12v Electric blankets ..... where can we buy them now ???

Submitted: Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 21:27
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The Caravan & RV World does not seem to sell them anymore, where can i buy them that i can trust ....
Yep it has been another year and we are planning yet another big trip, spent time replacing bits on the car, all wheel bearings and seals, just cause i dont want any trouble, all brake pads, and lots of other stuff ......
We do NOT like the cold and found out about these last trip so will be buying some, our trip will be back down to Birdsville and out into the desert from there, after some fun we plan on heading East in the direction of Windorah and in the general direction of Roma, maybe up and down and would like to see Nimbin, we need to go to Brissy to keep family quite and head to Cairns, stop at other family and finally do the "cape" and then home, planning around 10,000klms and have 6 weeks this time ......................
And this time we are gunna have a facebook page set up for the trip, bit like a Exoz blog but we have family that need to know where we are so we will stick to that.

Anyway what was i asking ????, oh thats right where can i buy a 12v electric blanket please :-)

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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 21:47

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 21:47
Gday Joe and Mel
Just Google your heading and they come up under Amazon for about $23.00

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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 22:56

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 22:56
ta Muz, i had good reports from the Caravan mob and not sure of the others, dont really want to get a bad unit thats all, hoping for feed back from some other brand ...... cheers
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 21:55

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 21:55
Try here or here.

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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 23:05

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 23:05
thanks Allan, i wont buy from overseas if i can help it but the site from Tek Trek looks ok. i did check out heaps and just want a safe unit to buy, really dont care about price as long as it is safe eh .....
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 09:27

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 09:27
Another option is to use a 230v electric blanket operated via an inverter. A quality inverter will consume approximately 10% more from the battery than the same load directly connected, but at a typical blanket rating of 2 x 60w, this represents only about 1 amp more than a 'direct' 12 volt blanket. Assuming that you would only use the electric blanket to pre-warm the bed for about 1/2 an hour this does not represent very much extra battery drain. If you were to operate the blanket on 'Low' all night then you would consume about 50% of a 110ah battery. (2 x 15w/0.9 x 8 hours = 22 of 55ah)

It would be best to use a simple '3-heat switch' blanket rather than one with electronic controls, then a basic 150va (minimum) inverter can be used rather than a 'full sine wave' type.


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Follow Up By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 15:15

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 15:15
That is exactly what we do........

much safer and more efficient I believe.......In our experience turned on an hour before bed is all that has ever been needed........

.after that we have never needed to run during the night.and yes talking sub zero temps in the early morning
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Reply By: anglepole - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 09:38

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 09:38
You could take a look here [url=http://www.sportsimportsltd.com/12voxhefltrb.html
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 11:58

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 11:58
We use a 240V electric blanket via a PSW inverter.

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Reply By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 14:12

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 14:12
I know this isn't what the orig post is asking but.....we bought fleecy/polyester blankets approx 1300 x 1300 mm for $7 (normally $10) in Rays Outdoors sale. Went to the High Country o/night temps either side of zero and we were snug as. One of those purchases where you think "why didn't we buy these years ago"? Got tem for all thefamily and we wrap them around ourselves before getting in bed or bags.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 15:06

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 15:06
hi steve m1
i agree with your comments
electric blankets are imho an artificial heat source and dont provide solid heat
a good quality sleeping bag and a lambs wool rug under and over that
if required is a far better option
thats what i have practised on many trips and it has always worked well for me and my family members in minus conditions
i still have some old but in good condition woolen rugs made at the w.a albany woollen mill years ago they are magic on a cold night
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