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Message posted by MadMum1972 on 23/3/2013 at 9:07pm
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Hi all.

I am getting slightly concerned about the forthcoming camping trip at Easter with this cold weather.

We have a low wattage fan heater and I was wondering if I purchase another one, would I trip the electrics at the site? From what I remember, it is 16A at the site.

The heater we have is 2kw. We are taking the big tent which is simply massive so I am unsure if one heater will be sufficient but on the other hand, do not want to prove unpopular with the rest of the site!!
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You should be able to run around 3.5kw so if you have the second on half heat you should be ok.

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Great, thanks. Judging by the way my little girlie has suddenly started coughing, I can't actually see us sleeping outside any time soon.

Perhaps us two could just be daytime campers next weekend and travel home at night.    (us two as in my little girl and I!).

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A 2kw fan heater kept our Montana 6 warm on a few low single digit temp nights. In fact 1kw was fine overnight.

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We have used a 2 kw fan heater and a 2 kw oil-filled heater (but it on the 1kw setting) on 3 or 4 diff sites. In fact we camped last weekend (17th March) and used this combination. At night we just had the oil-filled on but on the 2 kw setting and it was ok. (we have the Outwell vermont L and it heated it ok.) We would try to keep the doors closed as much as possible but not the easiest with 2 and 3 year old. Very occasioanlly it would trip our ehu in the tent but never the one on the pitch but we would just put the trip up again and it would go for hours. Not sure why this happened.


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Ah cool, thanks. That is reassuring. I worry so much about the little people feeling cold. Truth is, they always seem the ones who are the warmest! It's poor Mum who freezes!



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Know exactly what you mean. We dont have shoes in tent but when cold I always bring bedroon slippers or crocs for us all for in the tent only. For me anyhow no matter how many layers i am wearing, if my feet are cold no amount of heaters will warm me. Am sure you have thought of it but hot water bottles last weekend were lovely when climbing into the sleeping bags.

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have you checked your mcb on your ehu?alot of these are only 10 amp.so won't matter if the site has 16 amp,because your ehu will trip first.
on 10 amp you can run 2300 watts,but they will take more for a length of time,so if you go to 3000 watts it will take a few hours before tripping.the more wattage you put though.the less time before tripping.

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We had a 3kw fan heater and if we had it on full it would trip our ehu in about 5 minutes. The 16amp site would be ok but the 10amp ehu isn't.
I think you can get 16amp ehu if you look around but we find that the 2kw fan heater is ample in our tents, we've never been cold and have camped in oct and feb.
Oh, and i'm not a person who doesnt feel the cold, plus our dog hates the cold so we have to make sure its warm for him really bless.

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I noticed when looking around this year that some campsites are saying no electric heaters in awnings!

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i use 2 fan heaters at opposite ends of the tent, but both are only running on 1kw settings

 


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I have and still do use a fan heater and run on thermostat low in the bedrooms through the night, im a light sleeper but being warm helped me sleep.I have got a parabolic heater that screws on to a 907 gaz bottle to use through the day.Common sense and open the vents, turn off at bedtime .No small children by it.
Hot water bottles and lots of fleece blankets.
Remember to put children in to Pjs well before bedtime so body heat warms up the bed clothes, something i do to.
A quick call to the docs about cough may be a good idea too.

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to run two 2000 watt heaters needs exactly 17.3 amps. So you cant run them both on full power and to run one on full and the other on half power would also be unadvisable because a power surge could trip out the power. ou should never use the total amount of ampage available to you, on a 16 amp supply you should use no more than 14 amps. From a qualified electrician.

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Thanks for that. Mmm, wouldn't want to prove unpopular around the place, especially as lots of campers may well be relying on their electric heaters!

Still in two minds whether to go. I will see if the weather suddenly turns tropical nearer the time. You never know, it may reach 5 degrees!

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just seen forecasts of around 5/6 degrees for exeter area for easter weekend, not allowing for wind chill, my fear is to reach much higher will take a SW wind and the inevitable rain!

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Quote: Originally posted by nazza on 23/3/2013

We have used a 2 kw fan heater and a 2 kw oil-filled heater (but it on the 1kw setting) on 3 or 4 diff sites.In fact wecamped last weekend (17th March)and used this combination. At night we just had the oil-filled on but on the 2 kw setting and it was ok. (we have the Outwell vermont L and it heated it ok.) We would try to keep the doors closed as much as possible but not the easiest with 2 and 3 year old.




Could I just ask what oil filled radiator you have got? I'm looking for one to take camping (in a Vango Airbeam Eternity 600 tent) to have something to leave on overnight and evenings.

Many thanks


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