Heated mattress pads. Where to find them?

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  1. ulicip

    ulicip New Member

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    Well I just bought an 89 Coleman Newport (paid a whole $200 for it but it needs recanvasing) and as I'm trying to introduce my wife and kids to camping (she has never been and freaks out from the most minor inconveniences) and I don't want her first experience to be a disaster.
    One big concern will be staying warm while conserving power at the same time. From the efficiency point of view it seems to me that heating mattress pads might be one of the best ways to keep warm at night and not use a whole lot of power, but do I'm not finding the ones that are meant for 12 V use, only the regular 110V home use ones. Is that what people use in their PU?
    I'm also thinking about getting maybe a Mr. Heater or some other small heater.
     
  2. jhower

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    I've seen a lot of 12 volt fleece travel blankets but not mattress pads. Fleetwood and the other manufacturers, of course, buy directly from the manufacturer and may be having them made special. You may be able to buy neated mattresses from an RV dealer, but they're likely to be really pricey.

    A good and much cheaper alternative would be to cut reflextic to fit under the mattresses and use a 1500 watt ceramic heater. The reflextic will insulate under the mattress and keep you a lot warmer. The little ceramic heaters do a great job.


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  3. Yellowkayak

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    Mattress pads are 110V and need shore power. If you find a 12V blanket, it will probably drain your battery quickly. I'd use elelctric blankets from Wal-Mart, they are on sale right now from the winter clearance. They plug right into our outlet in our popup, using shore power.



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  4. Fairweathercamper

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    We use a sleeping bag rated for 40 degrees. We live in Florida.
    We woke up on the second morning of our last trip and found it to be 56 degrees from 80 degrees during the day. Didn't notice the cold (cool) until we got out of the sleeping bag, then we fired up the electric ceramic heater. Which worked great.
     
  5. scoutermom

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    unless you need to camp where there isn't a power hookup,and MUST use 12v power, you can use the regular home ones - though they might be hard to find by this time of year - if you DO find them, they'll probably be on clearance, so they chould be cheap.

    I have taken mine off my queen size bed at home and used it on an airmatress in a tent in early march- kept us toasty warm.

    I'll probably get ones for the camper when and if I can find them - but we also have some great 'winter' sleeping bags, and a Mr Buddy propane heater, so that we don't really need them. Also my old camper has a furnace, tho I haven't had time to check out the propane works and see if it is in working condition.

    We just camped last weekend in Sheboygan WI on /Lake Michigan - it was quite windy and down to 35 or 40 at night. We didn't think we were going to have an electric site, so we didn't bring the matress pad, but we did keep the MR. Buddy going on low all night. I was HOT - my BF, who is not a long-time camper like me, was plenty comfortable.

    For safety, I aslo got a battery backup CO2/ propane/gas/ fire detector for the camper. We wanted to make sure that we DID wake up in the morning!

    I like the MR. Buddy ALOT - I actually bought it to use in our garage workshop, but until we get the furnace in the camper operational, it's a good alternative. it will run on both the 20lb propane tank or the small camping ones. we used it in the garage while working on the camper many nights, and for two full nights while camping - we probably still have over half a 20lb tank of propane left.

    Still, if you can find the heated matress pads - just regular ones for beds and if you stay at electric campsites - your wife will probably be more comfortable sleeping, as their temp controls are adjustable. Also, for sleeping, they are probably safer ( no gas, no CO2).

    I have had both the electric mattress pads and electric blankets - and I prefer the mattress pads. unless they have changed electric blankets in recent years, you can get hot spots and there are warning that the blankets should not be folded or lain on top of. Blankets are also larger than the smaller 'camper' beds need, so you tend to crumple up covers anyway. The mattress pads ( at least those for home use) are MADE to be lain on and take the wear. I leave mine on my bed year round, and my dog and cat are on it all the time. the heat is 'zoned' with more heat at your feet and less in the middle body zone. the heat rises past you, and the WHole bed is warm - but not 'hot'.

    However, you will also probably want an electric or gas heater, as the matress pads will not warm up the camper itself at all.

    enjoy!

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