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What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:01:15 AM »
The DW and I have started full-timing in our 26 ft, class C (B+) and are going to live in S.W.Ohio for the winter. I want to add an electric heater and see most people use a ceramic disk heater and I was wondering what brand you recommend.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 09:28:20 AM »
Here is the heater I have been using for the last two years. I am very happy with it. I have knocked it over a dozen times and it still works:

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 09:36:58 AM »
We use one of the small "cube" heaters; about six inches in size and 1, 500W maximum. It's been going strong for over 15 years now.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 12:57:17 PM »
Buy a plug in at Walmart for less than $20 with a thermostat.  Mine has lasted for years. It will keep a 30 degree differential on a 28' class c

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2013, 01:11:58 PM »
On Tom's recommendation I purchased the Lasko he recommended, and it does everything he said it would. I like it a lot and may purchase a 2nd this fall.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2013, 03:34:51 PM »
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On Tom's recommendation I purchased the Lasko he recommended, and it does everything he said it would. I like it a lot and may purchase a 2nd this fall.





We use Lasko, and I have 2 of them. If you run them on low (900 watts), you can plug them into two different outlets on two different circuits and not be in a position to maybe overload a single circuit. Also, you then have 1800 watts of heating as opposed to a single heater running at 1500 watts on high.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2013, 04:25:17 PM »
The thing I like the best about the Lasko is the remote control. I didn't think I would use it but it does come in handy.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2013, 06:41:22 PM »
We use "Big Heat" which is a small cube-type heater but does a good job.  We even keep one in the bathroom at home for quick warming on chilly mornings.  We bought ours at Camping World.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2013, 10:44:30 AM »
Thanks for the reply's and tips.  ;)

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2013, 05:02:40 PM »
For the past 4 winters I have used a cylindrical ceramic heater in my 28 foot Class C. It has 2 settings for 800 watts and 1500 watts.

I chose this model because it takes up very little room (about 7 inches diameter) and rotates. It's quiet, it's powerful. It's easy to store in the summer.

Comfort Zone Citadel Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater
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I also have two 200 watt teeny tiny ceramic heaters, one is installed in the bathroom year round though I only need it in the winter. The other one I just move around to where ever I want it. It will make your feet super cozy or I have used it to keep the bedroom warm.

Personal Ceramic Heater by Lasko
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2013, 05:23:15 PM »
I have a collection of electric haters.. I look to make sure they are over temp and tip over protected.. I test the tip over first thing. (Some of 'em shut off if you pick them up) and if they pass...

Not really a lot to recommend the hundred dollar one over the 25 dollar one.

Some folks like big bulky things about teh size of an end table that cost hundreds of dollars.. Again, you get the same amount of heat from a 1500 watt heater no matter who made it or how much you paid for it.  Power factors and things like that simply do not apply.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2013, 09:39:40 AM »
Had an interesting conversation with some of the neighbors here in the park where we are staying. They stay here year round and are not looking forward to winter although they have been through it before.

Most of their rigs are not suitable for year round use. They augment their heating needs with electric heaters, relying mostly on propane. This park doesn't have propane available nor do the local propane companies deliver/fill RV tanks on site. You have to take your bottles or your MH to them to get them filled. That's fine for those with TT and 5rs but the MH is difficult when the roads are snow covered and icy. So they have had to purchase separate portable tanks...80 or 100 pounders to supplement.

The owner of the park got a huge surprise in his electric bill last winter. Seems one of his guests didn't have a working LP furnace in their TT so they used several large electric heaters. The cost of electricity was more than what he was renting the site for on a monthly basis...he has since made sure that his renters aren't doing that!
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2013, 10:06:06 AM »
I am soley relying on electric heat in my little 5th wheel. But I wanted totally silent and very safe, so I chose to use what I was familiar with from Alaska, and use a oil filled radiator. It is NOT quick heat, but it is warm, dry and totally safe and quiet. It is also very efficient and a low user of electricity.

The down side is it is slow to heat a room, but once going has kept me livable down to 12 degrees below and many times to zero.

In Alaska we use these as room heaters simply because they draw very little amperage. Critical when you are running on generators.

This is the one I have: Click HERE!


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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2013, 12:48:58 PM »
We use one Lasko and one oil filled heater, and have been very happy with both. Quiet oil filled in bedroom, and Lasko in living area with its remote bedside if we need to adjust or turn off.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2013, 07:04:09 PM »
Many overhead AC units can have an optional heat strip installed. Something to look into. Then it's one less thing to trip over in a Class C.

