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Old 01-08-2014, 05:56 PM   #11
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Just remember P=IE
P=power in watts
I= curent in amps
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:04 PM   #12
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Using the electric heaters, is this for long term camping where maybe you do not have local access to propane or because you prefer the electric heat as it does not dry you out as much?

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Old 01-08-2014, 06:10 PM   #13
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Anytime we camp in cool weather we use Electric, as long as I'm not metered.

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Old 01-08-2014, 06:59 PM   #14
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Using the electric heaters, is this for long term camping where maybe you do not have local access to propane or because you prefer the electric heat as it does not dry you out as much?
It's economics.

An RV furnace is a propane HOG!! One chilly weekend will consume an entire 20 lb tank of gas. Running a little heater of the campgrounds electricity is usually free.

For the cost of my recommended $20 heater, (see upthread) I have saved literally hundreds of dollars in gas, not to mention never ran out of gas on a trip and much less hassle getting my tanks refilled.

If it's really cold we will run the RV furnace to take off the chill and then maintain temps with the electric heater. Once in really cold weather we ran two heaters, passing a heavy extension cord out the slide seal to the pedestal for one of the heaters.

Saved a lot of money!
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:26 PM   #15
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Infrared quartz or ceramic heaters. Which one is more efficient? If you purchased an infrared quartz heater which one did you buy.

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Old 01-08-2014, 07:33 PM   #16
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ceramic heater? You gotta be kidding! When temps get below 30, ceramic heaters can't keep you warm enough. Gotta supplement with the furnace. when I had ceramic heaters, I put furnace to maintain 45 or 50 (enough to keep from freezing) and have the ceramic take up the slack.

I like the Presto Parabolic heat dish, that did a great job, but the only problem was the brightness of the coil prevented me from sleeping. I can't close my bedroom door because my cat need to go back and forth to it's food and litter box.

I have had good luck with oil filled radiators. Use a 3 heat level one in front (1500 watts at highest setting, 12.5 amps) and use a small 500 watt one in the bathroom.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:42 AM   #17
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On our first trip out we took our oil filled radiator style heater with us. It worked good but there is no thermostat and we constantly had to adjust it. I have since found a really compact ceramic heater with a thermostat (Honeywell $39.99 at Target)...we have several trips planned for February so we will see how it works.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:46 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by gmacklem View Post
I got a smallish heater from Wally World (see link below) for my 21 foot camper. It was more than enough for the weather I saw (lows in the 30's).... In fact, I had to turn the ceramic heater down some the last night as it was too warm the night before.
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We have the same heater. We place it in the middle of the RV on the island pointed at the bedroom (heat rises). We turned down the heat setting because it got too warm. We use it in May and September, cheaper that using our propane. We like the oscillating feature and cool-touch housing. It has a manual adjustable thermostat, push-button oscillation, three comfort settings: high heat, low heat and fan only.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:38 AM   #19
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I use an Eden Pur IR heater most of the time in my 30' 5er. It does well until outside gets below 30. Then I add another 1500 watt ceramic. That has kept it in the 60s inside in single digit outside temps. I find it easier to run electric than pulling tanks, driving to refill and doing it every 4-5 days in that kind of weather. Haven't done the cost trade off but I believe the electric is cheaper and certainly quieter.

Some have said they run electric from outside to do the second heater. I find in most units there are 2 circuits for wall plugs. The GFI circuit (usually in bath and kitchen area) and unmarked (in bedroom and living area). Still expect to blow cb if hair dryer, coffee maker or water heater kicks on.
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Anytime we camp in cool weather we use Electric, as long as I'm not metered.

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Ditto that. We're seasonal and electric included in yearly fee. Burning propane is burning money for me. I already paid for the electric.

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