portable heaters for camper trailer

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 23:09
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Hey guys

just checking if there are any portable heaters that i can use in a camper trailer. Will not be leaving it on while sleeping, just used to take chill out of the air when we are stuck inside due to bad weather which happened just last weekend. have looked online though most say not to use in a confined space. Thanks for any info.
Note annex with walls on have heaps of ventilation as we don't put the floor on. we use one of those C Gear mats which are great.
cheers guys
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Reply By: tazbaz - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 08:03

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 08:03
Adam
We use a gas lamp which does a good job at lighting as well as heating
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Reply By: Mike S2 - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 08:54

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 08:54
Hi Adam,Primus have a unit,Portable Buddy,has propane canister fitment,low oxygen sensor,tilt shutdown,great unit in our jayco swan,has hi and low settings,we mostly start on hi and then low or off as required,cheers,Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Neil G (VIC) - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 18:03

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 18:03
Hi Adam, we use one of the Portable Buddy heaters and it is a terrific heater but we only use it to warm the camper up in the evening before we go to bed. To be on the safe side we also use a carbon monoxide alarm in the camper. It is just like a smoke alarm and cost about $25.
Hope this helps
Cheers
Neil G (Vic)
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 18:34

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 18:34
Also get the 9kg gas bottle adapter hose & it will be much cheaper to run than using the disposable canisters.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:00

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:00
So mate you want to put a fire inside your tent..right?..and you want to leave it running while you are asleap.

Every winter we hear of houses burn down because people leave heaters on while they are asleap.

Serioulsy not a good idea, throw on an extra blanket.

cheers
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:04

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:04
Sorry NOT while asleap.

Y'd still want to be carefull.

cheers
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:07

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:07
Nothing mentioned about leaving it on... he did say "Will not be leaving it on while sleeping".
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:08

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:08
You posted the same time .....Sorry about that!
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Follow Up By: Adam H - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:05

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:05
i am really only looking for something that when we are stuck inside the annex playing a board game or cards and unable to sit around a fire or sit outside. A little heater to take the chill out of the air. it wont be in the tent part which is sealed it would only be in annex which has ventalation. which means it would be supurvised and not left on with no one around. Just some sugestions of what would work and thanks to Tazbaz and Mike S2 who have given me some ideas.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:25

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:25
Hi Adam

We have many ways of doing this mission dependant.

The Primus mentioned above is one we use when staying in a tent and we have room to carry it.

We also have a lovely little unit that uses those cheap stove gas cannisters but I don't believe you can still buy them (Kovea Little Sun) it was great as they only burn for 2 hrs.

When on more demanding trip like recent one to Geo-Centre we use something quite different - a true infared lamp which runs off 12v @ 12-amps via a can sized 230vac inverter.

These put out little heat but its radiated where you want it.

They have no issues with burning gas (not that that is much of an issue).

Being such a small system it mounts up high on an overhead tray shining directly onto the kitchen area which is the back of our patrol (and hence ones face).
Seriously good for warming cold hands or face.

In practise you only use it for 30 mins while preparing food etc.

It also creates a warm glow over the area, you feel better even if the warmth isn't much.

Catch is I have no idea where you can buy such a thing anymore.

You can buy a 150w infra-red heater globe for those outside PAR screw mounts (called reptile warmers).
These are better than your bathroom 275w heat globes but still put out to much light which isn't as good as true infared.











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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:45

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:45
Isn't that to much - I always double check anything I say on these forums as sometimes it can be a little controversial.

So after posting I did a google search again for the lamp I use , it hasn't been available for years , and lo and behold an ebay item not far from home came up , offering 3 options so I just brought the bigger version (175w) as I hate having a system that doesn't have a backup

Hope its as good as my original - it claims 90% infared.


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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:00

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:00
In my excitment of possiblity getting a spare lamp I forgot to mentioned some things the Kids use.


1 use medical type heatpads
(quite effective)

Milwaukee cordless heated - sounds over the top but work well.

12v electric blanket which can also be used as a rug to wrap around you. (Not so good in wind).

And the best is something a lady fitter in our factory uses - a hot water bottle tucked into tummy under jumper.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:02

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:02
I will get this right yet


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Reply By: Member - daz (SA) - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:44

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:44
Hi Adam

when we were in to Camper trailer ing we used a Heat Pal 5100

They are very safe & yes we did leave it going whilst asleep especially in central australia in the middle of winter.

Provides warmth and heats food. No leaks, no pump, no explosion risk, starts instantly. Use methylated spirits. 1.5 kW. Burns for about 5 hours on a full tank at full power.

http://www.tentipi.com/products/heating-and-lighting/heatpal-5100/

this site gives you the details.. Are around $300
All the best Daz
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Reply By: Adam H - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 14:38

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 14:38
thanks heaps guys giving me some great ideas instead of just the Butane options.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 18:59

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 18:59
We warm up under the awning with a DIY brazier burning wood just outside of the footprint.

Not possible in all circumstances of course but outback in several winters it's been fab.

For BIY google Ozpig.
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Reply By: Mark - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 21:53

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 21:53
We use a Coleman Catalytic heater, can connect it to a 4.5/9kg bottle and it gives off hardly any fumes. Would not sleep with it on but it works a treat to heat the camper trailer up. We payed $120 for it and they sold them at BCF etc.
See http://www.exploroz.com/Forum/Topic/68898/coleman_heaters.aspx
Cheers
Mark
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Reply By: dieseltojo - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 21:03

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 21:03
Hi Adam H,
If your budget allows , there is no reason you can't fit a diesel or gas caravan heater, and it can just have an inlet where you wish. These things circulate the air within the caravan and do not introduce any fumes......Expensive though....
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