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Old 02-22-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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We've just bought a new 2011 Cruiser 325CK fifth wheel, without the electric fireplace. We figure to use small space heaters on nights that are a little chilly but not cold enough to fire up the furnace. Anyone else out there use 'em in their trailers? Any recommendations or thoughts. We have a small Pelonis ceramic disk heater at home that draws 12.5 amps and does a good job heating a small area when we're watching TV or some such at home. We figured to use two of those in the trailer to take the chill off. Anybody have any experience with that strategy?



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Old 02-22-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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I use 2 and fireplace and heat our camper down into the teens. The fireplace will heat down to about 25 degrees.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:49 AM   #3
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If you are going to use one in the living area and one in the bedroom area at the same time make sure you check the circuit breaker wiring if you have 50 amp service. On our trailer they had the front outlets and the rear outlets both on breakers on the same 50 amp leg. I moved the front outlet wire to the other 50 amp leg so all the load wasn't on one leg.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:10 AM   #4
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I have one for the bedroom. The fireplace will help in the living room area. I would agree with post above if you plug into the same circuit it will melt the wires. trailer wiring is not like household wiring.



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Old 02-23-2012, 03:55 AM   #5
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I don't think the post above stated anything about melting wires. Check and see if you are putting 2 heaters or more on the same curcuit. The electric servive in your camper is the same as in your house 15 amp has 14 gague wiring 20 amp has 12 gague. If you over load a breaker will trip.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:02 AM   #6
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Thanks much for your replies. Sounds like a couple of small ceramic disk heaters may be the way to go to take the chill off in the living area while watching TV or reading.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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We have one of the oil radiator type heaters in the camper. We find that it is completely quiet, takes just a short time to heat up but gives out a much more even heat as it cycles.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:35 AM   #8
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We have the fireplace in the Back and with a small electric heater in the bedroom we don't really need the furnace. It works well.



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Old 02-23-2012, 01:46 PM   #9
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Ditto on the electric heaters. We have the same as Matt & they kept our RV warm, when the outside temp was 22 degrees. I just sat the furnace on 46 degrees & it never came on, as both heaters cycled all night. I was more worried about the water hose freezing than the heat, but it was ok too.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:24 AM   #10
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We do as BipeFlier does. Used to run two small electric heaters with fans but didn't like the noise. Found a couple of small oil filled radiator type heaters at TruValue for around $25 ea. They're great for cool days and/or evenings watching TV without any fan noise and to keep the chill off overnight. Use one at the front and one at the back. Rarely use the furnace anymore except on a really cold morning for a quick warmup.
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