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Old 10-20-2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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Ceramic heaters or RV heat?

I've been reading folks using ceramic heaters when hooked up to save propane among other reasons.

My question is those things draw a lot of watts.

Can this hurt the electric in any way?

What brand/model heaters do you use?

What's the best placement with kids/dogs in the camper
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:03 AM   #2
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I've been reading folks using ceramic heaters when hooked up to save propane among other reasons.

My question is those things draw a lot of watts.

Can this hurt the electric in any way?

What brand/model heaters do you use?

What's the best placement with kids/dogs in the camper

Yes, they do. 2 - 1500 watt heaters will be close to maxing out a 30 amp camper's AC system (25 amps all by themselves when both are heating at the same time).

Won't hurt anything, but you may find yourself tripping breakers. Never put both on the same power circuit. Most camper circuits are only wired with 15 amp maximum wiring.

Most folks like ceramic.

With kids and dogs I would not use them (or Kerosene for that matter).
Pay for the propane it is much safer as only hot air enters the camper.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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I use a Vornado heater sitting on the booth table to maintain the temperature in the trailer. I mainly use it at night because it is much quieter than the camper blower. It is cool to the touch, light weight, thermostically controlled, has a tip over auto shut off and I got mine for $40. That said my camper is only 25 feet with one slide and it works well. In fact one night I left it on constant instead of auto and I woke up sweating half way through the night.

Most heaters use similair wattage. This one on low is 750 watts and 1500 watts on high. I have not run into any problems with it.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:21 AM   #4
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We use an EdenPure electric heater which has a remote thermostat. I ran a separate circuit for the heater. I made a table top with attached light and use it for an end table. When temps are expected to dip to freezing, will flip the extra switch I wired on the furnace blower to circulate warm air into the belly of the trailer. The switch bypasses the burner itself.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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A heater that uses 800 watts or less is less likely to cause an electric problem. Many heaters have high - low switches to set watts.

An oil filled heater is less hot to the touch because the heat is spread over a larger surface area, although they are heavier.

If the concern is a small child, perhaps a small heater on top the the stove, with the stove cover closed. This puts it more out of their reach.
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I used this one from Home Depot, Holmes Quartz Tower, for the first time on Columbus Day Weekend. We were in the 40's at night. It heated my 5w very well. I only needed to use it on low. Just had it on high for a few minutes and it brought the camper heat up nicely.

I chose this one because it was small, light and has a tip over shut off.

Another nice feature is that it is quiet, compared to my furnace.

Will be using it again in two weeks, Will probably be in the 30's at night by then. That will be the test.

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A heater that uses 800 watts or less is less likely to cause an electric problem.
How so?
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We now have our trailer on a permanebt seasonal lot and plan on using it a few times over the winter such as Christmas and so on. I have been thinking about getting an infrared heater, or I think that is what they are called to supplement the furnace. My wife always complains about how noisy it is. Has anybody used on of these? I know they are quiet but how are they on power as we have to pay our own power useage during off season? Our trailer is about 35 feet with two slides and curious how it would be to heat it during the colder temps of winter.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #9
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We have 2 ceramic heaters we run........ on our 30 Amp service , One is a small cube the other is a small tower..... For us it is not a propane use issue. We have a 36' Toyhauler with no heat vents in the garage but two queen beds..... & other than that we have always supplemented the furnace Never had a breaker trip yet but not it say it won't next time........ Usually we only need to use them at night.


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Like OC, we use an Edenpure. I know its always stated 1500w is 1500w, but it heats much better, and more evenly, than our oil filled style, and much better than the $29 Walmart one. Plus, I feel its safer than most.
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