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Old 09-13-2012, 08:08 AM   #1
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All Electric Coach

Greetings to everyone. We (DW and I) are new to the forum. We are upgrading our 32 foot class C, to a diesel pusher. we are currently looking at a 40 foot Holiday Rambler Navigator, all electric coach. I am curios if if there is anyone out there that has comments on the all electric coach vs the coach with propane?
Thanks in advance for your response.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Greetings to everyone. We (DW and I) are new to the forum. We are upgrading our 32 foot class C, to a diesel pusher. we are currently looking at a 40 foot Holiday Rambler Navigator, all electric coach. I am curios if if there is anyone out there that has comments on the all electric coach vs the coach with propane?
Thanks in advance for your response.
The only real downside is to someone who planned to do extensive dry camping/boon docking. If your plan is to be mostly in commercial campgrounds with an occasional over night or even several over nights with no power, then all electric is a good choice. Most all electric coaches have 8 6 VDC house batteries and one or two pure sine wave inverters. The HR Navigator is an outstanding coach.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:30 AM   #3
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Steve summed it up neatly. The only real question is your RVing style. And even if you camp "off-grid" extensively, you can get by fine. At worst you use the generator a few extra hours per day.

Heck, my "propane" coach is such an energy hog that I have to run the generator a lot when boondocking, though admittedly a lot of the power consumption is our computers. We don't exactly rough it.
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We are kind of looking at larger motorhomes, also. The deal killer for me with an all electric coach would be having to cook on an electric surface. I also like the option of propane or electric for water heater.
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We are kind of looking at larger motorhomes, also. The deal killer for me with an all electric coach would be having to cook on an electric surface. I also like the option of propane or electric for water heater.
If I had an all electric coach I would upgrade the cooktop to Induction. I would also want AquaHot so LP would not be needed for water heating or furnace.
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I believe the Navigator has Aquahot for comfort heating and water heating, so only issue is fridge and cooktop. You can buy a one or two burner butane stove for early am coffee and eggs w/o starting generator while boondocked. The real question is how long the fridge can run on battery power, which I have not seen clearly answered on this site.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:21 PM   #7
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We have an "All Electric" 02 Monaco Signature. We only boondock(WalMarts) while in route to our destinations. This coach has five 12v 8D agm house batteries, 162 Lbs ea, 255 amp hrs ea, and $700ea . It also has two 90watt solar panels, two 3000w inverters w/auto gen start, and the AquaHot system.

No regets until the batteries need replacing.
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Having just moved into an all electric coach (today is the 7th day), best choice we've made.

Oasis is great, unending hot water. Wife loves the induction cook top.
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Oasis is great, unending hot water. Wife loves the induction cook top.
Newmar is putting an induction cooktop in the '13 DSDP? What brand?

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Euro Kera princess, but upon a google search I believe they are a radiant glass top is all.

Seaward Princess Gourmet Electric Stoves
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Yeah, I was pretty sure they were just using Seaward Princess electric. We were planning on getting an induction cooktop as a special. Now I think we're just going to yank out the propane cooktop and have an induction one put in our current coach.
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We really like our all electric. While we don't "boondock" on a regular basis, we have attended a couple rallies without electric and the generator served us very well, along with the bank of 8 house batteries. The auto start feature helps keep generator use to a minimum. On one four day outing the outside temps were in the high 90s each day and the lows were still in the 80s. In our past motor homes I'd have had to run the generator all night, 8 to 10 hours, to keep the bedroom cool enough for sleeping, but the auto start feature would bring the gen set on-line only when the A/C needed to come on. One night I thought to check the gen set hours before we went to bed and then again in the AM - it had run only a cumulative 3 hours out of 9.

I always hated having to locate an LP filling station that I'd be able to get in and out of. This eliminates that issue and gives me an extra storage compartment.
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anybody interested in induction cooktops, take a look at these. the doubles work on 120v they are stand alone or drop in. we have used one of the single units of this brand for over 2 yrs with great results. also if you look a little further on their website the drop in double unit is the unit that winnebago is using in their all electric 2013 tour/elipse. Induction Cooktops by True Induction | Single & Double Burner Cookers jim
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This coach has five 12v 8D agm house batteries, 162 Lbs ea, 255 amp hrs ea, and $700ea .

No regets until the batteries need replacing.
LoneStarAce, I had 4 size 8-d's in my last rig and feel your pain. Needed a forklift and a second mortgage to replace them.

Are your batteries all tied together or do you have 1 or 2 dedicated to running the fridge?

I'm still trying to get reports of real world experience for how long folks can run their residential fridge before needing to start the generator. I can do the math based on estimated current draw and battery capacity, but I'm asking about real world experience. Anybody? Thanks.
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