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    Under carpet electric heating mat

    Has anybody tried a Rugbuddy heating mat in a small motorhome? I am wondering if one of these might be worth having in my Romahome Hylo. It should fit under the van carpet and provide a bit of heat on chilly nights, when it isn't cold enough to bother with getting out the oil filled radiator, which takes up most of the remaining floorspace when the bed is made up. I am a bit concerned about the safety of it and whether it is practical in a motorhome. Also whether they provide enough heat to be useful. Comments from anyone who has experience with these mats would be welcome.

    #2
    I've never heard of them roamerog so I looked them up

    If you are already paying a site for electric then it might be worth it but they are expensive to start with aren't they

    As for motorhome use, well I checked out the reviews on Amazon and several people there use them specifically for camping/caravanning

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      #3
      Hi there.

      An interesting product and quite economical to run, but the purchase price puts me off a bit and I'm not convinced of the actual heat that it would produce?

      In Hettie the C15 Hylo, I have got rid of my household fan heater and my oil filled radiator and I now use a 400 watt plug in heater. I have done a written review of it and and a YouTube video review, including explaining how I use it during the night.

      https://community.smallmotorhome.co....ybe-others-too

      https://community.smallmotorhome.co....-you-re-on-ehu

      Hope this is of some interest to you.

      Panda
      https://www.youtube.com/user/pandabloke

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        #4
        Thanks for your comments, Sandra and Panda, (not a double act I presume?). I think you have confirmed my thoughts. Cheap to run but a bit expensive to buy, and probably not a lot of heat. I will think about it till next year. I have also looked at the plug in fan heaters. Very compact but I really don't like the dry heat, and wouldn't feel safe leaving it on overnight.

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          #5
          The safest bet is an oil filled radiator. You can leave them on overnight with no worries and 500watt examples will heat a Hylo with no problem. The only disadvantage is that they do take up some room.

          Panda
          https://www.youtube.com/user/pandabloke

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            #6
            Another vote for oil-filled - cheap, efficient, don't take up much space and OK to leave on. Fan heaters are also handy for a quick burst of heat too but not as safe. We've got warm air blown heating from an Eberspracher in our R20 which I think is the best solution but in our previous C15 hytop we relied on oil-filled or fan heaters.

            But as someone who spends several weeks a year away including cold periods my #1 tip is to try and eliminate as many draughts as possible - something as simple as making sure the van is parked with the wind blowing on the opposite side to the fridge vent can make a huge difference, as we found out in a particularly bitter Orkney spring. A good Silver Screen is an essential and decent curtains cutting draughts from the back door and the cab can be very useful. We've just added another heavy curtain at the end of the benches isolation the galley where draughts blow in from the door and vents.

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              #7
              Totally agree with Brian. Still tracking down draughts in Hettie, the C15 Hylo. Will do a YouTube video soon, all about draughts. 👍

              Panda
              https://www.youtube.com/user/pandabloke

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                #8
                I have used an oil filled radiator in both a C15 and my Surf. In both vehicles I stowed the radiator behind the passenger seat.
                Too old to know everything!

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                  #9
                  When we had a Dimension with no heating we used an oil filled radiator, it was great and inexpensive. Here’s my review.
                   
                  Graham
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                    #10
                    Yes, I've always used a small oil filled radiator in spring and autumn. Preferring EHU at those times of the year anyway. I don't know where I'm going to put it in this new micro camper though!

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