Originally Posted by Pikeplace19
Has anyone ever used a Vornado space heater in their trailer? We just purchased to use in our 272RLIS and while reading the manual, it's reads as follows. " DO NOT use this heater in an RV, a boat, or any application where a DC/AC converter is converting battery power to AC power."
If I'm plugged into 30 amp power, and using the heater at medium power at 1150 watts shouldn't I be fine?
I also don't want to blow up my new trailer. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Hmm, interesting choice of terminology from Vornado. An "inverter" is the technical term for changing 12 volt DC (battery power) to 120 volt AC power
A "converter" does the opposite and converts 120 volt AC power to 12 volt DC.
About all RV's have a converter to power the 12 volt things like lights, pumps, fans, detectors, etc......so when you are connected to 120 volt shore power the converter powers the 12 volt stuff instead of running from and discharging the battery.
However, usually only motorhomes and RV's with large battery banks have an actual inverter to take power form the battery(ies) and invert it to 120 volt AC to power things that operate off of 120 volt AC.
Are you positive that Vornado said converter, instead of inverter? Even if so, they confused the terminology a little, but still stated what needed to be said. As long as you are running it from the 120 volt plugins in your RV, and are on a form of 120 volt shore power, you will be fine as long as you don't overload the individual circuit that it is on.
I can understand the warning, as an electric heater can zap batteries fairly quick, if operated from an inverter and could also use more watts than a lot of inverters are rated for.