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eodguy2

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Thanks for input. I got to thinking, not sure if some pipes run underneath for some of the length of trailer or not. Sorry its jayco jayfeather exp 232.

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Chuck_S wrote:

Electric heat is inefficient compared to your furnace, but there should be a never ending supply of electricity when plugged in compared to the limits of your LP tanks.


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I believe I've heard these furnaces are around +/-60% efficient compared to 100% for an electric heater so I'd go with the electric if it's sittin' in the driveway compared to burning propane.


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If you're just trying to prevent freezing electric will be fine. If you want to keep warm you'll probably need the furnace.

I'm talking about efficiency as how much heat can I get.

In a camper 5000 BTU electric heater at maxed out at 15 amps is much less efficient than 19,000 BTU from the furnace at producing heat, the object of the exercise. Heating a house by electricity is less efficient than with gas. My daughter's "first apartment" (she just started grad school) has electric heat. Have to see how she controls the cost in Bloominging, IN.

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Posted: 10/20/11 04:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In a side note to winter/cold weather camping, furnaces are great at bringing the inside temp up in a hurry but once there the nice even always on heat of the electric heaters will keep a decently insulated camper warm well into -20C/-4F without any trouble at all with only the occassional help from the propane furnace. My very real world experience.

Just saying.

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This is a part of our fall "routine". We, too, are forecast for 28 - 32 degrees here in West TN tonight. Simple process.....we set up one of the electric ceramic heaters to about 60 degrees, open all the cabinet doors, take water pressure off simply by opening the faucets until no more water comes out and then close them up. We always have a few cold snaps before we're actually ready to winterize and this works like a charm.

PS - Don't forget the bathroom vanity door and leave the bathroom door open for more circulation. You'll be fine.


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Like Shum we supplement the furnace with a 15 amp electric heater when camping. Once the cabin is warmed up the heater continues to run while the furnace rarely kicks on.

In the driveway the heater works fine by itself to keep the interior above freezing.

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I won't leave a space heater unattended in a MH. It's an accident waiting to happen. If I am using one for a chilly day, I unplug it if I have to leave the MH no matter if its a few minutes.


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rockhillmanor wrote:

I won't leave a space heater unattended in a MH. It's an accident waiting to happen. If I am using one for a chilly day, I unplug it if I have to leave the MH no matter if its a few minutes.


Why?

Most every unit I have has themal breakers,tip over switches and is protected from shorting by your breakers.

If your serioulsy worried about electric fan heaters get a baseboard or oil filled unit.

As a note CLEAN all of these on a regular basis as well. Cleaning goes a long way toward extending their life and making sure they operate correctly. This is especially true if you have a lot of pet hair/dander in the unit.

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shum02 wrote:

rockhillmanor wrote:

I won't leave a space heater unattended in a MH. It's an accident waiting to happen. If I am using one for a chilly day, I unplug it if I have to leave the MH no matter if its a few minutes.


Why? FOR SAFETY REASONS!

Most every unit I have has themal breakers,tip over switches and is protected from shorting by your breakers.
Thought the same too, Check my thread out about the one I just bought!
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseac........d/25497950/gotomsg/25499431.cfm#25499431

If your seriously worried about electric fan heaters get a baseboard or oil filled unit. I have an oil filled unit, and still will not leave it unattended. Neighbor was a fireman....I've heard it all about space heaters and I just prefer not to have me or my 'go up in a ball of flames in a second' MH become a statistic.


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