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Old 10-04-2016, 09:16 PM   #1
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Any suggestion on an electric heater?

2017 FR3 We tried a 1500 w electric heater and the circuit breaker trips when refrigerator starts. Any suggestion on a low wattage heater? We have tried different outlets (which are limited).
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:54 PM   #2
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2017 FR3 We tried a 1500 w electric heater and the circuit breaker trips when refrigerator starts. Any suggestion on a low wattage heater? We have tried different outlets (which are limited).
1,500 watt heater at 115 volt pulls 13 amps and if I'm not mistaken all your circuit breakers are 15 amp.
You could bet a 1,000 watt heater which may not trip the breaker.

You need to put it on a dedicated circuit breaker.
Have you tried the one that powers the microwave?
Just don't use the microwave when the heater is on.
If you can't find anything you just may have to add a dedicated circuit breaker in the panel with it's own outlet.
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:20 PM   #3
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Does your heAter have a low setting? Most are 750 watts. We have be running ours for four days on low and furnace rarely kicks on. Temps are in the twenties at night.

And if have the ability, run a 15 or 20 amp extension cord to your pedistial and create your own extra circuit.


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Old 10-04-2016, 11:41 PM   #4
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2017 FR3 We tried a 1500 w electric heater and the circuit breaker trips when refrigerator starts. Any suggestion on a low wattage heater? We have tried different outlets (which are limited).

Just a suggestion here. We have a Mr. Buddy Heater that we bought years ago when we had our Pop Ups, and still use to this day. Works great, and is temperature controlled. Uses small LP canisters, so no electric required. Might want to give these a look.

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I use a electric bedroom heater (very quite) on medium heat and it runs 750 watts. It runs all the time when the temps are cold but there is no issue with breakers. Are you using a compressor type refrigerator? An RV frig should only draw 2 to 3 amps and there should not be a starting surge.
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:27 AM   #6
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2017 FR3 We tried a 1500 w electric heater and the circuit breaker trips when refrigerator starts. Any suggestion on a low wattage heater? We have tried different outlets (which are limited).
Many have installed or had a electrician install a "Thru wall dedicated circuit" they are the same type used on boats! Connect to the power pedestal with a HD extension cord! Very easy install! Youroo!! Pic of outside power inlet above BTR inlet!
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When we are plugged into shore power, we have a small 900 watt version, If yours has two temperature settings, the LOW setting is usually about 1/2 of the high setting. ALSO, the fan on ours would switch on and off with the heating element, I modified it so the fan runs all the time.

As someone mentioned, When not on shore power, we have a small Mr Buddy that I modified to use house propane instead of the small 1lb bottles.
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Many have installed or had a electrician install a "Thru wall dedicated circuit" they are the same type used on boats! Connect to the power pedestal with a HD extension cord! Very easy install!
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I did this on my Solera. Only problem was that I wasn't comfortable drilling a hole (blindly) on the driver's side, so I did the install on the passenger side. My setup runs up to 20 amps to a single duplex outlet and includes a dedicated circuit breaker. Probably cost $50 for all the bits and pieces.

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Personally, I'm not real keen on the use of non-vented propane appliances in a TT when I'm snoozing due to CO emissions. I do use a "bathroom" electric on the lowest heat setting to augment the operation of the Lp furnace, just as the other posters recommend. Besides blowing the breaker on hi when anything else that demands higher current kicks on, the power cord will warm up to the point that it makes me uncomfortable knowing that's going on while I'm napping. Spend the extra couple bucks on the furnace operation and be safe. Happy fall camping
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