I don't envy you staying in Ohio for the winter, so many warmer places with good rates and no snow.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2013, 08:07:39 PM »
We had heat strips in an early Pace Arrow but if they didn't come with the unit I would recommend spending your money on a small 1500 watt heater.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2013, 09:23:05 AM »
We were in West Virginia last month and it was cold enough that it snowed.  Bought a 1500W oscillating Lasko Tower and my son - who we were visiting or we wouldn't have been up there in the first place -  brought over one of his $20 Patton Utility Heaters.  We used the Lasko in the bedroom/bath area and his Patton the living area.  The furnace rarely came on and we were comfortable.  The Patton pushed out more heat than the Lasko, though it is a bit noisier, so we bought one.  We use the Lasko most nights in the bedroom and add the Patton in the living area when it is really cold.  It works for us.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2013, 10:49:07 AM »
We've been using this one for a couple of seasons. It works well for a fairly large room.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/oscillating-ceramic-heater/27289
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2013, 05:43:35 PM »
Looks like ACE Hardware has the same heater for about$30.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2013, 12:06:29 PM »
We have a couple of the inexpensive ceramic heaters, work great.  For full timing though, I think those oil filled units would be great.  We have used one in the stick house to supplement heat in cooler areas for years.  Once up to temp, they sure do produce even, constant heat quietly, with low amp draw.  As we start using the unit more and more in potentially cooler temps.... I think that oil filled unit in the house is going to make it's way to the 5Ver......
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2013, 02:34:20 PM »
Again, thanks for all the info.

I purchased disk furnace from Camping World which provides plenty of heat in our RV, safe, and can't be knocked over:

http://www.campingworld.com/search/index.cfm?Ntt=ceramic+disk+heater&N=0&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=primary&Nty=1&Ntpc=1&Ns=p_sort_default

We also found we had a lot of moisture in the RV so we also purchased a dehumidifier at Home Depot:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-30-Pint-Dehumidifier-ADEL30LR/203661853#.UokiqeIs3fM

I have found that it removes from 1 to 2 gallons of water a day from the air. That makes the coach much more comfortable, and seems to reduce the amount of heat needed to make the air warm, stopped all the condition on and around the windows, and stopped the moisture that was building up under our cab headliner. I highly suggest anyone full timing to invest in one.

Another thing we did was to purchase an "Extend-a-Stay Kit", and a 40lb propane tank to run our furnace.

And to top it all off, we have moved to southern Oregon coast, and so far the coldest night we have had has been 41 degs (F). From what I see, I think it has gone down to 27 degs (F) where we were in Ohio, a big differenc in an RV. We have family and friends here and we really like it here. When my DW totaled our car, got discussed at work and quit her job, it was a no brain-er to move here and enjoy life. We can see the ocean from our RV, and we are in a really nice park.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2013, 05:46:36 PM »
I see I'm too late for you, but for others who might be considering...
 We used the small cube ceramic heaters the first winter but went through propane nearly as fast as without them so I began looking for an alternative. My research led me to the Vornado line of heaters out of Kansas. They have all the safety features, and they work far superior to anything else I have ever owned. The furnace rarely if ever kicks on so hardly any propane use. They are a bit pricey but when they have a problem, call Vornado and they give you a UPS label to ship it back to them for repair and ship it to wherever you are, all free of charge/hassle. We use 3 of them in a 40'. Your mileage may vary...
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2013, 11:33:09 AM »
Check out the latest issue of Trailer Life, it has an article about adding an electric heating element into your propane furnace so you can run it on electricity or LP. Reduces clutter and the need to secure more "stuff" before switching to travel mode. If we find ourselves spending more time in cold climates, its something I will probably do to one of my furnaces.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2013, 12:26:39 PM »
Check out the latest issue of Trailer Life, it has an article about adding an electric heating element into your propane furnace so you can run it on electricity or LP. Reduces clutter and the need to secure more "stuff" before switching to travel mode. If we find ourselves spending more time in cold climates, its something I will probably do to one of my furnaces.


