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Old 05-10-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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WarmWire electric heat?

I have a 1979 Safari that is in the planning stages for a major restoration and renovation. I want the trailer to be habitable in winter conditions in North Dakota / Montana. For primary heating, I was considering running a warmwire under the new flooring. Has anyone ever tried this?
Electric Floor Heating Systems :: Electric Radiant Floor Heat :: Heated Floors from WarmWire.com

My plan is to remove all the furniture and cabinetry and start from scratch. The wire would be installed in a small channel that I could cut into the subfloor. New marmoleum flooring will go on top. The wire could also be run underneath the water tanks to keep them from freezing.

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Old 05-10-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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Carefully consider available square footage and watts per square foot. The problem with in floor heat is usually that there isn't enough of it even in a stick house where the ratio of floor square footage to outside envelope is better.
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On top of the challenge Jammer mentions with the ratio of floor area to skin area exposed to the cold is the fact that our trailers have nothing near the R-factor of even a somewhat poorly-insulated house. Also there's the no-boondocking quality of relying on electric heat... if you're caught out in the cold without 120V hookups and not winterized it would be bad.
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A friend of mine with a Class A loves the electric heated floor, but then it is under ceramic tile. Are you planning on click panels marmoleum or sheet?

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For the marmoleum, I am not sure. I think the snap-panels would be the easiest to install and wouild give the floor a little more stability.
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However, the snap panels are thicker and may serve to insulate the wire instead of transferring the heat.

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For the marmoleum, I am not sure. I think the snap-panels would be the easiest to install and wouild give the floor a little more stability.
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Based on the published power consumption ratings, it looks like you will be using more than 2/3 of your available 30 amps just to power this floor warmer. If you add the power your fridge will consume, and your converter, you'll be maxed out just with those items. If you want to run your microwave or even a toaster, you'll have to turn the system off.
Also, the floor warmer does nothing to keep the holding tanks from freezing. I think this has "bad plan" written on it.
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