Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-16-2018, 06:03 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
2019 25' International
Washington , Washington, D.C.
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 243
Blog Entries: 1
Portable Heater recommendations

A recently-issued Blue Beret magazine recommended getting a 'quality portable heater' in the 'milk house style'. Recommendations? Thanks!
__________________

PatLee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
68 TWind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,516
We tried several small forced air heaters over the years. A few years ago I started using one of the oil filled electric radiator type heaters. It is great, warms the trailer fairly quickly and produces a much more even heat though out the trailer, plus it is silent.
__________________

__________________
__________________
Bruce & Rachel
__________________
68 Trade Wind
2001 Toyota Tundra
68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2018, 07:18 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
A W Warn's Avatar

 
2000 25' Safari
1999 34' Excella
Davidson County, NC , Highlands County, FL
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 3,316
I have had at least a dozen small ceramic heaters over the last 25 years. I have five right now. I've learned a few things that I think are important.
1. Those heaters that don't have a thermostat just do not work for a trailer interior if someone plans on using it while sleeping. The heaters with digital thermostats provide a more even interior temperature than those with the dissimilar metal /mechanical thermostats.
2. Three heat settings are better than 2 (low, medium, high heat)
3. Multiple fan speeds are better.
4. Before purchasing, listen to the fan. Some are loud enough to keep me awake.

I like to use two electric heaters, one at each end of the trailer on the low heat setting, instead of one on a high. It keeps the interior temperature more comfortable.

Of all of the heaters I have tried I like the Lasko tower heaters best, because the fan is whisper quiet. I also have an oil filled heater I use at times two heaters are needed.

ps: I live in my 34' trailer all winter in FL. I use electric about 95% of the time. Until there is danger of freezing a plumbing pipe the furnace is hardly ever used.
__________________
Alan
2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 5.3L maximum trailering package (yes, I'm towing the 34')
A W Warn is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2018, 08:13 PM   #4
CRH
Rivet Master
 
1995 25' Excella
xxxxx , xxxxxx
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 1,483
We use a simple ceramic heater. We sit it on the stove top.
CRH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2018, 11:02 PM   #5
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 5,695
Portable Heater recommendations

Dittos on the oil-filled radiator type heaters. I have dogs, all males, with “male dog habits”. Oil-filled heaters are also not as hot running and silent. Heater is kept on the floor at rear of trailer out of the aisle.
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2018, 09:34 AM   #6
3 Rivet Member
 
2019 25' International
Washington , Washington, D.C.
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 243
Blog Entries: 1
Thank you A W Warn for your insights. You said 3 heat settings were better than 1 but in looking at space heaters on line, I can only find some with 'high' or 'low' and 'fan only' settings. Is that what you meant by 'three heat settings"?
Thank you.
PatLee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2018, 10:07 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Mollysdad's Avatar
 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 2,849
I tried a bunch of "hot wire & fan" type electric heaters and was always disappointed, usually because of fan noise. Even the highly rated Broan.
I kept remembering a great heater I had in a rental cabin. All I knew it was a Pelonis.
I scoured e-Bay and finally found one made in 1989 and stored away in some estate so it looked new. It's ceramic, and uses a heavy steel cabinet, and the dial for heat also controls the fan speed, so you can dial it down to low power and quiet.
Pelonis is still around, just the name, but they're now plastic and made in China.
I love my 30 year old heater. (even bought two so I have one in my home bedroom)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	s-l1600.jpg
Views:	80
Size:	358.8 KB
ID:	322763  
Mollysdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2018, 05:26 PM   #8
1987 Avion 34W owner
 
PaulnGina's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Good Ol' , USA
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 2,041
I have had very good service from our Vornado heater.

https://www.vornado.com/product-cate...ers/whole-room

Similar to their VH-10.... a newer model.

I think they are still made in the USA, and have a 5-year warranty.
__________________
“What’s good for me may not be good for the weak minded.”

1987 Avion 34W
1995 Ford F250 7.3L PowerStroke
PaulnGina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2018, 05:55 PM   #9
Lost in America
 
mojo's Avatar
 
2015 27' FB International
2006 25' Safari FB SE
2004 19' International CCD
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,651
Quote:
Originally Posted by A W Warn View Post
1. Those heaters that don't have a thermostat just do not work for a trailer interior if someone plans on using it while sleeping. The heaters with digital thermostats provide a more even interior temperature than those with the dissimilar metal /mechanical thermostats.

Ditto on the Lasko tower heater with digital thermostat. Be sure you get the one with the remote control so you don't have to get outta bed to adjust the temp.
__________________
This is the strangest life I've ever known - J. Morrison

2015 Airstream International Serenity 27FB
2017
Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel

mojo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 03:08 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
Steamguy's Avatar
 
2019 27' International
Washougal , Washington
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 84
Wow, there's a blast from the past... I've owned the Pelonis, and it was absolutely the very best heater. Quiet and efficient. It does run all the time, so it keeps the heat in the coach nice and even. They are hands-down, the quietest. The motor in mine quit after about ten years, and it was a $90 part, so that ended it...

A good second: I'll cast my vote with PaulnGina above. The Vornado heaters. They're reasonably quiet and do a good job.
__________________
Steamguy
2019 International Serenity 27 FB
"Live, Laugh, Love"
Click here to go to my blog: I try to add wisdom, not noise.
Steamguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 03:24 PM   #11
4 Rivet Member
 
2018 30' Classic
Jacksonville , Florida
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 295
Look for a thermostat and anti tip over feature. Think small you don't want it to over load anything pop a breaker or burn up a cord.
Overstreet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 05:17 PM   #12
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawus"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , Milky Way
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 12,504
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by CRH View Post
We use a simple ceramic heater. We sit it on the stove top.
^
X2

Have been using this since 1979, at home & AS.
All metal old school. 👍

Bob
🇺🇸
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	fullsizeoutput_e37.jpg
Views:	54
Size:	175.3 KB
ID:	322904   Click image for larger version

Name:	fullsizeoutput_70c.jpg
Views:	57
Size:	396.0 KB
ID:	322905  

Click image for larger version

Name:	fullsizeoutput_261.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	426.1 KB
ID:	322906  
__________________
“After all these years the reason I continue to love Thanksgiving.....I still sit at the kids table.”
RLC


“We were young and knew nothing...now we are old and everyone else knows everything.”
RLC




"Tahawus"
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 05:31 PM   #13
TDF
1 Rivet Member
 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
Fabius , New York
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 11
Blog Entries: 1
Are there any 12v heaters you can recommend? We never have shore power.
TDF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 06:25 PM   #14
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawus"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , Milky Way
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 12,504
Images: 1
The problem with 12v is the amp draw, without a stout battery bank & charge supply you can go flat quick.

Mr Buddy is popular with the Sailing Cruiser crowd.

Bob
🇺🇸
__________________

__________________
“After all these years the reason I continue to love Thanksgiving.....I still sit at the kids table.”
RLC


“We were young and knew nothing...now we are old and everyone else knows everything.”
RLC




"Tahawus"
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Recommendations for portable solar panel kit? jagzoo Generators & Solar Power 37 03-06-2017 09:28 PM
Portable Ice Maker - Recommendations GeeSag General Appliance Topics 7 09-29-2016 04:14 PM
Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater Ray Eklund Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 13 08-31-2016 01:02 AM
Reeling in the Sheaves…. Portable catalytic heater installation hshovic Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 4 10-23-2007 10:14 PM
Portable heater suggestions ALANSD Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 4 11-22-2005 03:54 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.