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Old 09-13-2017, 03:56 PM   #1
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Electric heater in cargo area

Anyone using a very small personal heater in the cargo area to keep things from freezing down there? I am thinking about using a Honeywell HCE100R heat bud ceramic heater. It has two heat settings of 170 to 250 watts.

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Old 09-13-2017, 04:05 PM   #2
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I know some folks just put in a 100-150W light bulb.

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Old 09-13-2017, 09:13 PM   #3
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It would end up being cheaper to but a gallon of antifreeze and blow the lines out. Unless you camp in the winter time.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:23 PM   #4
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I run my furnace 24/7 in the winter. Mine has heat vents in the cargo area.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:58 PM   #5
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What we did

We started full timing last year and this past winter was our first in the camper. We are in Texas so the winters aren't brutal, but it does freeze occasionally. We don't use the furnace much in the winter, we have a small space heater in the bedroom and use the electric fireplace in the living room. So i opted to put one of the small 200 watt heaters in the basement and plugged it in to this thermostat plug that comes on at 35* and turns off at 45*.
It worked fine for us last year. One word of caution though. If you do put a heater in the basement, I would make sure it has a tip over shut off.
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:02 PM   #6
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You could run it. I'd make sure it was on the lowest setting and also would remove everything from down there.

Like elind says, I set my furnace at 40 degrees and run it in the winter. We camp year round, so go out at least once a month. I don't want to have to winterize and de-winterize so often. If it is expected to get unusually cold here, I will drain the water from the lines, and ensure the hot water heater drains (since it is on the outside of the insulated area). However, that is rare.

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