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Posted: 01/14/21 06:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone run a wall mount electric heater? What about the ones that look like a glade plug in?

We've got an 18' travel trailer we'd like to keep warm in the spring/fall. The Gas furnace is just too powerful in my opinion. Its either 75/80 degrees inside or off. The campers too small for the gas furnace. It warms it up nice and quick when we want it warm. At 2am we wake up in a sauna.

The last couple seasons ive been using a cheap duraflame heater i picked up for $20 or so at TSC. It works well but its always in the way. Something on the wall would be great as an 18' camper has its own storage issues.

Just curious if anyone else has this problem. Input is appreciated.

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ZINGERLITE wrote:

What about the ones that look like a glade plug in?


Those little direct plug in heaters are very low wattage and probably wouldn't keep the RV warm enough.

Analog RV Thermostats aren't very good at regulating temperature. If that's what you have for your furnace, consider switching to a digital model.

I show how I did it in this video

A few months later I upgraded to a Bluetooth model


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deltabravo wrote:

ZINGERLITE wrote:

What about the ones that look like a glade plug in?


Those little direct plug in heaters are very low wattage and probably wouldn't keep the RV warm enough.

Analog RV Thermostats aren't very good at regulating temperature. If that's what you have for your furnace, consider switching to a digital model.

I show how I did it in this video

A few months later I upgraded to a Bluetooth model


Agree 100% on a digital T-stat, much better temperature control.

Something to consider depending on the layout of your trailer, is a toe kick electric heater in a 600 to 1,500 watt size.

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Depending on your furnace and A/C models, there are much lower cost options than the Coleman thermostats. My Honeywell 7-day programmable digital stats were less than $25 each at Home Depot.


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One of the small Pelonis ceramic disk cube heaters works well. Safer than an exposed flame heat source and no CO. Mine is maybe 8"x8"x8" and I never find it to be in the way. It's easily moved to whatever area you are in. We also have a Vornado heater that heats very well too. They come in a couple sizes. I find we use the Vornado more than anything else when I don't want to turn on the furnace.

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Lots of good info already. It sounds like i should ditch the analog thermostat for a digital one and try again.

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ken56 wrote:

One of the small Pelonis ceramic disk cube heaters works well. Safer than an exposed flame heat source and no CO. Mine is maybe 8"x8"x8" and I never find it to be in the way. It's easily moved to whatever area you are in. We also have a Vornado heater that heats very well too. They come in a couple sizes. I find we use the Vornado more than anything else when I don't want to turn on the furnace.


OP stated that he has a small Duraflame portable electric hearer and it is always in the way.
I don't like them, because of using the cheap RV outlets with a high draw appliance.

Our toilet room gets cold when it is below 40 outside, I have looked at piping heat from our furnace in there, but would loose basement space. I may get a 600 watt toe kick heater and place under a set of drawers in the toilet room.

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Make sure any digital thermostat has a battery. I had some plug in ones that every time the power was off required resetting. The default setting was "off".

I prefer small oil filled heaters.


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ZINGERLITE wrote:

We've got an 18' travel trailer we'd like to keep warm in the spring/fall. The Gas furnace is just too powerful in my opinion. Its either 75/80 degrees inside or off. The campers too small for the gas furnace. It warms it up nice and quick when we want it warm. At 2am we wake up in a sauna.
I think you may have a thermostat issue. Or you need to drop it down another 5-10 degrees for sleeping. Location of the thermostat could be an issue.


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When we had our trailer I bought a ceramic heater and fastened it to the wall by the bed. It looked like a piece of floor tile, about 16"x16", about 3/8" thick. Took the chill out of the BR area. Had always considered buying a couple more to put throughout the trailer, but gave the trailer to daughter. The heater got hot-you could put your hand on it and not get burned-but it was a little uncomfortable. I bet 2 or three of these throughout the camper would make the area comfortable on chilly nights, but you probably couldn't heat it if it were in the 20-30s area. No fan or moving parts, just looks like a piece of floor tile.


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