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Old 10-16-2016, 08:27 AM   #1
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Question 12V Heat Pads...

I suppose I could call or e-mail ETI, but does anyone know what the the draw/load of the 12V heat pads is? I'm calculating my "on the grid/off the grid" DC power demands and this would be a key component of the calculation... If push comes to shove, I'll fire up the Honda EU2000i, but it would be nice to know how long I have before that happens.

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Old 10-16-2016, 04:11 PM   #2
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Alan posted, in another thread:
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Heating pads (2) take 100 watts each.
That would be about 8 amps each.
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:50 PM   #3
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I had the 12v pads on my other Escape and never used them, because of the battery draw, unless you have hookups and then I'd operate my electric heater which kept me warm as well as the plug in water hose which kept the water flowing. When it was time to dump, everything was still liquid and this was at 5 degrees in February.
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Thumbs up Maybe I'll re-think this...

Thanks for the info... Maybe the $1000.00 would be better served somewhere else. I'll get the insulation but drop the pads. Haven't sent in my final build sheet yet so no biggie.
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Many who camp in winter especially for a long period will have hook-ups and can use the pads.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:28 PM   #6
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Pads

If I were going to be on the grid and in one place for an extended period, I'd buy the pads. I'm going to be off the grid a lot and never in one place too long...
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It's only $200 more for the 12 volt heating pads if you are getting the spray foam insulation, $800 versus $1,000.

As usual lots of different opinions, wants and needs. While we don't use them as frequently as I thought we would, due to the battery draw, on the occasions we do I'm glad that we have them.

On the rare occasions camping when the temps don't get above freezing for a extended period of time it's a welcome addition and peace of mind for avoiding possible tank freezing issues. Boondocking during the early spring and late fall shoulder seasons with a very low sun angle, we use a small Yamaha 1000 inverter generator for recharging the batteries and running the heating pads a couple of hours a day.

If you have hookups, BONUS. Scott

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