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Old 11-15-2019, 07:03 PM   #1
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Electric heater suggestions...

Weíre getting ready for a shakedown cruise - just 2 nights in a local CW. Iíd like to have a small safe electric heater as a backup to the propane.

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:21 PM   #2
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:28 PM   #3
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Old 11-15-2019, 08:20 PM   #4
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We have dogs so ones with a plastic grill vs a metal one. Some of the metal ones get very hot to the touch.
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Old 11-15-2019, 09:15 PM   #5
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What ever you do donít buy the one that looks like a fireplace from CW it will overheat melt and scorch your floor
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:38 PM   #6
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After having my cheap ceramic cube heater catch on fire one day I elected to go with an oil filled ďradiatorĒ style. Itís a flat panel in a metal housing and does not get hot to touch. Mine cost about $100 at Loweís but I can leave it on while sleeping and not have a worry. I also wired in a dedicated outlet that I can plug into the 20A outlet on the camp pedestal and still have my usual 30A service available for regular duty.
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:42 PM   #7
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We’re getting ready for a shakedown cruise - just 2 nights in a local CW. I’d like to have a small safe electric heater as a backup to the propane.

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-15-2019, 11:23 PM   #8
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we've found that one in particular is a good one for us, found at most W*mts... about $16, white, can either stand up or lay on it's side, has both 750w and 1500w heating settings(we use 750w only), and most importantly, has the TEMPERATURE knob wheel so that you can put it in places where you only want it to come on WHEN it really needs to, such as the water bay, etc.

I want to say that the brand in SOLEIL... easy, small, convenient, and good heat.
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Old 11-16-2019, 01:17 AM   #9
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We use a small heater, picked up at Loews, probably five years ago or so. A couple of considerations, go for one that is very quiet, especially if you plan to use it at night, also one with a decent thermostat. We have found in the Gemini, which is a rather small RV, that small heater is about all we need down to 20 degrees or so, at least thats as cold as we have been in. Placed between the front seats, reversed when we are camped, aimed toward the rear, it heats the entire RV.
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:14 AM   #10
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I also wired in a dedicated outlet that I can plug into the 20A outlet on the camp pedestal and still have my usual 30A service available for regular duty.

This is exactly what I am want to install next season. Looking at the present wiring of the outlets and all on one circuit, I need to do this for peace of mind. Quite simple, just run a dedicated 12AWG extension cord to a duplex (GFCI maybe?) receptacle. Be a lot safer than what I see the manufacturer has done.


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Old 11-16-2019, 02:28 AM   #11
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This is exactly what I am want to install next season. Looking at the present wiring of the outlets and all on one circuit, I need to do this for peace of mind. Quite simple, just run a dedicated 12AWG extension cord to a duplex (GFCI maybe?) receptacle. Be a lot safer than what I see the manufacturer has done.


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I used a GFCI outlet originally but had to switch it back to a regular one. It seems that in most campgrounds the pedestal outlet is itself a GFCI and two of them donít play well together. Donít know why but it worked fine after the change. Easy mod except on my coach the electrical bay is under a slide and I didnít want my new wiring flexing all the time so I wired through the basement to a convenient location on the curb side.
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:31 AM   #12
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I also have a small ceramic heater and it has worked very well for 5 years. Its very quiet for sleeping and get one with the tip over switch. I got mine up here in Canada at Home Hardware but I also know Walmart has them.
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