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Old 03-31-2014, 06:48 PM   #15
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One could use this to warm the bed....

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or make one from two pie pans and a handle.......
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:18 PM   #16
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Looks like it should pop, popcorn!
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:45 PM   #17
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Charcoal is an efficient producer of CO. Probably not a problem in those drafty old houses, but sure death in a small camper.
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If you've not tried one, a Kill-A-Watt meter will tell you what the blanket uses. FWIW, our Queen blanket, set on 7, used 3.3Ah for one side according to the meter when I timed just the first hour. The control on the blanket says 180W, the bedroom was 62 when I turned on the blanket. I would think your use will depend on the room temp when you turn it on as well as how high you set it, with power use dropping once it gets to temp.
Ours is also covered with a mid weight down comforter with a memory foam topper on the mattress, which seems to hold or reflect heat too well.
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Memory foam is to hot for me too. I suppose memory would be an improvement in extremely cold weather and a negative in hot weather.

I have a king sized polyester comforter and a heavy synthetic blanket I put on top to protect the comforter from the dogs. The pup just started ripping a hole in it.

I have nice down comforter that I would use in colder weather. These will keep me warm once I am warm.

The electric blanket will make getting into bed a pleasure. It probably seems like a silly thing but the more cozy my camper is, the more I will like it and use it.
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Conrad, consider a hotwater bottle to pre-warm your bed. It's cozy down by the feet!
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I am not sure if the blanket works on a timed duty cycle or reduced power at lower settings. It will be interesting to find out.


Most hearing element gizmos like this turn off and on to achieve medium and low power. A 1500w hot plate I was fooling around would turn on for perhaps one second then be off for three or four seconds on "low".

You can watch the current display on the battery meter to see if the blanket works this way. I bet it does.

Is the caution not to use with inverter because it's so easy to wake up in the morning with a dead battery? Even a plain old square wave inverter should run a resistance heater just fine.
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[COLOR=Blue] I have a down comforter that I would use when it gets really cold, still, I'd like to at least warm things up before climbing in.
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Hot water bottle will do that for you! Or make the dogs go to bed first.
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Memory foam is to hot for me too.
I have heard people say that but I have never noticed it even when in very hot weather. I put a mattress cover over mine though which may be why I don't notice it.
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Conrad, consider a hotwater bottle to pre-warm your bed. It's cozy down by the feet!
My feet are toasty. The vendor said that these should not be used if you have cold feet, diabetes, etc. I have cold feet and need the warmth.

I am using it right now on the high setting on shore power as my current battery could not handle the last many days of overcast. I broke down and plugged in. Both dogs are right up against me, on my side. Preferring heat to soft pillows. I dare not move as I am the pillow. In any event, I love the heat. I hope crawling on the blanket doesn't ruin it.

Nevertheless, a hot water bottle is a fine idea.
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As far as insulation below your mattress you might want to consider using 1/2" thick closed cell foam mats that are used for backpacking. Here's one from Amazon Amazon.com: Stansport Pack-Lite Pad (72X19X3/8-Inch, Blue): Sports & Outdoors. I have commonly found these without straps in sporting supply stores.
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Or, these:

Util-A-Mat Commercial Grade Reversible Floor Mats - 24" x 24" - 8 Tiles - Sam's Club
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How about a installing a radiant floor under the matress using a propane water heater and a recirculating pump? A cycling pump would surely use less power.
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This is April Fools right?

On a more serious note, pop ups have heated mattresses. Here's a 12V option:
http://www.bedderbedding.net/index.c...category_ID/20
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Actually, this radiant floor might be better (I know Roy was kidding). I'm thinking about putting it under the floor in my Snoozy. Cheap enough to give it a try.
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