cord for van space heater


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cord for van space heater

I camp in an uninsulated non-conversion van, but rarely do I camp in sub freezing temps. There have been a number of times the temps have dipped well below freezing though, and I've stayed warm enough (but not toasty) by wearing my long johns and winter hat in the sleeping bag. I rarely, OK never, stay in campgrounds unless absolutely necessary. Since I'm about to cross the country and I could encounter temps down to at least 20 degrees, I'm thinking of staying in RV sites and bringing my little ceramic heater which has 1000 and 1500 watt settings.

I have a 50 ft 14 gauge I/O extension cord. My (limited) understanding of electricity suggests that I will be fine with that, as long as I only use the 1000 watt setting.

Now I know a 12 gauge would be even better, and that a shorter cord would be better, but my question is will this be adequate for safety? I think even 1000 watts will keep me more than warm enough in a small van, so I don't think I'd be tempted to use the 1500 setting.
 
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Old 02-01-14, 11:21 PM
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Yes.... the #14 cord would be ok for the 1000 watt setting but why not bring a heavier cord so that you can use the 1500 watt setting if needed.
 
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Old 02-01-14, 11:34 PM
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I'm on a very tight budget, with barely enough to get back home on. I guess I could use my 25 ft 16 gauge for the low setting too, and save 25 feet of cord space. I can always run the engine for a short while to supplement heat and buy a better cord the next day if I freeze my buns off on the low setting. I think I'll do a test run in the garage where its about 15 degrees now and see how much that low setting heats her up.
 
 

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