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fishfinder

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Posted: 01/02/10 08:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just returned from an ice fishing & camping trip in Central CO. This time, I brought a portable electric heater and got a site with 110V. The electric heater held the camper at 55 degrees overnight on the 1000W setting, even though the outide temp was 11 degrees. We slept great because we never had to listen to the noisy propane heater cycle.

So, I'm now wondering, can I buy a flush mount electric heater to install so I can get the portable heater out of the limited floor space?

BTW, I've done a lot of insulating on this camper which has helped significanly. Also, I always keep one roof vent partially open at night.


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Posted: 01/02/10 09:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dayton and Broan are a couple brand names off the top of my head, I sure there are more. When flush mounting on the wall they need several inches of space behind the wall. A source for them is Graingers, there are several of them located thru out Colorado.

I myself use a Wave 3, but it is not quite flush mounted.

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Posted: 01/02/10 09:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I installed one similar to this one


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Spott beat me to it, but I was going to suggest a Cadet 1500W in-wall heater, but they're a tad harder to find than they used to be. Home Depot only carries the 1000 Watt/120 volt units nowadays.

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Posted: 01/03/10 12:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Spott wrote:

I installed one similar to this one


I looked at the picture of this heater, and it might be possible to mount this on something like the bathroom door, or a cabinet door. Then run the wiring inside to the channle that leads to the circuit breaker box, or a receptacle.

You might also be able to find a flush mount "Kickspace" heater, designed to go under a kitchen cabinet. They are recesed into the kickspace under the cabinet, and are only 4" tall. Some have 500 - 750 and 1,000 watt settings.

While that will not heat your camper enough in 11F weather, along with the portable one, you will be toastey warm. I don't know if they have an automatic thermostat though. You can buy a line voltage thermostat, rated at 120/240 volts for about $40, it fits into a single gang handybox.

I always have 3 heaters with me, so I can turn on the heat as required in different sections of the RV. With two heaters, and a 30 amp service, you would have been toasty warm. I can not sleep below about 60F.

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The Perfectoe by Cadet is the one I installed and it is one of the best mods I've done. I installed it on the stair riser going up to the bath/bedroom. I wired in a dedicated circuit for it, so no worries and it runs all night long. We start the furnace to warm the cold trailer up, then turn it off and the Perfectoe maintains the temperature. I will tell you though that ice houses are insulated better than 99.9% of RVs!!


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Posted: 01/03/10 07:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are these units more durable than the portable heaters? I've found after 3 or 4 years of use the portables don't seem to get as hot or the fan gets very noisy. I'd hate to put in a built-in and it fail a few years later [emoticon]


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Posted: 01/03/10 07:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I dont have one,... but I like the flatness of one like this. Eco-heater 602 High-Efficiency Electric Panel Whole-Room Heater


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Posted: 01/03/10 08:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All,
Thanks for the great suggestions and links.

It looks like the Broan model #170 (1000W) is my favorite. The dimension are just right for available space that I have, and it has the thermostat built-in.

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I got a Broan 1500 watt model. Have used it in about a dozen ambulances over the years. The 1500 watt model is same physical size as 1000 watt, I think. The 1500 is actually 2--750 watt heat strips. I installed a switch and have 750 or 1500 whichever I want.
Also the portable heaters do get weak on output after a year or so but these don't.
Get the mounting kit as it controls the amount of cold air getting to the thermostat from the back.
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