The issue I have with this is that we use a cube electric heater because of the noise of the furnace. The furnace noise comes from the motor which would still have to run to provide circulation.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2013, 04:31:21 PM »

The issue I have with this is that we use a cube electric heater because of the noise of the furnace. The furnace noise comes from the motor which would still have to run to provide circulation.
Understand the furnace noise vs cube quiet.  However, this does make me wonder (something to tinker with) if the furnace will run with the propane turned off.  The reason is... If the furnace will continue to run (cycle air), placing a ceramic heater in front of the furnace air intake should allow draw of warm air from the electric heater and distribute warm air past the tanks just like normal operation.  Anyway, I'll give this a try for the heck of it.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #25 on: December 25, 2013, 08:36:34 PM »
I forgot to mention that about the Vornado's. They are virtually silent. Much quieter than even the cubes. Do not have to adjust the tv volume at all like when the cubes were on and even worse with the furnace. Something else I forgot, if you put your hand right in front of them, you can hardly tell they are making heat, yet they warm a room like gangbusters. Some kind of weird technology, but pets and people are safe if they are right next to or touching the front of the heater.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #26 on: December 25, 2013, 08:49:16 PM »
Understand the furnace noise vs cube quiet.  However, this does make me wonder (something to tinker with) if the furnace will run with the propane turned off.  The reason is... If the furnace will continue to run (cycle air), placing a ceramic heater in front of the furnace air intake should allow draw of warm air from the electric heater and distribute warm air past the tanks just like normal operation.  Anyway, I'll give this a try for the heck of it.

I think lot of the space heater energy will be wasted keeping the heat exchanger and the firebox warm. Wouldn't cold air from the furnace side of the blower just cool the heat exchanger and blow it out the flue?

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #27 on: December 26, 2013, 02:55:11 PM »
I think lot of the space heater energy will be wasted keeping the heat exchanger and the firebox warm. Wouldn't cold air from the furnace side of the blower just cool the heat exchanger and blow it out the flue?

Bill
Not sure.. Will let you know when I give it a try!  I'm not even sure the blower will stay on without the actual furnace operation.
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #28 on: December 27, 2013, 11:54:12 PM »
Not sure.. Will let you know when I give it a try!  I'm not even sure the blower will stay on without the actual furnace operation.


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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #29 on: December 28, 2013, 12:51:22 AM »
I put an electric fireplace in the cupboard in my bedroom that is supposed to hold a TV and has a slide out tray.  I don't watch TV but now I can watch the fire.  The fireplace really takes the chill out of the air back there. ( I am currently parked in upstate NY. ). I bought a Duraflame brand on sale at Lowes for $59. - 1500 watt 4600 BTU heats up to 400SF.   
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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2014, 11:47:28 AM »
I know some have said that the heat strips you add to the A/C heat pumps don't work well- and they are called chill chaser, but I added them to my 2 heat pump units, and stayed comfortable. We have been in the Newport Oregon area for 4 weeks and then in Couer D Alene Idaho for 2 weeks. They will not bring the temperature up in a cold motor very fast. They are rated at 1600 watts 5600 Btus each. The air coming out is 8- 10 degrees warmer than the going into the vent. I wish it was possible to run the fan on low when running electric heat but with my set up its not, so the 8-10 degrees differential is with the fan in high. It is noisy ,same as running the AC but it does move the air around in the motorhome, so the temperature in the motorhome is more evenly distributed. Once the temperature dropped into the mid teens then I had a portable 1500 watt Broan electric heater I plugged in. We kept the temperature at 68 degrees. So you can get some pretty useful heat from them and still be able to use your inside receptacle for more heaters if you need them. The only propane I used was for cooking.
The two real negatives are I couldnt run the fans on low.
And you have to wait for the heat pump control to switch from heat pump to heat strips. It would be better if you could choose heat strips rather than wait.

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2014, 07:39:24 PM »
Pelonis Cube  for me.  Worth the $ because it  is not on/off.  It is always running adjusting its own heat and volume to the temp. you set.  Seems more efficient than the cheapos I have had.  Keeps my main room at a constant temp w/o highs and lows. 28' class A

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Re: What brand/type electric heater to use for full timing?
« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2014, 01:24:42 PM »
I use an assortment of CUBE heaters starting with The world's smallest space heater (That is what it says on the box) Which I just put in ye-old wet bay because.. Well it's supposed to get cold so I added it to the strings of lights already living there.  And I'll replace a few BOB's tomorrow (Burned out Bulbs).

I just got a 20 dollar ceramic at Wally World (Bit less actually)

What I really wanted but.. Alas, takes more gas than I hav e to get it, is a small 1500 watt electric "Fireplace" that Camping world has on sale just now.. (Or I could get it at ACE perhaps but they are closed today).  About 50 or 60 bucks, it is about the size of the screen on this firepl..er, computer (Yes there is a fireplace app for Win-8.x Nice Cracleling fire, no heat though).

I'm running FOUR 1500 watt heaters this week, Normally that's 3 + a spare but this week all 4 will be needed.. And I may add propane to the mix too.
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