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Old 09-25-2012, 05:03 AM   #1
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The last few mornings it has been around 50 degrees and I have turned on the gas heater in the camper. I think I will buy ann electric heater this winter so we won't use so much L.P. Size (physical size and heating ability) and safety are factors, anyone have one they like? I figure to use it to supplement the campers heat only.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:41 AM   #2
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I have used a small 1500 watt $20 unit from Walmart for years. Very happy with it. There are many more expensive ones available but none will be more than 1500 watts.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:17 AM   #3
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We have two we use. One we picked up at Costco for $59 that has a radiant dish design that works fantastic. It's quiet and throws out plenty of heat to warm the place up nicely. We also have a Mr. Heater Big Buddy that runs off propane which is great for when you don't have electricity.

p.s. that picture is just a similar type and not the real deal
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We have a Mr. Heater as well and I love it! It heats up the camper so fast, it's ridiculous. I ran it quite a bit over the weekend and it only used about 1/3 of the propane canister. Ours is just a "Little" Buddy, but it packs quite a punch. Great for non-electric camping.
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Quahog, Do you keep it off the floor? I assume Buddy is a dog haha, I say this because we have a dog named Buddy, and 2 other small dogs. I guess it has a safety switch in case it gets knocked over.

Chuck I can't see the picture, what is the model? We may go out today and look.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:39 AM   #6
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This is what we use. IMO the best. http://www.vornado.com/product.aspx?...5-9ac100a8a59e

Shop around and they can be bought at bargains on the net.
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I highly recommend one that has a safety switch where if it gets knocked over it will shut off. These little heaters really heat things up and you don't want the wrong thing getting to hot.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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Once you decide on, and buy, the electric heater of your choosing, here's my recommended way of setting it up:

First, set the thermostat of the electric heater for the desired temperature. Then set the propane furnace's thermostat so it comes on a few degrees below that of the electric heater. The trick here is to have the propane furnace come on to provide additional heat during those times when the electric heater is unable to maintain the desired temperature by itself.

I've used this technique for years and have always been comfortable.
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Our heater has an oscillating setting plus a digital thermostat. I put it on the floor and set it for 50-ish degrees or so and set the furnace to a cooler setting. In my experience it keeps the TT warm enough and the furnace never runs. In the morning I will bump up the thermostat a few degrees to warm things up a bit before we get up for the day. Works great. As Grunge sugggests it has a safety switch that shuts things off if it tips.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:59 AM   #10
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We use an oil filled radiator type heater for cold nights.
Really safe - and works great. Furnace never comes on.
Never a worry about fire, etc.
I think it's the best electric heater solution for a trailer.

Example Heater at Amazon
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