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Old 03-08-2007, 10:54 AM   #15
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You get our vote for an all electric coach. I believe Jim and I mentioned it to someone on the user group at Hilton Head in 05. The propane tank (weight, more storage space w/o it, etc.) is a waste. Also, from a woman's POV, a flat surface cooktop is much easier to clean than the gas cooktop.

Of course, this assumes you have the residential frig and Hydro-Hot.
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:45 PM   #16
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I think the all electric coach is worth discussing. Before we get to that my propane tank says 39 lbs. on it. When I last had it filled the people told me how empty it was as they put 10-1/2 gallons in it. Now, when you read the literature you read 40 gallons, long cry from 10-1/2 gals. I spoke w/ Dave kaampi and he affirmed the 40 gal. (actually 32 as you can only fill to 80%). Would someone please clarify for me? Thank you.
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Old 03-08-2007, 03:05 PM   #17
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Back to the electric coach. Mike could more than likely create a trolley car affect. Mike there may be a market in Mexico for 3 phase, well 2 phase anyway. You should be able to sell that.
In all seriousness I think it has some great advantages. You eliminate some weight, big time you eliminate a potential disaster and you let Ted go through tunnels and you gain some valuable space. As Jim & Ingrid pointed out (please Ingrid no more abbreviations, E Mike is enough to handle, although I was able to deal with POV.) I don't think it would be a great imposition to WRV to offer this as an alternative. You eliminate lots of gas lines that are potentially a horid liability. Adding the small amount of electric wiring is a nothing. You gals as the cooks (at least in this family) would truly have to try a 120 volt cooktop. It is a lot different from your typical home cooktop that you may or may not know is 240 volts. We have the Splendide washer/Dryer and love having but you never want to be in a rush for anything to be dry. Same is true with the 120 volt cooktop. There are a few considerations that must be looked at. I have understood that half cooked and raw slightly hairy coyote ain't to bad. Check with Norm on that.
WRV just might come up with something that has not been offered that doesn't cost much more if any!!!!
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:01 PM   #18
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Leaving for MX in the AM (sorry about abbreviations) but this has me thinking. I have only the stove & fridge as propane users. I could replace the beeg tank w/a smaller one & make myself a dandy storage compartment w/the reclaimed space. We're still on the initial fillup of propane from when we picked up the coach @ the factory in 2005.
Wish I got that far on a diesel fillup.
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:41 PM   #19
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IMHO (it took me a long time to figure that one out...in my humble opinion), I think us gals would really appreciate an easier to clean cooktop, as the current one is a real pain. However, I would like to know more about the performance of a 120v cooktop.
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:34 PM   #20
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Without HydroHot, we need propane in the winter here in CA. or when we travel east. Now if the refer could run off battery power or the inverter.....I suppose it could be wired to run off the inverter? BUT.....there are those 10 minute showers Patty likes to take, and we need to run both the electric and propane to keep the water hot for her
Maybe a retro fit with hydrohot $$$$$.

As far as a 120 volt cooktop, we are not supposed to be in a hurry when we are RV'ing , except when we are at a rally
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Mike & Nancy, You asked about travelling in the east and the tunnel situation. I do not know about all tunnels but the New York tunnels and the Maryland tunnels do not permit propane, so an alternative must be taken. It's okay but always substantially further.
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Ted- Do they not permit propane to be carried through, or do you simply turn off your propane?
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Rick, I have only confirmed that MD will not permit propane off or on. I am not certain about NY.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:19 AM   #24
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I have burned my paw with 120 volts so it is a myth that 120 volt cooktops are less hot than 240 units. Electrical experts on this forum will probably correct me, but I believe each individual coil on an electrical rangetop is in fact 120 volts, even though the incoming elec line is 240 (240 is simply two 120 lines plus a third neutral line-- 240 is used on incoming lines because there is less voltage drop than with a single 120 line).

I brought up topic of an all electric coach some time ago but for some reason I forgot about that approach when I ordered my new coach. Now I sort of wish I had ordered the Amana instead of the elec/propane refer so I could install a 120 stovetop and eliminate the propane tank entirely.
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