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Old 02-27-2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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cheap heat rv comfort systems - electric conversion of furnace?

I just learned about this. It is an add-on for electric heat for Atwood furnaces.
Anyone try this out? Regardless of its name, it ain't cheap ($800).

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However, it uses existing fans, so if you don't like your fan noise, you
probably won't get less noise.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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It wouldn't fit in my trailer without significant rework to the cabinetry. There just isn't room. I suspect that most Airstream installations are the same.

Many SOBs are designed with all kinds of extra space around systems components so I suppose it would work better for them.

I would imagine that the key problem of electric heat would remain -- that there isn't enough electrical power to get the job done unless you have a 50A shore power system and are able and willing to run a 240v feed from the panel to the heater.
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I'm suspicious of any product that doesn't have any actual pictures of the product on the website - just drawings and clip art.
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I'm suspicious of any product claiming to be "green" without giving any explanation supporting this claim.
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I'd think if you had the cabinet space and wanted a little electric heater, one of those fan driven electric wall heaters like they put in apartments would be a good choice. Though it wouldn't be hooked into the existing system so it couldn't heat your tanks, but just for heating the room it would work pretty well. Then if you're boondocking, use the RV heater, and if you're plugged in use the electric. And they only cost $100.

We just keep an electric space heater to pull out and use if we're plugged in. Mostly because it's quieter than the RV heater.
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Thanks

Thanks to all for the notes. I agree. Probably not for Air Streamers.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:39 AM   #7
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I like the idea of this heater as 1 of my MH's furnaces has a pinhole in the combustion chamber. This would allow me to use it again without needing to replace. Too bad there's no details about the product. I was trying to found out things like measurments & wattage (amps).

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Electric Heater

You would have to be hooked up to the grid all the time to even consider the electric addon.
Probably a lot cheaper to replace your propane unit than install an electric addon!
Propane furnaces are available from numerous sellers, including many large auto parts suppliers, and prices are competitive.
A portable electric ceramic heater will do the job at minimum cost, and can be located where you want the heat.
For diesel units, there are many good diesel heaters that are very efficient and quiet and can be installed in varied locations.
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I looked into this a few months ago for the 27FB. Seems to be room for it given the furnace under the sofa in that floorplan.

I'll pursue it again and let you know what I find out.
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Found this on YouTube:

Adding electric heat option to an RV's propane heater - YouTube

Looks interesting.
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If they don't sell, perhaps marketing that video as a cure for insomnia would.
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The irony is that if you hate paying for propane that much, you are also probably way too cheap to spring for that mod for your furnace...(you'll be just fine tripping over a couple of space heaters from Walmart).
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I guess the question is whether the electric conversions are indeed more efficient than the propane systems. I've seen analyses of these, but can't remember what they said.

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Old 07-17-2012, 02:18 PM   #14
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Electric Heater

I just bought an electric heater for my Airstream online for $495.00 from RV Comfort Systems. It took me about a day to install it. But itís really cool, now when I plugged into an RV park I an heating with electric on there dime. Then when I go on the road I just flip a switch by the thermostat and I am back on gas.

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