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Old 02-03-2010, 04:25 PM   #15
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Are you thinking of the extension cord connecting your trailer to power? They are much heavier than a typical extension cord and present no problem.

They are concerned about connecting a 1500W heater to a dollar store cord which is way too small. Such a cord could heat up. If some papers or a a blanket fell on the hot cord it could eventually start a fire.

In your case you should not need a cord of any kind inside the trailer and the one outside is plenty heavy duty.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:25 PM   #16
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Unless it is really cold, we run our Pelonious electric heater at half speed, 750 watts. We aren't worried about the wiring in our 2004 Safari but the heater at 1500 watts is quite hot to the touch. If the temps are in the 50's, half speed on the electric heater keeps the trailer warm enough so the furnace rarely goes on. If temps are below freezing, we run the heater at full power and make sure there is nothing flamable around the electric heater.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:30 PM   #17
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Electrical Codes prohibit any type of extension cord inside your home for resistance heaters. The current draw on electric heaters (and other electrical appliances with resistance elements like toasters, coffee pots) is too high for most home-type extension cords. The high current draw can soften and melt the insulation and create dangerous fire hazard in your home or RV.

Every rule has an exception, and many people survive unsafe things. Increase your chances of survival through safe practices.

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Old 02-11-2010, 11:20 AM   #18
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they always say not to use those types of heaters on an extension cord, so i guess i'm just wondering if there are any issues using one in a 35 year old trailer with 35 year old wires.
Well, if your trailer wiring has any problems that should find them.
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I don't think you would have any occasion to use an extension cord inside a trailer. I think they must have been asking about the cord connecting the trailer to power.

That cord is a special heavy duty one, well up to the job of powering an electric heater. An air conditioner draws way more power than a heater. Not to mention all the other electrical appliances you might use. The electrical system has plenty of capacity for a heater.
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Ganaraska,

We were rallying this past week and saw folks running 50' 14-3 extension cords as extensions beyond their 30' 10-3 power cord. But they monitor for voltage drop and we encouraged them not to pull AC for fridge, space heater, microwave, etc.

Good observation about the short cord distances inside the trailer, and I like your answer.

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Hi,
To my conscience, u need to switch to eco home heaters as they consume less power and they saves your money too...
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