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Old 11-12-2015, 06:38 PM   #31
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I suggest you put that heater on the stove cover and off the vinyl floor. May prevent discoloration there or at least put an oven pan between it and the floor.
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:02 PM   #32
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Taking that comment one step further, I'm not sure I'd leave a heater with a fan in an enclosed trailer. If that fan froze up you could have real problems. When I had a sailboat I used something called a Goldenrod to keep the temperature slightly elevated. That product is only a heating element, but enclosed in a metal case. I use two Dri-Z-Air containers in my 19, and they do the trick nicely.
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:57 PM   #33
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I thought from the picture it was one of those static heaters, no moving parts, similar to leaving a 100 watt light on 24/7.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:05 PM   #34
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I was given one of those alien spaceships to use in my trailer. Belonged to a friend with a boat. Don't know what he replaced it with. But, I could never determine that it was doing anything and finally I junked it.
Replaced it with two Dri-Z-Air containers.
I leave the MaxxFan open an inch, sometimes run an oil-filled radiator. All cupboard doors open.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:18 PM   #35
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We have used Damp Rid and dump the water once in a while. Leave it in a tub so can't overflow.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:40 PM   #36
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Tried Damp Rid last year, ended up with 2 frozen Damp Rid buckets for the winter.
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:45 PM   #37
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I thought from the picture it was one of those static heaters, no moving parts, similar to leaving a 100 watt light on 24/7.
Well, the description was
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I have a small heater/fan unit running continuously to raise the interior temperature just a couple of degrees warmer and minimize any condensation.
... and it appears to be a Caframo Stor-Dry, about which the manufacturer says:
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This dual action air dryer uses a low wattage heating element and internal fan to both heat and circulate the air.
Now that we've sorted that out...

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... I'm not sure I'd leave a heater with a fan in an enclosed trailer. If that fan froze up you could have real problems.
I would hope that a heater (especially one with a fan) would have a high-temperature protective shutdown feature; however, the specs don't mention one, and neither does the manual.
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Regarding the heater/fan: I guess I thought that the low wattage (90 W) and intended use in RV's meant it was safe to use in the trailer over the winter, though I always checked every 2-3 weeks in our previous trailer in case it started acting up. I'm wondering if it is any more risky than leaving our PVR or on while we are on vacation? Any electricians with an answer on that?

As to its effectiveness, from our experience with the previous trailer it really made a difference, simply by raising the trailer's temperature a bit and reducing condensation. I think that it should extend the life of the desiccant and maybe make the trailer drier.

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Old 11-12-2015, 11:37 PM   #39
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The problem I have with the alien spaceship is - where does the moisture go?
With the Dri-Z-Air, it is collected in the reservoir, which you empty from time to time.
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With the air in the trailer a bit warmer, it holds more moisture, which helps to keep it from condensing on surfaces in the trailer.
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