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Old 05-19-2015, 10:48 PM   #1
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For cold weather camping....

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....



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Old 05-19-2015, 11:42 PM   #2
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We crank up the mattress heaters. They don't get hot like an electric blanket but when you climb in bed it isn't cold either. It does take time to warm so turn it on an hour or two before bed.
Definitely PUGS on the tents and reflectix in the bunk windows. Huge difference in both the cold of winter and the heat of summer.
We use an electric baseboard heater in the main area and a small space heater in the back bed area in our 23IKSS.
With this setup we rarely have had to use the furnace.

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Old 05-19-2015, 11:59 PM   #3
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We have a heated mattress in our current 2008 Wildwood. Not sure they are available anymore, but much better than an electric blanket above the body. It warms the buns well.

It really helps after a cold night at the campfire, but have to turn it on about 1/2hr before slipping in there to have a nice effect.

Will likely transfer this to our new Wildwood once we take delivery. It makes the wife happy, which is all that matters in life at least to me.

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Old 05-20-2015, 02:57 AM   #4
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With all the positive posts about PUGs and Reflectix for the windows, you shouldn't even need to ask.
Should have got them already if you planned on camping in cold temps.

Mattress heaters work slowly and will work better when you are in the bed.
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:55 PM   #5
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I had a ROO 19 before I moved to a 5th wheel. I used to turn on the electric mattress heaters before going to bed and had a Honeywell space heater set up. Only on the coldest nights did the furnace need to kick in. In fact during the night it was so snug that i used to turn off the electric blankets.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:11 PM   #6
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love the cold weather...extra blanket and cuddle close...But several other folks have them and you can tell the difference when stepping in their camper...our 1st trip this year awoke to 9 degrees...
and PUGs and reflectix are in the works for the new camper....
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:45 AM   #7
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In our previous campers ( both being pop ups ), in one ( 2009 ) we had a heated mattress and furnace and nothing in the other ( 1995 ). Boy, that heated mattress and furnace sure was nice on a cool evening.

On the other hand, with the 1995 pop up we used a small portable electric heater, or our Mr. Buddy propane heater (when not hooked to the electric ) and snuggled a bit more. No furnace, no heated mattress! You learn quickly when you don't have enough blankets, when needed.

Now we have just the furnace in our HTT, but still keep extra blankets on hand.

* yetavon....we too love camping in the cooler temps. Love those brisk mornings.
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:57 PM   #8
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Here's the heater we use. It fits perfectly against the island in our 23IKSS.

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A good quality down duvet is the warm ticket for us and we've spent countless nights in sub freezing temps.
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For me the 23IKSS came with a 30,00btu furnace and it runs off of propane so we use it and always have two full tanks. We just got our Roo but we never used space heaters just lots of blankets and kept the heat at 67. I guess this year we will try the heated mattresses and furnace in the Roo and see how it goes, but portable heaters? I have not tried that yet.

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