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Old 09-28-2016, 08:33 PM   #1
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Keeping warm?

We went camping the other week and at night it got down to about 40. I purchased an electric heater (Lasko ceramic tower heater) to use in lieu of propane but the circuit breaker kept tripping after about 15 minutes. We switched to propane because I was just nervous about what was going on.

Any suggestions?

I have read that people use heated mattress pads AND electric heaters... But how can the TT handle all of that?

We have a 2007 23b.

PS. I thought about running an extension cord (heavy duty one) from the outside electric tower and through the gap between the Velcro at the bunks to run the electric heater... But wasn't sure if that'd be a good idea either.


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Old 09-28-2016, 08:36 PM   #2
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what was the amp of the breaker ... if you have a true 20 amp cord you should be ok running the heater with it from pedestal
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:38 PM   #3
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Not sure about your unit, but when we run an electric heater in ours, we pick the Low Heat setting. That usually means 600,700 watts. Full bore - they'll usually take all 1500 watts.

I was surprised to see that Electric Blankets are in the 80-120 watt range.

So with a heater on Low and an Electric blanket, you'll be under the 1500 total max.
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We use a small space heater and have not had trouble. Only trouble we have is we can not use the coffee pot and it at the same time.

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If you're cold-weather camping in a hybrid (or pop-up), you can get a set of Pop Up Gizmos (no affiliation), which are basically thermal blankets that strap to the top of the tenting on the bunk ends. Some people also make window inserts out of Reflectix and put them between the tenting and the screens, and all of this helps mitigate the thermal loss through the tenting -- apparently it also helps reduce condensation in cold weather.

Another bonus of going this route is it also works well in hot weather; it reflects the heat away from the interior of the trailer and helps the air conditioning to be more efficient.
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What's the problem using propane? That's what it is there for.


Since you are plugged in, you don't have to worry about the blower running down the battery.
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What's the problem using propane? That's what it is there for.


Since you are plugged in, you don't have to worry about the blower running down the battery.
I would think that if the OP were to use propane that would be at his cost but by using a electric heater it would be at the campgrounds cost provided he is at a site that provides electric.
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I would think that if the OP were to use propane that would be at his cost but by using a electric heater it would be at the campgrounds cost provided he is at a site that provides electric.
Oops, my bad. I keep forgetting about that. I'm so into boondocking that I forget "all the grid power, fresh water and waste water one can use" is included in the site rental fees.
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If you have a 30 Amp service watch your "AMPS". Electric heater @ 12 Amps and if you use your microwave that's 12 Amp and if the WH kicks in on electric that's another 10 Amp. No wonder on CG's when everybody is using a electric heater the voltage goes down. My rule don't be cheap be smart. The cost of propane is inexpensive. My 2c
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PS. I thought about running an extension cord (heavy duty one) from the outside electric tower and through the gap between the Velcro at the bunks to run the electric heater... But wasn't sure if that'd be a good idea either.

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There are many that do it that way and if you do just make sure you have a extension rated to carry the load that you are using.

Use a cord that is either rated for 15 or 20 amps
14 gauge (15A) or 12 gauge (20A) wire
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