12 volt electric blankets

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:51
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Hi there every one, last year we went to the Alice to Finke desert race & near on froze at night sleeping in a swag, minus 3 in the morning. We have upgraded this year & will be in our Hannibal roof top tent, for this years race. It will still be cold at night tho & wonder if there are any fellow campers/explorers who know where I could purchase a 12 volt blanket to warm the bed up. Have searched the net, but I keep getting directed to US websites & companies We are in Adelaide
Cheers & Beers Daz
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:54

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:54
from what i have heard and read about most are using an inverter and 240v blankets, they draw very little power so no major issues with batterys ect ......
Just dont wet ya bed :-)
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Reply By: hiluxcab - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:58

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:58
Daz have you look at a good sleeping bag that is rated of sub zero conditions
i had one for years and was nice and warm
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Follow Up By: daz (SA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:08

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:08
It is mainly my wife who feels the cold so an investment in a subzero bag for her may be Ok plus a hot water bottle to take the initial chill off. but it would be nice to find a 12 volt blanket

Cheers & Beers Daz
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 04:01

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 04:01
I was going to suggest a good sleeping Bag...

Daz....shame on you..She's your wife you cold hearted bugger...KEEP HER WARM.


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Reply By: daz (SA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:31

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:31
I see Waeco make a 12 volt car seat, I wonder how this would go in the roof topper. ???
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Reply By: Member - Mike (SA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:32

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:32
Hi Daz,

For similar reasons I too have been down this track!!

WAECO do a 12 volt blanket and there is another mob (sorry name escapes me) that does a wrap around with a 45 mins timer. Both are good. From my experience "normal" 240volt blankets do NOT work of an inverter, even though temeparture control lights illuninate.

I am off camping this weekend in a CT, and will be relying on both 12 volts options.

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Follow Up By: mrtiggs112 - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 08:48

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 08:48
Hi Daz,

We use a 240 volt electric blanket powered from a 1KW inverter no trouble at all.

Cheers
Geoff
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Reply By: rooster350 - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:33

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:33
ANYTHING !.. that uses electricity to supply heat....uses a LOT of electricity...end of story..cheers
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Reply By: Wilgadene - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:33

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:33
Hey Daz, this may be what you are looking for?

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike (SA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:50

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:50
That's the one I couldn't remember the name of. Wife swears by it!

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Follow Up By: daz (SA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:56

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:56
Thankyou Wilgadene

Have just ordered off that website

You are a Wizard

That will keep the Peace.

Daz
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Reply By: daz (SA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 21:02

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 21:02
Thank you every one Now have one on order.

We are off in June to the Desert race then to Katherine & then 6 months in WA starting off in the Kimberlys, Am going to renew my Exploreoz membership to update all on our trip. Taking a on the Move Infinity van & the Hanibal roof topper.

Daz
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Reply By: racinrob - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 21:45

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 21:45
Slept last night (May 15) at Wallabadah just south of Tamworth and it wasn't cold it was FREEZING - 4. Water pump wouldn't work, frozen solid, opened the door of the 'van and everything was white, a quick breakfast and into the truck with the heater on full blast. I will definitely be looking at one of those electric blankets, a lot cheaper than a diesel heater methinks.


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Reply By: Member - Josh- Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 22:42

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 22:42
3 yrs on the road in a camper trailer and the lowest we had was -4 degrees. Had good sleeping bags (-7) and hot water bottles. All good.

Josh
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Reply By: anglepole - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:38

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:38
Yes I saw some for sale a while ago at a 12 volt speciality shop just past Gepps Cross, They were an over blanket not one that fits over a mattress.

Probably the inverter and 240 electric blanket is the way to go. A double electric blanket draws about 120W so about 11-12 amps out of your battery.
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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:19

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:19
..speaking from some experience with charging camera batteries etc, it well be much more than 12A due to the inefficiency/power demands of the invertor. Plus it has been mentioned that blankets may not work with an inverter... can anyone confirm?
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Reply By: Caravan & RV World- Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 13:17

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 13:17
We have them!!! And they are fantastic!

http://www.caravanandrvworld.com.au/Appliances/12-volt-appliances-and-accessories/12-volt-fleece-heated-blanket-medium

Heaps of other 12v Appliances also!
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Follow Up By: daz (SA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 16:05

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 16:05
Excellent Service from Caravan & RV World where I ordered the blanket, My wife rang them this morning & they upgraded to a large.
Thanks very much
Daz
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