Sometimes a full caravan floor heater or motorhome floor heater installation can seem a bit daunting. In any case, wouldn’t it be nice to make the investment only once and be able to take the heater with you when you next change ‘vans?
For this to be possible you need a portable electric heater and one that doesn’t take up valuable space. Thankfully there is a portable caravan floor heater (or motorhome floor heater) that fits the bill and it’s ideal as a secondary source of heating in your main living area.
The RugBuddy under-rug heater is a plug-in heated floor mat, so there is no costly, irreversible installation to worry about. The original floor finish stays intact and you simply put down an antislip underlay*, lay the RugBuddy on top, cover it with your rug or mat, plug it in, and start enjoying that ‘underfloor heating feeling’!
*Of the 2 types of underlay available on this site, the Super All Surface Fleece underlay is the lightest at 260 grams per square metre.
While not specifically designed for use outside the home, the RugBuddy works exceptionally well as a foot warmer in any environment where you’ve got a mains hook-up. Rated at 120 Watts per square metre, the RugBuddy is as powerful as domestic underfloor heating but, uniquely, is also safe to put on any floor surface.
The first is to lay the RugBuddy on an insulating underlay so all that lovely warmth doesn’t disappear through the floor. Most manufacturers wouldn’t recommend putting a heat source on the floor so the underlay isolates the heater from the floor.
Secondly, you mustn’t ‘smother it’ when switched on. By this I mean placing a mattress or bean bag on it when it’s working. The unit is self regulating, so the risk of overheating has been designed out, but commonsense should be applied!
RugBuddies are available in caravan friendly sizes of
- 0.5 x 1.0m (1’8” x 3’3”) 60 Watts
- 0.5 x 1.5m (1’8” x 4’11”) 90 Watts
- 0.5 x 2.0m (1’8” x 6’7”) 120 Watts
- 1.0 x 1.5m (3’3” x 4’11”) 180 Watts
and only weigh between 1 and 2 kgs.
Click to read the Caravan Talk caravan floor heater discussion. (Picture above courtesy DeltaTIOwner)
You can see that upgrading to a caravan floor heater or motorhome floor heater is simple and doesn’t need to involve costly, irreversible, installation.