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Old 05-25-2015, 08:49 AM   #11
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When we have full hookups, we use the electric heater to save propane. It is silent and does a great job heating the main area of the camper. We did have one outing last fall when the overnight temps were in the mid 30's. Even with PUGS, reflectix, and the electric heater, we needed to use the furnace to keep warm.


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Old 06-19-2015, 05:09 AM   #12
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What do you guys/gals do to the beds? We bought an electric heater instead of using all our propane to warm it up.....Do the Gizmos help? If you do the sides as well?
This is the first time we have used the warmers on the mattress, they don't seem to work,I don't feel them heating up? The middle seems a little warmer....



^^^^this is not the norm our matress gets almost to warm if we dont keep the setting low...wait maybe mine is not the norm?
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:26 AM   #13
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I usually turn the mattress heaters on 6 and a few hours later climb into bed. They should feel warm when you climb in...
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:55 AM   #14
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With the mattress heaters it is less about them feeling warm and more just realizing "wow, I am warm and need to turn these things down". They are subtle but very effective.

I use double bubble ecofoil in my canvas ends and it does help but it is not as noticeable as pugs. I am thinking about doing the entire walls instead of just windows.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:21 AM   #15
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We have added Pugs and Reflectix and it has made a huge difference on the cooling side of the curve, and am sure it will be the same for colder weather.
We tested the heated mattresses, and seemed like they didn't warm up much, but under a box was warmer, so waiting for further real world testing.
We also have used a small electric heater with a fan for years in other campers, and it seems to hold its own in the larger area we now have.
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:44 PM   #16
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This is the first time we have used the warmers on the mattress, they don't seem to work,I don't feel them heating up?
They're only about 100W (same as a large lightbulb). They don't get hot like an electric blanket does. But when you get in, as stated, you'll soon be turning it down.
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Heated mattress does work but it does take time to warm the bed especially if the mattress and bedding are very cold already.Try putting a comforter under the mattress to keep the cold out of the mattress. As to the electric heater we did similar and I put in an electric fireplace/heater, we had to use it our last trip out and the 1500 btu was just right. Night temp was in low 40's f and we were comfortable. The vent pillows on the ceiling vent help keep the cold out and keep the cold in if your using the ac.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:21 PM   #18
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the heated mattresses get hotter when you're actually in bed, laying on them.
of course, you need hookups to run them.

we rarely camp with hookups but when we do, they're the bomb. and we also use a ceramic heater to supplement the furnace, when we have hookups.

we did camp in Yosemite one April and got so cold, it snowed all night.
of course there were no hookups but with PUGs and Reflectix, we stayed quite warm, even with the furnace turned down low.
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the heated mattresses get hotter when you're actually in bed, laying on them.

of course, you need hookups to run them.



we rarely camp with hookups but when we do, they're the bomb. and we also use a ceramic heater to supplement the furnace, when we have hookups.



we did camp in Yosemite one April and got so cold, it snowed all night.

of course there were no hookups but with PUGs and Reflectix, we stayed quite warm, even with the furnace turned down low.

I would just think if it were that cold we would just sleep on the couch and keep both ends in on our 23IKSS


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