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Old 07-24-2015, 03:55 PM   #21
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wow that is a large "portable " heater you have there! I also keep my coach winterized when Parked at home, and set the portable digital heater to come on at 42 degrees , it is only 8 inches square and about 4 inches thick. I go check it periodically in the winter time and coach is always around 45 degrees even when the temp is in the high teens out side. I do keep my rv under metal rv cover that is open on the ends and the sides- this probably helps a little. guess I am lucky, but have never blown a circuit breaker with mine, It is rated 1400 watts. Have used microwave at same time, think they are on different circuit though.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:25 PM   #22
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I have a Comfort Glow heater that is 1500 or 800 watts that I bought at Camping World. Your 1400 Watt heater puts out about 4800 btu's , the dometic heat strip puts out 5600 btu's. The info in this thread relates to my 2015 FR3 30DS. I have since upgraded to a Bounder 35K and that is a 50 amp different animal, but I have installed a heat strip in the front ac. The FR3 popped circuit breakers frequently the Bounder has yet to.
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:37 AM   #23
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Think you might have had a weak circuit breaker, Mine never has and used it all last winter, actually had two hooked up for a short while but was not needed so went back to one.
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:41 AM   #24
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Excellent point on the water tanks. No idea if our current set up heats down there.
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:25 AM   #25
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I like the idea of the heat strip. But last winter I just set my fireplace at 65 and a small space heater in the bathroom. On the below freezing nights I set my propane heat low to keep some heat in the basement. This combo worked great for me and just a 30# tank every couple of weeks.
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:31 AM   #26
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Think you might have had a weak circuit breaker, Mine never has and used it all last winter, actually had two hooked up for a short while but was not needed so went back to one.
If you have a 30 amp service electric heat becomes tricky. But with a 50 amp service it's a piece of cake. It's 3,600 watts vs 12,000 watts of power.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:07 AM   #27
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Just want to point out that this is the FR3 section of the forum and my discussion of this is based on my experience with a 2015 FR3 30DS. My new unit has a fireplace too but if your an FR3 owner you have one built in ac, 30 amp service and no fireplace. My FR3 would trip the main circuit breaker about as often as often as a branch breaker. Experience with the unit taught me how to avoid tripping the breakers. ie: wife drying her hair and the microwave on at the same time would trip the main breaker. The last week we spent in the coach we had zero breaker trips. The dealer that took my old FR3 in trade had it sold before my new unit was prepped. I would buy another Forest River product in a heartbeat if the floorplan suited my needs.
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:04 PM   #28
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We purchased the bellow heater some time ago and it will boil us out of our trailer if need be and did not kill us on power use:
Amazon.com - Lasko 760000 Cyclonic Ceramic Heater - Space Heaters
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