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Old 10-01-2016, 07:30 AM   #1
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Electric space heater recommendation?

I've looked at a lot of nice ceramic space heaters to use in the fall and spring until I get around to replacing the propane furnace.

My only hesitation is that most of them seem to be 1500 watts, which is kind of pushing it for a 15 amp circuit.

What are you guys using successfully?
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:59 AM   #2
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We carry 2 1500w space heaters.
The primary heater is a Holmes oscillating automatic heater that we put in the kitchen. It comes on automatically as needed based on its thermostat and on cool nights it keeps the trailer toasty warm.

I cold weather we run a second heater in the bathroom pointed in to the bedroom, it's a basic model with no thermostat so we just leave it on low. The fan helps distribute the heat throughout the trailer.

The bathroom is a different circuit than the kitchen.

So far we haven't tripped a breaker either in the trailer or on the pedestal.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:02 AM   #3
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We have and use two of the small ceramic heaters in our 310TD. (Ive installed a second shore power cord) . I found heaters that have two settings on each, 750w and 1500w, plus a thermostat. I would look for that feature if I were buying a new one. Sorry I dont know the brand but Im pretty sure I bought them off Amazon. Having the lower setting option lets you run them at the same time in different areas of the rig. They do a good job and we have camped in very cold temps. With my second shore power cord I can run them both at the 1500w setting so that helps. 1500w / 120v = 12.5 amps per heater at high setting.

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Important tip, don't let the trailer get cold. The space heater has no problem maintaining a warm trailer but it struggles to heat up a cold trailer. I make sure the heater is turned on before the sun goes down and it starts to cool off, otherwise we'd come in from the campfire to a cold trailer that would take along time to warm up.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:03 AM   #5
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I use a Holmes oscillating heater. I set it up on the kitchen counter (rear kitchen in my Airstream) and let it blow through the Airstream. I open cabinets slightly if it's going to be really cold. Have never had a challenge with tripping breakers. The heater has a thermostat and only cycles on when more heat is needed. The Airstream stays toasty warm.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:05 AM   #6
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I use an inexpensive plug-in voltmeter that stays in a electrical receptacle so I can keep an eye on voltage. If voltage is not too low, the heater's current draw will not overload the circuit. That is, if there are no other heating appliances using the circuit at the time.

Sometimes campground voltage can drop from too much load by other campers during heating and cooling seasons, and your own voltage may drop with the water heater, coffee maker, etc if you have a 30 amp trailer.

We use a Dyson Hot space heater, expensive but distributes the air and maintains steady interior temperature very well, and also useful at home.
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Any heater with a thermostat AND a remote so you don't have to get out of bed to adjust the temp!
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:50 AM   #8
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I found heaters that have two settings on each, 750w and 1500w, plus a thermostat. I would look for that feature if I were buying a new one.

Mike
I second Mike's thought. We have a little Honeywell ceramic heater with low and high power settings; as I recall the low setting is 800 Watts. Got it at Wal-Mart for around $25. It works fine on the low setting and you can still run other loads on the 15 A breaker as long as you don't try to run the coffee pot, hair dryer, or similar.

A 1500 watt heater will work on a 15 A breaker but like you say, it's pushing it--not much else on the circuit.
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heaters

We have a 29 ft. Excella 1989. In the cooler/cold temperatures we run a milkhouse style electric heater that has the small fan built in. The brand is a Rival Titan. It has 2 thermostat settings. It has a tipover feature that shuts it off if it gets tipped over. We can find them at Walmart and most tractor supply stores, like Rural King and Tractor Supply. Some feed stores carry them.
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Old 10-01-2016, 12:47 PM   #10
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We have a 19' Bambi and are on our 2nd AirKing ceramic space heater (model 3DZR7/8945)...the first one still worked after 7 years or so, but it wasn't putting out as much heat ... We really like it's design and capabilities, so we got a new one exactly like the old one... it has fan only, low (900 watts, 3070 BTU) and high (1500 watts, 5118 BTU) settings and it has a thermostat so it comes on and goes off according to ambient temps. It also look great, in grey and silver. Nice hand but in, and is not easily knocked over.

It was about $40...sort of in the middle of what you might expect to pay for a decent heater... We got ours at JET.com but they are available elsewhere.

NOTE: I realize you didn't ask for this option, but for dry camping we use a Mr. Heater Buddy...which runs on propane canisters (or larger propane tank).
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it was about 50* our last night and we ran this little nfl sports helmet 1200w heater in our 23'

warmed it up really nice and only cost about $50
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I use one of the radiator looking ones. It has a 600 watt or 900 watt switch, or use both for 1500 watts. It's quiet and heats fine.
Last spring we were a campground and it got down to 14 degrees. It would have kept the trailer warm enough, but we set the temp lower and the furnace a little higher to circulate heat to the tanks. Just using the furnace that constantly kicks on and off make sleeping for me hard. But the extra space heater supplements well and works great alone over 32 degrees.


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