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Old 12-30-2018, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default Heating for 37 foot Gulf Stream Sun Voyager

What the best electric heater to use in your motor home that does not create your electrical outlet to get hot. I don't use the one I have that much but I'm looking at trying not to use the LP tank for the furnace. Has anyone used those's radiator type looking heaters that you see at wal mart? Thanks
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:11 PM   #2
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We have an oil filled radiator type heater that we run in the kitchen/living room area.I also run the propane if ity's below zero for more than just a night. That is the only way to heat the tanks and water lines for shower and kitchen.


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Old 12-31-2018, 06:07 AM   #3
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We run one of those electric radiators too. You just have to make sure you don't plug it into a circuit that you have another heating appliance plugged into. If you run the toaster on the same circuit as the heater you could blow a breaker.
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:54 AM   #4
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We are doing the same as @Sudsy and @Restorium

It's a DeLonghi Safeheat 1200 watt model (common for Coach use) on the floor at the Living Rm/Kitchen border and on Low unless temps get below 35F.

Also have a Honeywell HT-800 fan on the floor about 5 feet away from the heater and angled up slightly running on low. The fan is in the front of the Coach pushing air towards the back.

Our Coach's floor plan has a clear path in the center from front to back, no L-Shape kitchen cabinet.

If temps go near or a few under freezing, I'll put the DeLonghi on High or Medium and bump up the thermostat on that heater. We have a ceramic heater with thermostat in the main bay and a 60 watt bulb with temp controlled outlet (to engage at 35F) in the Wet bay for backup. Two separate 20 amp circuits from the house, one for the Coach's main connection and one going to the basement/wet bay heat.

If temps go under the mid-upper 20F, I turn on the Coach's furnace.

We also keep both roof vents cracked open, all window blinds up a few inches and the front privacy curtains open.

I have a temperature and humidity monitoring system that is connected via WiFi. I can monitor the temps on my phone (4 locations - living, bedroom, basement, wet bay) and I get alerts.

Our Coach is parked in our yard and we have not been winterizing it.

We are in Western Washing, South Puget Sound.

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Old 01-06-2019, 12:11 PM   #5
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As the rest of the folks above, I use an electric oil filled radiator as my "winterization set up" along with a dehumidifier (I live in western Washington, high humidity and the resultant mold, rot, etc is a thing). I generally leave the radiator set at low, and the dehumidifier set for 30%, then let both run all winter except when we're actually using the rig (yes we take it out all year round)
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and the dehumidifier set for 30%
Morrigan, which Dehumidifier model do you use?

Do you keep your roof vent(s) open?

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Old 01-06-2019, 12:28 PM   #7
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No, I keep the roof vents closed, and we use an LG brand, placed on the counter of our GS Conquest 34 footer, with a hose ran to the sink. I don't fill up the gray water tank with this, so it saves me having to go up and dump the tank every three days.
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yes, that is why I was curious on what specific model you had.

I want to add one that will sit on the counter. The Frigidaire's are rated high, great reviews but I still think even the 30 Pint model is too hall for counter use (and it has casters that may no be able to be removed.

I can keep the level just under 50-60% with the setup, sometimes the bedroom will go over 60% so adding one that sits on the kitchen counter near the sink would be good.


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I don't feel like running up to the back forty right now, but it's the LG rated for 1500 Cubic feet or so, stands about 3.5 foot high, has casters (as a result you have to take it down and stow it, when driving) With all the doors open and the kitchen being in the middle of the coach, it keeps the whole place dry enough to keep mold from forming.
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Old 01-06-2019, 05:12 PM   #10
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We have been using our two heat pumps that come with our coach. They are AC/heat pump. Instead of buying a oil burner and taking a chance of getting killed, invest on an AC/heatpump unit. They are great!
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