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Old 12-12-2015, 03:32 PM   #31
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Hi: Jim Bennett... We use a small stand alone heater and have almost never run it on hi heat as it also gets too hot!!! Don't forget heat rises so the loft gets warm fast!!!BTW got the "Stripper pole" covered in white vinyl to match the sink/stove top so we really won't need any more heat!!! Alf
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Old 12-12-2015, 03:48 PM   #32
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Right now we use a small 1500W cube heater. It did fine keeping our 19 warm, though we really never got to use it very often. We usually had to set it up on the counter, to give Jasper free reign on the floor.

It would be nice to permanently mount one into cabinet space not used, as I do plan on using up as much as possible.

For the 5.0TA, I was thinking of putting a toe kick (tow space) heater either at floor level on the cabinetry somewhere, or on the bottom step to the loft if there is room. I think the latter would be best, but most need a 6" clearance on the sides (nothing above or below).
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And Alf, I would thank you to quit trying to implant the image of you and your stripper pole in me wee brain.
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Old 12-12-2015, 03:55 PM   #34
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Long ago some of the more expensive portable "cube" heaters continuously varied the heat output (and fan speed), rather than cycling on and off. The full heater output can then be as large as permissible by the supply circuit (1500 watts assuming a 15A circuit), without annoying cycling in conditions of lower demand. This would be ideal, but I haven't even seen it in a portable heater recently, let alone a built-in... maybe continuously variable heat output is a feature to search for?
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And Alf, I would thank you to quit trying to implant the image of you and your stripper pole in me wee brain.
Hi: Jim Bennett... You'll have your own... soon enough!!!Alf
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I'll send you a photo when I do.
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Long ago some of the more expensive portable "cube" heaters continuously varied the heat output (and fan speed), rather than cycling on and off. The full heater output can then be as large as permissible by the supply circuit (1500 watts assuming a 15A circuit), without annoying cycling in conditions of lower demand. This would be ideal, but I haven't even seen it in a portable heater recently, let alone a built-in... maybe continuously variable heat output is a feature to search for?
While I've been told the quality of the newer Pelonis Classic Disk Heaters is not as good as the older models, the ads state they function the same way - vary the heat output & fan speed to keep the temperature of your trailer at what ever you set it at.

I'm not giving up my 1986 Pelonis Disk Furnace to find out - it keeps the trailer temperature within 1-2 degrees off the set temperature with outside temperature swings between 50°F and 20°F. When running at its slowest speed (most of the time) you can barely hear it.
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I have seen nothing for variable output, other than some with dual settings, with one setting usually half of the full setting , as they just use two heat elements the same size to achieve this. King heaters use four 375W elements, for a total of 1500W. Dimplex (available in town at the BORG) uses four 450W elements, for a total of 1800W, which is the max you can do on a 120V 15A circuit.

I have seen nothing for the built-ins that offer variable speed fans, though most are extremely quiet, and you want as good of distribution through airflow that you can get.
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Old 12-12-2015, 04:18 PM   #39
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My two cents Jim is to not shy away from wattage. I have had two space heaters running when my furnace packed it in.

Coastal winds / (at/near) freezing temps / slightly open ventilation window / trying to keep trailer hotter than you and Lisa ever would / noise can be contained away from bed area are all my thoughts. I can't speak to Alf's thought on the TA's loft area trapping heat, but I can tell you my 21 seems "drafty" with a wind blowing. My 21 bed's pillow area never seemed to benefit from the heat -- having short short hair might be a factor in that opinion though! Perhaps having the maxx fan in ceiling fan mode would have helped.


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Its great you're going through this Jim. I'll borrow mod ideas liberally when/if a TA is on my own wishlist! Hadn't heard of tow heaters before....
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Old 12-12-2015, 04:22 PM   #40
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One other thing I will be doing to aid in even heating/cooling throughout the trailer, is to use one or two mounted 12V marine fans to circulate air into the loft. I have had messages from a few people saying this is a great idea, and a couple who say it is not needed. I think it might be nice to move air around a bit, it will help with minimize the cycling of the heater(s)/air conditioning.
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