Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-02-2009, 10:09 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
jillwill's Avatar
1963 22' Safari
Southern , Illinois
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 73
All electric?

Ok, I will attempt to ask again, since my post got deleted. Has anyone went all electric, and what were your pro's and con's of doing this. 98% of my camping will be done where I have electric hookup and the other couple of times a year will be just needed a place to stay. Let me know your thoughts.

jillwill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 10:24 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
overlander64's Avatar
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,396
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
All electric??

What you propose is possible, but it is not without built-in difficulties:
  1. Even with a 50-AMP, 120-Volt AC service, finding an adequate range/oven that will operate within those parameters will be difficult if not impossible.
  2. Unless you go with a Norcold AC/DC compressor type refrigerator, you will experience problems keeping your perishable foods fresh when in-transit.
  3. When camping without utilities, the only way that you will be able to insure refrigeration and cooking availability would be with a generator -- and one large enough to run both a range/oven and refrigerator would be costly in addition to being heavy to carry.
  4. If you will need heat, electic resistance heating is high draw and would prove to be a potential issue when operating anything else within the coach.
  5. Heating water may also pose an issue as well.
One of the reasons that RVs and particularly trailers still utilize propane is that all-electric is impractical for periods of travel as well as when parked with minimal or no utility access.

Good luck with your research!


P.S.: I considered the possibility of all-electric for my Overlander initially as I don't care for LP appliances. The feasability of operating just didn't make economic sense for me.

When I contemplated this idea, I began to envision a Green Acres like electric chart where one would have to unplug or switch off one or more appliances in order to operate another -- just not conducive to relaxation when RVing.

Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 10:25 AM   #3
Rivet Master
willyd's Avatar
1993 34' Limited
Melbourne Florida , Springfield Ohio
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 757
Images: 5
I converted the hot water to electric (hot shot) with propane backup. I had to replace my AC so I installed a heat pump. Some time I use a small ceramic heater. Bottom line, my propane is only used as back. if necessary. Best of success.
willyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 11:52 AM   #4
4 Rivet Member
kennethowens's Avatar
1975 Argosy 24
Malakoff , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 490
I have a question or two: What is the motivation?
Do you have gas app's that do not work, or that you do not like?
Alot of folks go to elect frig because of the punishing cost of replacement.
Many others go to elect hot water too for the same reason.
I would suppose a bunch of folks use a combination
based upon finances and or preferences. Keeping a combination of lp/elect may be better than ALL elect. Last thought...what do you have to work with
if there were a power outage for several hours........
kennethowens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 12:14 PM   #5
Rivet Master
mandolindave's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,164
Images: 4
my thoughts

All electric wouldn't be good if
1) you wanted take a long road trip
2) you ever wanted to sell the trailer
3) you ever wanted to boondock.

You could get around some issues by bringing a portable propane stove, and a cooler. Or not go totally electric but mostly electric. That being said, a trailer with an electric refridgerator is usually perceived to be
When we have camping parties, the ettiquette is to only use 12 volt utilities, as one electric heater uses up what four campers use. No AC,
microwaves, electric heaters.
mandolindave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 12:33 PM   #6
4 Rivet Member
kennethowens's Avatar
1975 Argosy 24
Malakoff , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 490

It is your trailer...if it suits your needs...then it's ok

kennethowens is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
No LP - All Electric, is it realistic? J.air.doe Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 40 02-07-2015 05:40 AM
Adding Electric Heater to Atwood ElliotA Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 4 05-19-2013 01:53 AM
Am I Stupid? Water heater gas and ELECTRIC THEPILL Off Topic Forum 25 10-21-2011 05:08 PM
Electric Horn wiring diagram on a 345 John H. Classic Motorhomes 7 02-01-2011 03:07 PM
New Electric Service - YAY!!! or Life is Better When Everything WORKS!!! bugnot1 Winter Living 6 01-23-2011 10:32 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:13 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.