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Old 02-02-2011, 03:15 PM   #11
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My power center is near the floor just left of
the sink. This made adding an extra circuit easy.
My power center had spare slots so I just went to Home
Debit (I mean Depot) and bought a 15 amp plug in
circuit breaker an "old work box" and a duplex outlet and
cover. Total cost under $10. I already had the needed
4 feet of 14-2 romex wire.

It was a one beer job to cut a hole in the toe kick under
to the sink and install the box and outlet. Running the
wire the 2 feet over to the power center was a snap and
since the breaker is just plug in all I had to do was plug
it in and put the neutral and ground wires on the appropriate screw terminals in the power center.

Now we can have HEAT and Coffee at the same time
and that's PRICELESS on a cold morning!!
Dan I don't believe you should encourage others to do carpenter work and electrical work under the one beer premise. That is definitely at least a two beer job, maybe three if you do the quality check to make should the heater works properly in it's new receptacle.
Great idea! Think I might just add one myself.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:34 PM   #12
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Dan I don't believe you should encourage others to do carpenter work and electrical work under the one beer premise. That is definitely at least a two beer job, maybe three if you do the quality check to make should the heater works properly in it's new receptacle.:trink39
Great idea! Think I might just add one myself.
In actual fact --- there is no such thing as a "one beer" job It must always be followed by an "OMG, I am good" self-congratulatory beer.

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Old 02-02-2011, 07:49 PM   #13
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Thanks for the responses. I liked KyDan's idea of snaking in an extension cord from the site's power box!!
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:43 PM   #14
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We use a Lasko Ceramic Oscillating Tower Heater w/Remote. (Similar to this, but from Sam's Club... Amazon.com: Lasko 751320 Ceramic Tower Heater with Remote Control: Kitchen & Dining) Has a built in thermostat and keeps things very comfortable. It has a small footprint so it can be put anywhere, it's light weight, and it's fairly quiet. Only took one COLD, RAINY, SNOWY camping trip & 70+ Lbs of Propane in 5 days to convince me this was the way to go!
As noted by others, it will pop the breaker if plugged in with any other power hungry items. (IE: Coffee maker, toaster, etc.)

I will be doing the extension cord from the post trick in the future!

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Old 02-04-2011, 06:26 PM   #15
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At 1500 watts you will draw anywhere from 12.5 to 13.8 amps. If on a 30 amp site you are using half your capacity so just watch how much you are running.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:34 PM   #16
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Last fall I used an electric heater and about an hour later all the outlets failed. No breaker was tripped and the micro still worked so I knew I had power. Not wanting to go through the night without my CPAP machine I started probing and discovered all the outlets were wired through the GFI in the bathroom. One of the supply wires was burned back about an inch. Inspecting the other wires I found a couple others showed signs of running hot due to the insulation not being stripped back far enough so the screw on the outlet securing the wire was partially on the insulation. I have since installed another breaker with a couple more outlets. Never thought of running an extension cord through the slide seal though, very good idea!
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Last fall I used an electric heater and about an hour later all the outlets failed. ... One of the supply wires was burned back about an inch. Inspecting the other wires I found a couple others showed signs of running hot due to the insulation not being stripped back far enough so the screw on the outlet securing the wire was partially on the insulation.
That's plumb scary

Here's a comforting factoid. IF a factory ie- Forest River,
Airstream, Jayco, GM, GE, Ford etc has one licensed electrician
on staff, ALL the rest of the employees who do electrical
work DON'T have to be licensed or even trained.

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We do exactlly the same. I plug it on the next regular plug. We use a ceramic heater. They are very compact and have a good output.
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I'm thinking about purchasing an electric heater to use when at electric sites. 1500 Watt. What do you think of the advisability of doing this? I wonder about the robustness of the trailer's electrical system to handle the required amperage. Are there safety issues? If you are doing this, what brand/type of heater do you use? Does it work for you?
Bob,

We have the same trailer. I have been using a ceramic heater that I have plugged into the outlet in the front of the kitchen cabinets. I like the heater on top of the stove cover. I have been doing this almost since I've owned the trailer. Never had a problem, in my trailer all the plugs are on the gfi circuit from the bathroom plug...

On a side note, I popped the 30 amp breaker last summer... had the a/c going, coffee maker, microwave and then my father in law tried the toaster outside... that was a little too much for the electrics! I thought the campground had went down at first

When I wised up, I flipped the breaker and we were back in business!

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Thanks guys. It sounds like it depends on how good a wiring job you got the day your trailer was built!! I think I will play it safe and run an extension cord past the slide seal. Oscillating ceramic tower sounds like a good choice.
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