By Mike Sokol
Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you’re a newbie who’s never plugged in a shore power cord (or ask – what’s a shore power cord?), or wonder why your daughter’s hair dryer keeps tripping the circuit breaker, this column is for you. Send your questions to Mike Sokol at mike (at) noshockzone.org with the subject line – JAM.
How to keep snug as a bug in a rug … in your RV
I’ve been seeing a lot of questions about how to stay warm in an RV during these cold winter months, especially while boondocking. While I don’t have any simple solutions for keeping your RV furnace running all night from battery power, I have been recently experimenting with various self-warming fabrics that can help keep not only you warm in a chilly RV, but also keep your pet warm and snugly as well.
My cat, Domino, likes to keep warm
Yes, he’s a very spoiled cat (like many of your pets are), but he’s also a high-energy Tuxedo – so he never gets above 9 lbs., no matter how much he eats. Without extra body fat, Domino doesn’t like the cold at all. So this winter we added two warming items for him, both of which he really loves.
The Marshmallow Bed
This bed has a super-fuzzy outer ring with a heat reflecting floor. Without any supplemental power at all, it really warms your pet up. And Domino likes snuggling down to keep out of sight. I guess he’s going to demand residuals since he’s now a cat model…
Yes, there’s a dog version of this marshmallow bed too. I can’t speak to how well that will stand up for the canines out there, but our three cats have not been able to wear this marshmallow bed out in several months of hard napping. Get one for your favorite furry family member from Amazon HERE.
Heat-reflective pad helps him to stay warm
Before we added the extra kitty-powered heating pad he refused to use the kitty cave, which I suspect was due to it not being warm enough for him. But once we added this heat-reflective pad inside of the cave, it was love at first purr. He sleeps in it every night now to keep warm. Find a similar one on Amazon HERE.
What about me???
Okay, us humans have some pretty great self-warming choices as well. Since I always have cold feet (the physical kind, definitely not stage fright), last month I treated myself to a pair of Heat Holders Slipper Socks with grippy bottoms. These things are GREAT at keeping my feet warm!
I wear these Heat Holders socks over top of my regular socks at night, and they not only keep my feet toasty warm, they also keep me from slipping on the floor when I’m up. I highly recommend them for anyone with chilly feet. They also make non-grippy versions for use in your boots, and I bought a pair of those as well. Hey, it gets cold in Maryland, so I don’t want to hear any snickering from the Floridians here…
Of course, if you have a high-end coach with a warm water heated floor you may not need these Heat Holders socks, but these are great for everyone else. You can get a pair of these with or without the gripper bottom HERE.
Is it a blanket? Is it a throw? It’s certainly BIG!
A few weeks ago I wrote about using an electric blanket in an RV, and there was no simple solution to keeping warm on battery power alone. So I did a little research and found that Heat Holders not only make great thermal socks, they also make other self-heating products like gloves and hats and blankets.
I chose to try out one of the oversized throw/ blankets from Heat Holders, and I can report that it’s great as a lap throw over your legs while watching television, or added on top of your other bed covers to help keep in the heat. This one I’m modeling is antique silver, but they come in a variety of colors to match your decor or mood, which is something my wife the artist worries about, but I will admit that color coordination is not my thing. (I see a red door and I want it painted black…)
Until I come up with an atomic-powered electric kitty blanket or human blanket, these self-warming products from Heat Holders and others are a great solution to adding additional warmth to a chilly RV. Get yourself one of these oversized blanket/throws HERE. And you can find out more about all of the other Heat Holders products HERE.
OK, everyone. Remember that electricity is a useful and powerful force, so we all need to pay attention to safety precautions while using it.
Let’s keep warm out there….
Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.
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