Back in mid-March we had an unusual arrival at our receiving dock. This wasn’t a typical trailer full of products and parts. Our Sales Director of Business Development Dan Maze brought his recreational vehicle so our engineering team could test out our newest product, the Cadet RV heater.
But before we get to the testing, let’s take a look at where this new heater came from.
Dan is a pretty big fan of the great outdoors. And as someone who owns a trailer, he knows that you can sink a lot of money into keeping them warm using the built-in propane heating systems. But if you’re paying for a hookup when you’re camping, that includes an electric connection. And that means you can use electric heat to warm your trailer on the campground’s dime instead of yours.
For that reason, Dan and a lot of other folks like him, use portable space heaters to heat their trailers and RVs. Although these heaters get the job done, they have to be plugged into an outlet, can be a tripping hazard, take up counter space and aren’t always easy to find after being in storage.
Enter Cadet’s Energy Plus heater. Although this heater was originally designed for residential applications, Dan thought it might be a good candidate for use in the RV industry. Just like portables, the Energy Plus uses electricity so it can help save on the heating bill. Unlike portables, it is permanently installed so it doesn’t share the downsides mentioned above. So Dan went ahead and started working with engineering and other folks at Cadet to test using the Energy Plus in recreational vehicles.
Back to that testing: In March, Frank Holmes from our engineering department spent a few hours tracking how the RV heater performed heating the living space of the trailer when the outside temperature hovered between about 40 and 55 degrees. The results? Frank said the heater did a great job keeping the living area at 70 degrees, which Dan is quick to point out is probably warmer than most people would realistically have inside their trailers.
Like the original Energy Plus and the Apex72 heaters, we’re continuing to explore new applications and uses for electric heat. At the end of the day this is just another step in our efforts to bring our products to new industries. We’ll continue testing how this heater works in different trailers and RVs by reaching out to partners in the industry who are exploring factory installing these in new units and aftermarket installing them in others.