First PuP, can I use a space heater?

Discussion in 'Heating / Cooling Systems' started by Jfish315, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Jfish315

    Jfish315 New Member

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    Hello, I just picked up a one owner 1986 Starcraft SLE 17 and am supper happy to start some great memories with my kids but I have a question....can you use a space heater in these things?

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    neighbormike Well-Known Member

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    Sure, so long as you camp with electric hookups! Great looking camper!!
     
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    tfischer Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Standard electric heater safety applies, e.g. don't get it too close to stuff like blankets, papers, etc.

    Note that you'll pretty much max out your 15A circuit with a space heater, so some like to bring a second cord and run it outside to the power pole. Or if you have a second AC circuit that works too.
     
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    Jfish315 New Member

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    That's what I was wondering. Thank you so much!
     
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    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome from Minnesota!

    There are other options than an electric heater. A lot of folks here on the Portal use a Mr. Heater Buddy. I've never used one. Some swear by them, others not so much.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    If I camp with hookups an electric heater works fairly well as long as you also use some heat retention measures such as reflectix in the windows, etc. Otherwise if it gets real cold outside it could have trouble keeping up. My old camper got real drafty in the bunkends so I also had to put something under my mattress as well. I use a separate power cord to use with the heater and just fished it through the bunkend. That way my outlets could be used for other things and the heater had it's own independent of the camper.
     
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    Welcome from the West Virginia mountains
     
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    Welcome from Oklahoma. Yes you can use a space heater, electric or propane. Just make sure you follow appropriate safety precautions.
     
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    Thank you all, we are actually going to give it our first try tonight in our back yard. We live in the city, but I have an acre and we have all kinds of wildlife so still kind of camping lol
     
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    Welcome to the Portal from South Carolina.
     
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    Camp Driveway is always recommended for the first trip.

    I did it and found out the some valuable information on the short staycation (and it was nice to be able to hook up to the home WiFi out in the pup).
     
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    Camp Backyard counts as camping[:D][:D][:D]
     
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    If you decide to plug in at the site pole using an extension cord use a heavy-duty cord. Most household cords are lightweight. I suggest a cord with a minimal #10 wire. Also the shorter the cord the better. Enjoy your new camper.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Invest in a good ceramic heater! I find they work the best. Been using ours for a number of years now.
     
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    Halford Well-Known Member

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    I place buddy heater which heats up quickly on table. I also have ceramic heater for full hook ups camping. why pay for propane when you are paying for electric.
     
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    I do it all the time in mine... I was always concerned with those heaters that have open flame or red hot cores that small kids or animals can get into. I went with the SMALL LOW PROFILE version OIL FILLED electric heaters... The only noise it makes is an occassional CLICK...

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    These may be harder to find locally but are only 14-inch high I think it is...


    The standard height oil-filled heaters are available from WALMART $30 when on sale...
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    I can sit my O-2COOL AC/DC fan behind the low profile model to blow warm air around better...

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    Pretty safe to have around kids and animals...

    I too carry an extension card to plug into the 20AMP Service at the camp pedestal. This doesn't take away for their 30A Service plug... I also don't get carried away with running the oil-filled heaters full settings. Maybe just run them around the 3.0 settings marks... AT night we just get under the covers more...

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    I have been meaning to get one of the lower profile oil heaters like that. I have a larger one I got from Target on clearance a couple seasons ago and use it to supplement warmth in the house where needed. It is too tall to travel with though. I do have a small ceramic heater that has a built in fan and oscillates, it seems to work pretty well when I do need it at night.
     
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    Hi. Just wondering how camp backyard went?
     
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    I'm worried... no answer yet!
     
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    Yes, I prefer a milk house heater. They work well and don't give off that bright glow that keeps you awake. I used one tent camping with a 12 gauge cord. I also have a Buddy heater that uses propane and requires no hookups, but it low, high, or off. Above 50 degrees it get quite warm in the PUP on low. The Buddy heater also gives off a glow that hinders me sleeping unless I'm really tired. Be aware of campground rules, I've encountered a couple that prohibit electric heaters and one of them included electric water heaters. I've recently made it a rule that if there's a risk of cold weather I take the Buddy with LP to last the trip.
     

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