Here’s an inexpensive add on that might save some money by detecting water leaks early. We put one of these alarms in the bay of the 5th wheel. The other is under the kitchen sink. Hopefully, they are unnecessary and will never be used. However, just one event in which we are given early warning will make these water alarms worth every penny. We got them at Lowes.
We have three options for heating our camper:
- The furnace – which is very inefficient but produces a lot of heat; runs on propane which we always pay for
- The heat pump – part of the air conditioning system but of limited use when the outside air is colder; runs on electricity which we may or may not pay for
- A space heater – amount of heat depends on the unit; and, again, we may or may not pay for the electricity
The past winters we have used a combination of the three. However, in our case we generally spend the winter months in places where the electric service is part of the campsite, so using electric heat makes a lot of sense for us. We’ve had “cube” heaters that help a lot but still leave the 5th wheel feeling a bit drafty and with uneven heat.
On the RV forums I kept reading about the Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower and how happy people are with it so we decided to give one a try. You can find them at several retailers or online. The tower has a digital readout, can be programmed, has a timer, and rotates. It also comes with a remote control. When we got ours it was 68 degrees in the camper – that running our little space heater and with the heat pump set on 72 and cycling on and off. Within a half hour the Lasko had raised the temperature to 75.
I’m thinking we’ll remove the space heaters from service all together; although we may keep one as a backup and to supplement the heat on especially cold mornings. At this point, I recommend this unit to RVers who are looking for alternative heating solutions.
We’re in a site in which the sewer hook up lacks the screw in fitting – its just an open pipe. I’ve seen other solutions – some commercial – and others like filling a sock with sand. However, that gives you one more thing to carry around. Here’s my solution – two tent stakes and an old bungee cord. I’m thinking of patenting it and selling the kit….”this deluxe sewer hose security system can be yours for just $19.95 – but wait! We’ll send you two of these systems for the price of one, just add shipping and handling.” Think I’ll make any money?
(Serious note: don’t drive the tent stakes in too deep – you might hit the sewer pipe)