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A Little Extra Help in Staying Warm in your RV

| Updated Jan 21, 2016

Since we've been talking a lot lately about winter camping, let's talk about staying warm.

Sometimes, when it’s cold outside, you need a little extra help for those cold nights.

The solution for us was to pick up a small ceramic heater.

The one we have is the Lasko Model 5307 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater. Quite frankly, we can’t remember where we bought it but we think it was Walmart. But you now how hard t is to find something at Walmart. So we looked it up and found it available on Amazon for $34.

It is 16 inches tall and easily stores in one of the cabinets on our Roadtrek . It has three speeds, low, medium and high and you can turn the oscillating feature on or off.

heaterTypically, on really, really cold nights, besides our regular heater, we’ll plug this in and set it up on the galley counter and run it overnight.

I need to point out though, that this heater takes a lot of power…. 1,500 watts, in fact. So in most cases, unless you have tons of battery and solar power, you’ll want to be plugged into shore power. And since it is such a big power drain, you may have to turn it off briefly of you want to use other high power drain appliances like the microwave or coffee maker.

This little heater kicks out a surprising amount of heat. Other users say it can heat a 10 by 12 foot room all by itself. I don’t know about that but we are very impressed by how well it warms up our RV when we do winter camping.

It has overheat protection and comes in a something they call the cool-touch housing, meaning that you can pick it up and carry it around without it getting too hot.

We are very please with our unit. It heats very fast and is also very quiet.

Jennifer Wendland

Published on 2016-01-21

Jennifer Wendland travels North America with husband, Mike, in a small Motorhome. She has worked with Mike as a television producer and traveled extensively all over the world. She is a self-described "gym rat," enjoying fitness and exercise wherever she goes. She is a certified Water Aerobics instructor and has taught large group classes in leading health clubs for more than 20 years. She and Mike have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They travel about two weeks out of every month. When not on the road, they live in southeastern Michigan.

2 Responses to “A Little Extra Help in Staying Warm in your RV”

June 07, 2017at2:56 pm, Joe said:

I have the same one you have in the pic. and it works great

January 21, 2016at10:06 am, Darlene Sawicki said:

I have an old electric heater I use for cold weather camping in my 28 ft 5th wheel and i run a line in just for the heater if I have too much on…right through the cord hole for electric hook up. It keeps the 5th wheel warm and with the gas heater nice and toasty..but I have learned if I am out for the day with heat off I turn the covers on the beds back as soon as I get the heat on otherwise they are icy when you get in!

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