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Old 02-01-2011, 11:22 PM   #1
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Anyone use 1500 Watt Electric Heater?

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?
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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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?
I have a 20' trailer and keep a 1500w electric radiator style heater in it. I actually only had to have the 600w side switched on, and it's enough to keep the whole camper warm. Doesn't wake me up like the Forced Air thing does. Just don't leave the door open to long.

Living in Tahoe, we get into the 20's at night during spring and fall, so I just keep this thing on all the time while parked next to the house. Don't want everything inside freezing up. It has a little thermostat which keeps it about 65 inside.

I would think that if it doesn't trip the breakers, the draw should be OK. I doubt you would need to run it at 1500w full time anyway.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:59 AM   #3
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We were without a furnace for almost 3 weeks. Used a 1500 watt oil filled heater. Kept the trailer warm. We had a few nights that were -6c for almost a week with highs +2 in daytime. Had to plug the heater into the outlet for the hotwater heater. FR in all their wisdom put all to the outlet in the TT plus the reefer of one breaker. Heater would work ok until the reefer turned on then it would pop the breaker.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:55 AM   #4
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I use a 1500 watt electric forced air and have no problem. I found out by using a meter, Turned off the breaker for the recepticals in the kitchen there is a breaker on the other side that is on a separate breaker
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:08 AM   #5
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As you can see, many of us use electric heaters to keep
warm when we're parked on shore power.
I have a little fan type 1500 watt heater. We use it on
either half or full heat setting. I know some prefer the
little oil filled "radiator" type because they're quiet.
We actually like the low noise from a fan heater to mask
the camp ground sounds. Especially those folks who fire
up their trucks at 5 AM to either go to work or the
waffle house!

I added an extra outlet for mine on it's own circuit breaker.
Before that, we could use it on full heat but if we wanted
to make coffee we had to shut off the heater until it
was done perking and then only use it on half heat.
Some folks just run an extension cord thru the slide gasket
to the outside power post. Nearly all power posts have
a duplex outlet there that is on a separate 20 amp
breaker. This way you won't pop any breakers inside.

Happy (warm) Camping!
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:26 AM   #6
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As you can see, many of us use electric heaters to keep
warm when we're parked on shore power.
I have a little fan type 1500 watt heater. We use it on
either half or full heat setting. I know some prefer the
little oil filled "radiator" type because they're quiet.
We actually like the low noise from a fan heater to mask
the camp ground sounds. Especially those folks who fire
up their trucks at 5 AM to either go to work or the
waffle house!

I added an extra outlet for mine on it's own circuit breaker.
Before that, we could use it on full heat but if we wanted
to make coffee we had to shut off the heater until it
was done perking and then only use it on half heat.
Some folks just run an extension cord thru the slide gasket
to the outside power post. Nearly all power posts have
a duplex outlet there that is on a separate 20 amp
breaker. This way you won't pop any breakers inside.

Happy (warm) Camping!

Same here --- we can have morning coffee OR morning heat, but not both at the same time

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Old 02-02-2011, 11:51 AM   #7
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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!!
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I have 4-5 heaters going. I have the furnace, a 1500w oil radiator in the bedroom, one in the dining area that is only on if it needs to, the 1400w quartz halogen in the living room and the fireplace thats built in.
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We use a 1500W deLonghi oil-fileed radiator to keep the interior above freezing when the MH is docked alongside the house. I bought a plug-in, programmable digital thermostat to run it, since the rotary knob t/stat on the heater is too vague. I have it set to its lowest setting of 45F and it keeps inside, nearer the driver's seat, to about 38 degrees when outside is mid-20s.

We haven't used it while camping th the MH yet, but will be taking it and a 1500 W fan heater with us on trips when overnights might get chilly (may need a second t/stat). We also find the furnace too noisy for sleeping.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #10
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As mentioned above, we run an extension cord from the 20 amp outlet that's on the box next to the 30 amp that the trailer is plugged in to. Then, hook the 1500 watt heater to that.
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