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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:09 pm

When we have 120AC we use a marine heater, A Pelonius ceramic put out too much heat, when we are relying on 12V we are using the heat from our water heater.
I still need to make it a bit less awkward and neaten it up but it does work and others have tried it with success.

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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby Syberia » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:17 am

I plan to use a 12v electric blanket plus a good comforter. This setup (plus a flannel throw) kept the wife and I comfortable in a tent when it got down to 37 outside, so I expect it to be more than adequate in an insulated teardrop. The blanket only uses 55 watts, but the other blankets on top keep the heat in. Our battery can run it for at least 2 nights even without any solar recharge.

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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby JoyceB » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:57 am

In the Dakotas in late September when the night temperatures fell to low thirties upper 20 I used an electric heater to warm up the inside before turning in under a down comforter with 2 fleece blankets over that. Heat got shut off for sleeping a window was cracked open. I was snug as a bug. When I had no power a cup of hot tea did the trick also before going under the covers. My tear is not insulated but found also that putting a throw right up against the door helped tremendously.

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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby Socal Tom » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:45 pm

JoyceB wrote:In the Dakotas in late September when the night temperatures fell to low thirties upper 20 I used an electric heater to warm up the inside before turning in under a down comforter with 2 fleece blankets over that. Heat got shut off for sleeping a window was cracked open. I was snug as a bug. When I had no power a cup of hot tea did the trick also before going under the covers. My tear is not insulated but found also that putting a throw right up against the door helped tremendously.

My coldest nights were sub-20F. The first night was in a walmart parking lot. I didn't pre-heat and I got cold!. I went inside and picked up some small fleece blankets to cover the un-insulated walls. It helped a lot. It cut the drafts from the gaps in the doors, and the walls stopped feeling like ice was radiating from the walls. By the third night I worked out that pre-heating added the final peice to the puzzle.
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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby JoyceB » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:14 pm

Amazing what insulating those doors can do! Lol

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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby Socal Tom » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:40 pm

JoyceB wrote:Amazing what insulating those doors can do! Lol

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I've actually added some hooks at the top of the doors to hang my jacket. ;-)
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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby JoyceB » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:44 pm

Lol love it! Let's also not forget the fan ... must must cover that up also with the freezing temp .... brrr ... yup another reason why I love my teardrop ... cozy warm and comfy

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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby JoyceB » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:09 pm

Socal Tom wrote:
JoyceB wrote:Amazing what insulating those doors can do! Lol

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I've actually added some hooks at the top of the doors to hang my jacket. ;-)
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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby godskid » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:57 pm

I have an un-insulated fiberglass shell (Little Guy's myPod 5x8). I slept at a highway restaurant rest stop in Ohio on 12/28/17, where the outside temp was about 8F, perhaps lower overnight.

I had a slightly more powerful (20 years old) ceramic space heater in there, set so that it cycled on and off. I piled my winter coat against the door, and had a thin quilt covering most of the window for privacy. The ceiling vent was cracked open an inch for CO2, and the came-with-it AC unit provided the rest of the ventilation. (Those things are like an open window, as far as air flow.) I used a down mummy sleeping bag, and a second bag tossed over the foot area.

That 120V heater kept it warm enough in there that I took off a few layers of shirts, while playing on my iPad before bed. There was still snow on the *inside* of the doorsill, 12 hrs later, but I was warm enough.

So -- with 120V and a ceramic heater, you can do pretty well! At 8F you'll want the down bag too, since the edges of the space may still be cold.
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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby Socal Tom » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:49 pm

godskid wrote:I have an un-insulated fiberglass shell (Little Guy's myPod 5x8). I slept at a highway restaurant rest stop in Ohio on 12/28/17, where the outside temp was about 8F, perhaps lower overnight.

I had a slightly more powerful (20 years old) ceramic space heater in there, set so that it cycled on and off. I piled my winter coat against the door, and had a thin quilt covering most of the window for privacy. The ceiling vent was cracked open an inch for CO2, and the came-with-it AC unit provided the rest of the ventilation. (Those things are like an open window, as far as air flow.) I used a down mummy sleeping bag, and a second bag tossed over the foot area.

That 120V heater kept it warm enough in there that I took off a few layers of shirts, while playing on my iPad before bed. There was still snow on the *inside* of the doorsill, 12 hrs later, but I was warm enough.

So -- with 120V and a ceramic heater, you can do pretty well! At 8F you'll want the down bag too, since the edges of the space may still be cold.

My record without access to 115v was 17F. There were 3 sub 20F nights. The first one was in a Walmart parking lot. I could feel the chill coming off the plywood walls, so I bought a couple of small fleece blankets which I hung on the walls the next night. I also put a hot water bottle in my sleeping bag, but I still got cold. The third night I Pre-heated the interior with a Coleman heater. It was at least 75inside before I went to bed. Slept much better that night. I was able to fall into a deep sleep before the chill got in, so I slept much better. I also learned to fill my coffee pot with water before bed. Then it was much easier to thaw the ice


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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby tony.latham » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:03 pm

It's been years since we've camped near 120 volts.

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We preheat our bed with a 12V electric blanket. Once under the covers, we're toasty. :thumbsup:

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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby honeask » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:04 pm

We went camping at Thanksgiving on Lake Bastrop and the temperatures dipped into the low 30's. Not ideal temps for us but.... We used a small heater plugged in to power and it warmed up our teardrop that has very good insulation to begin with. The heater was on no more than 20 minutes as it got too hot. My wish list is something that one of the guys used camping when we went to Lake Bisteneau Louisiana was a heated pad that you laid on. He said it kept him plenty warm. Something to think about. I would have already gotten one but we are thinking of upsizing to something with indoor plumbing.
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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby michaeln » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:40 am

MADTRAPPER wrote:Yea u can't control the heat either it's on or off. Find a good women!


You can't control those either. Trust me on this.
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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby razorback » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:05 am

I have posted my answer several times over the last 10 years. If you have electricity this is what I use.
https://www.amazon.com/Econo-Heat-0603- ... B005DKN20W
The unit in the link is 24 X 24 flat panel 400 watt. I purchased an 18 X 24 250 watt unit 10 yrs ago. It is a very soft radiant heat. does not combust. At my wife's feet on the wall dividing the cabin/galley. on My side is a plug in thermostat. The panel plugs into the thermostat. We usually set the temp at 68 to 70. Heats all areas of the cabin without any hot spots. It is such a great solution.
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Re: Teardrop heaters

Postby slowcowboy » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:40 am

I have heard of small wally world cube heater on a genny but I know they are at least 1000 watts. me myself I like the road pro 12 volt and 12 volt sleeping blanket on a timer and over kill insulation in my first tear. my kampmaster I want to get a atwood propane forced air furnace in it. normal rv stuff. Slow
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