 amp circuit, but the 1600 would really be pushing it.

Most of these have a fan that runs only when the thermostat is calling for heat. I modify it so the fan runs all the time the heater is turned on.

ALSO - When I'm not on shore power, I use a small Mr Buddy that I modified so it can use the coach LP system rather than those 1lb bottles.
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We use an oil filled radiator type heater and put it between the front seats when were parked. It's bigger but quiet and if you want warm water or food put a pot on it. Also it can be touching stuff and will not catch fire.

It's slower to heat up but constant output once it's warm
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We're looking for a small electric heater for a 26' Class C for when we are connected to shore power. Any recommendations for a small heater that might heat about 150 - 200 sq. ft?
Thanks in advance.
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Any 1500 watt heater, (the most powerful 120VAC electric heater available), can/will only produce 5115 BTU per hour, (whether you pay $20 or $150).
We carry 2 of these Sunbeam $25 sunbeam ceramic heaters.




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Old 08-26-2015, 09:27 AM   #9
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Thanks one and all for this guidance, which is exactly the kind of information we needed. We're off to the local big box!
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We use the Pelonis PF-1212-B6A1 Classic Ceramic, sometimes called a Ceramic Furnace, that we purchased at West Marine. Can be bought on line cheaper. It's advantage is that is thermostatically controlled. The fan speed and heat vary to heat up or maintain a temperature. No cycling on and off all night. Has both overheat and tip-over protection.
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Tried various cheap ceramic heaters and they all failed wtih a year.

An RV friend recommended Vornado series heaters. We bought one from Target and it works much better than the cheap ceramics and is quiet.
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Oil filled heaters are the way to go.. Safe, comfortable heat..
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Oil filled heaters are the way to go.. Safe, comfortable heat..
X2, quiet and efficient , size may be the issue , but worth the effort to find the room to carry them.
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Here is my recommendation:

https://jet.com/product/ada0573ce3a6...FdgNgQodyXcDag
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