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Old 11-12-2017, 11:36 PM   #1
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Ceramic heaters

Anyone here use the electric ceramic type heater? What brand/model? Are you happy with it? I'd rather go this route when docked than use propane and run the furnace. Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-12-2017, 11:48 PM   #2
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We are currently in upper Indiana with temps in low 20s to low 30s and using a ceramic heater to supplement the propane furnace. Thru the night we use the ceramic heater then turn the furnace on in the morning to warm the coach. We have been leaving the ceramic heater on 24/7. Have to be careful with current draw, we turn the heater off when using the microwave, etc. Got the heater at Home Depot.
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Old 11-12-2017, 11:50 PM   #3
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Ditto what Dave said. Exactly what we do.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:09 AM   #4
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We just returned from a trip where it got as low as 16 degrees and several days below freezing. I found that an oil based heater works pretty good for us as it has a thermostat and a 900 watt (med) setting that produces a lot of heat with a lower power consumption. There is no fan so it's whisper quiet. We can use a second ceramic heater on low to add heater and air circulation if need be.

DeLonghi 5,120-BTU Oil-Filled Radiant Compact Personal Electric Space Heater with Thermostat and Energy Saving Setting
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Lowes has them for about $70.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:13 AM   #5
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We are currently in upper Indiana with temps in low 20s to low 30s and using a ceramic heater to supplement the propane furnace. Thru the night we use the ceramic heater then turn the furnace on in the morning to warm the coach. We have been leaving the ceramic heater on 24/7. Have to be careful with current draw, we turn the heater off when using the microwave, etc. Got the heater at Home Depot.
If not using the furnace until morning, how are you keeping your pipes/tanks from freezing?
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:19 AM   #6
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If not using the furnace until morning, how are you keeping your pipes/tanks from freezing?
As he said, the ceramic heater.

As long as the interior is above 50 it's got to get really cold outside for a long time to worry about freezing pipes and tanks.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:35 AM   #7
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We are currently in upper Indiana with temps in low 20s to low 30s and using a ceramic heater to supplement the propane furnace. Thru the night we use the ceramic heater then turn the furnace on in the morning to warm the coach. We have been leaving the ceramic heater on 24/7. Have to be careful with current draw, we turn the heater off when using the microwave, etc. Got the heater at Home Depot.

Same for us, except we rarely stay anywhere less than 40 degrees. Much better to use the campground's electricity than our LP gas, when possible. Like any heater, make sure nothing that could catch fire gets any where close to it. Ours sits on a footstool in the hall of our Vegas, pointed back towards the bedroom at night and towards the living area in the day, if needed.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:40 AM   #8
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As he said, the ceramic heater.

As long as the interior is above 50 it's got to get really cold outside for a long time to worry about freezing pipes and tanks.
Your ACE much be much different than mine. My storage compartments were basically the same temperature as outside, not inside the coach.

When I was running the ceramic heater during the day and as it approach freezing outside, the storage compartments that contained plumbing, were just a few degrees warmer than outside until I switched from the ceramic heater to the furnace.
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:56 AM   #9
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We just purchased a ceramic heater from CW. Haven't used it yet other than to test it to ensure it works.
Should know something more next week as we have a trip planned.
Good luck with yours.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:21 AM   #10
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We've been using one for over 10 years and works great for our very small space. It's rated 1,000/1,500 watts low/high heat. We rarely camp in very cold weather, so Low setting is usually enough to keep us warm. High setting has been plenty to overnight in temperatures down into the high 20s.

Current should only be ~ 9 to 13 Amps, so we can run other items like microwave at same time off 30-Amp service.
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