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Posted: 11/29/19 11:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rvshrinker wrote:

the shore cord is outside, wouldn't the inverter be inside? How do you connect them?
Ok, I guess you must have a socket on the outside of your coach with a removable cable. Is there a hole somewhere you can use? My inverter is wired directly to the 120v panel.

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Have you tried non-electric solutions? Self heating options like sherpa, plush, microfiber, etc.

I have an electric mattress pad at home. In the campers, I have good quality microfiber sheets (Cosy House 1500 or 1800 series), plush blankets, and faux fur/sherpa comforters. They provide a self heating bed - holding my body heat in. And the microfiber sheets don't get as cold as cotton, so you don't have a major shock if you move your feet around during the night. You can also try a sherpa mattress pad (unheated).

If you are going right from driving to bed, a 12v electric throw blanket would work to heat the bed. But it won't keep the bed warm all night. And if you don't go right to bed, you'll have to go back to the vehicle at bedtime, start it up, warm the blanket and rush it to the bed. Not really practical long term.


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I think she’d be happy with something that warms up the bed before she gets in. Doesn’t need something all night.

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Non-powered solution. Get a memory foam topper (you could get twin for her side only) and it holds body heat. Keeps me toasty on the coldest of nights. Flannel sheets are a plus too.

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My twelve volt electric blanket draws 5 amps. No problem running it all night on a battery--but one needs a way to recharge the next day.


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If you want to stick with a 12v mattress heater, I see no reason why you couldn’t use one or two of the Electrowarmth twin sized bunk warmers. They aren’t fitted like a typical bottom sheet, they just cover the top of the mattress. One could be layed down the middle, and that might provide enough of a warm spot for two. Or, lay it across the mattress, either in the foot area or the chest area. The bunk warmer is 60” long, and a standard queen mattress is 60” wide.

Another thing I’ve considered doing is buying two of the bunk warmers, and sewing them together to make a dual zone queen mattress heater. It would be wider than a queen mattress, so you’d have 5-6 inches hanging down each side, but as long as you don’t overlap them I don’t see that as a problem. I’d probably start with one and see if that would work. They’ll work best if you still use a heavy blanket or comforter on the bed, otherwise the heat just rises off the pad and the mattress never gets really warm.

They claim a 6.2 amp current draw on the 12v bunk warmers, which is probably accurate since my queen size warmer draws about 7 amps. They cycle off/on even on the highest setting though, so the actual current draw is more like 50% of that. You probably won’t want it on the highest setting while sleeping.

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Thanks everyone. Again only she needs something, not me, and only until she gets in bed, not all night. She just doesn't want to get into a Cold bed. So the question is if this will work off grid for an hour in the evening for several nights in a row without draining much of our battery.

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You shouldn't even need a full hour. Either the mattress pad or an electric throw will heat up within a few minutes. Turn it on when she goes to change for bed and it will be warmed. The throw blanket will be less expensive and can be used in the vehicle also.

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My 120 volt one works fine on a cheap Harbor Freight modified sine wave inverter. I run it for about half an hour before getting into bed. I rarely use it while sleeping. Only if it's super cold out.

When I get up to pee in the middle of the night, I turn it on so the bed will be warm when I come back [emoticon].


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Hi Naio,

I think you got lucky. Many electric blankets won't tolerate a MSW inverter. It may let out the magic blue smoke.

Heating pads are a different beast and often work with MSW.

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My 120 volt one works fine on a cheap Harbor Freight modified sine wave inverter. I run it for about half an hour before getting into bed. I rarely use it while sleeping. Only if it's super cold out.

When I get up to pee in the middle of the night, I turn it on so the bed will be warm when I come back [emoticon].


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