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Old 12-06-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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heater in basement area

Hey everyone, Iam working in Oklahoma and got stranded here during the ice and snow storm. Its going to get to near zero here tonight and I bought a very small ceramic heater and put it in the basement area.
I was wondering if anyone could share some tips they have about staying in your RV in extremely cold weather.I have been doing this for several years but this may be the coldest night yet.
I use a pirit heated water hose and since I purchased the new model I have had no problems with it. Does anyone else have one of these?
Electrical system in my 305sk leaves alot to be desired when you want to run a couple space heaters.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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I understand that the infrared heaters don't draw as much electric as other space heaters. It probably isn't much help to you at this point though.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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A heated mattress pad is absolutely wonderful. Most have a Preheat that is really nice when you jump in. After a cold day of working, it is so cozy.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:48 PM   #4
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Is it the ceramics that only heat your body ?!? you want good old fashioned HEAT in your basement and I'd open the access doors from the basement to the under carriage in THIS cold !

May be too late for tonight (we are going down to 17 in dfw !)
but a well hung 200 watt bulb that CAN'T touch anything in the basement will do wonders...

and you DO want to run your furnace and just use electrical heaters as a supplemental - not worth frozen pipes and sewer to save a buck's worth of propane for this cold !

open all bathroom, closet, and cabinet doors to warm as much area as possible !
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Iused a very small 750 watt heaterr and had it turned down very low and it was still 60 degrees in the baggage area this morning. nothing frozen in or out.
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...200 watt bulb that CAN'T touch anything in the basement will do wonders...
Now that brought back memories of trying to keep our car engines from freezing in CO when I lived there. No garage and it was COLD. But it worked!
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Had a four cyl English Ford in the 60's. Never started below 30 degrees so I missed a few early morning college classes. "Borrowed" my girlfriends sunlamp and never missed another class. There was an outlet in the garage we used not sure who paid that bill!
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Hey everyone, Iam working in Oklahoma and got stranded here during the ice and snow storm. Its going to get to near zero here tonight and I bought a very small ceramic heater and put it in the basement area.
I was wondering if anyone could share some tips they have about staying in your RV in extremely cold weather.I have been doing this for several years but this may be the coldest night yet.
I use a pirit heated water hose and since I purchased the new model I have had no problems with it. Does anyone else have one of these?
Electrical system in my 305sk leaves a lot to be desired when you want to run a couple space heaters.
To say the electrical system leaves a lot to be desired is a gross understatement. From what I can tell every outlet in the living/kitchen area is on the same breaker. Found out by running a coffee pot and electric heater plugged into outlet over stove. No problem moved heater to outlet in slide, same thing. Outlets at the rear also on the same circuit. It's going to make me revisit my idea of a small electric fireplace under the TV.
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Now that brought back memories of trying to keep our car engines from freezing in CO when I lived there. No garage and it was COLD. But it worked!
Actually saw that first used when I went to work on construction jobs with my uncle during the college breaks....

first thing they would do on a new job site is take some 3/4 plywood and make a box about 1x1x2 or 2 feet.... put a few shelves in it and a 200 watt bulb in the bottom....

we'd bring FROZEN tv dinners to work @ 7 am and by noon they were piping hot

(why I'm going to change all my 5'ers bulbs to led before summer !!!)
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I just run a 12 ga. extension cord through the kitchen slide seal just before fully open and plug it into the 20 amp recepticle on the post. I use this to run one heater than run another off the trailer circuits. Keeps from throwing the breakers in the trailer.
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Clif,

I hear you! I would think that it wouldnt be very hard to split the outlets in the living area into 2 breakers. I guess that they dont intend for anyone to really use their camper.
I did run a cord from the pedestal inside the baggage for that heater, because the baggage area outlet is on the same breaker with the bathroom and bedroom!
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My Crossroads Washington is wired for washer/dryer with two separare plugs. I use these outlets to run electric heaters with extension cords.
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We had an electrician put a small weather proof breaker box under our bumper on our Paradise Point 36RL that goes to new outlets in the RV - one 15-amp breaker per outlet. One GFI outlet near the bathroom sink (hair dryer) or heater at night), one under the dining table (heater or electric convection oven), One near the stove (another heater.) It plugs into the 35-amp source at the post. Before doing this, with electric heaters running, we were having to turn off heaters to make toast, brew coffee... Also my wife seemed to always pop the breaker with her hair dryer.
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