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Old 12-19-2011, 07:41 AM   #1
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All electric mh?

We are in the research phase of the full time life and have discovered that a few manufacters are offering all electric mh's. My findings have shown the technology is there to reasonably do this. The cost does rise but not totally unreasonable. My question is if we don't go that route will it further depreciate the rig down the road? Wondering opinions about the future of all most all rigs going all electric. I can see even the bottom level going all electric, even 5ths. What do you think?
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:02 AM   #2
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IMO I think that the all electric system will join the ranks of slides, Aqua Hot, Allison transmissions, and air leveling as must haves. I would pay more for coaches that have these, preferably all.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:08 AM   #3
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Personally I would run in the opposite direction as fast as I could. But it all depends on where and how you camp. If you only go to full hookup resorts then yes it is probably a good idea. If on the other hand you are more interested in camping in nice places like National Forest campgrounds, BLM campgrounds and the like where there are no hookups you would discover that you have no way to make a pot of coffee, or anything else without starting the generator. And they frown on that at 5 in the morning. Your choice to make based on how YOU want to enjoy your time on the road. Personally I like the freedom I enjoy by not having to rely on the grid, parking in some of the most beautiful places on earth and opening the door in the morning to see the sunrise over a pristine lake or stream.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:33 AM   #4
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I agree, you must research your selves. What is your camping needs? Is this your first time camping? We own a 42ft. with propane and it fits our style of camping very well. We also enjoy dry camping as much as we do on the grid. Look at battery replacement costs and so on. Batterys are heavy, does this cut down on carry capacity? This is a decision that you will have to decide, I can only reflect on us, and there is nothing wrong with either MH. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:39 AM   #5
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Our friends just bought a new Allegro Bus 43 feet and it is an all electric MH. That said the Aqua Hot water heater is still diesel fuel powered.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:44 AM   #6
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In an all electric coach, you will omit the propane tank, but on AC coaches, you'll have eight 6v batteries and two inverters. Hate to even think what it'll cost to replace those batteries.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:44 AM   #7
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All electric makes the coach safer. Look at all the fires caused by the absorption refers. If I ever buy another coach, it will be all electric.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:52 AM   #8
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This quoted from US fire safety
"Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 310 Americans each year and injure 1,100 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords."

So how many people are killed/injured from propane fires each year?
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FC Ontario...my Aqua Hot system also has an electric heater element in it and has the engine radiator hot water going through it so it is heated while driving. When at a campground my hot water is heated via the electric element from shore power/
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FC Ontario...my Aqua Hot system also has an electric heater element in it and has the engine radiator hot water going through it so it is heated while driving. When at a campground my hot water is heated via the electric element from shore power/
Same here. Only use the burner when the electric element can't keep up do to the cold weather.
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We love our all electric coach and would not have anything else. My opinion, the weight of the propane tank and the batteries is pretty much a wash. You CAN fix coffee, watch some tv etc with the battery bank and not have to run the genny. Everything in the rv world is a trade off and for us the electric is the way to go, for others it will not be. Imho, both will be available and in demand for the foreseeable future so I would buy the one I liked and not worry a lot about it.
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My 2006 Travel Supreme DS 14 -45 is all electric. It has the aqua hot diesel/electric water heater for hot water and coach heat. The added battery cost will be more than offset with the removed need to buy propane. It is also safer than propane system coaches. The diesel generator provides power when not plugged in to electricity. We have been mostly full time for a year and half and love the coach. If you do a lot of boon docking it might not be the best system. The electric refridgerator will deplete the one set of batteries in about 4 hours when not plugged in. If on the road for a long time I run the generator to charge when needed. Dave W
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In an all electric coach, you will omit the propane tank, but on AC coaches, you'll have eight 6v batteries and two inverters. Hate to even think what it'll cost to replace those batteries.
IMO, the cost of the batteries is pretty much a non-issue. How much of are the 6Vs at Costco or Sam's Club? $80 or so? That's under $500 to replace all of them every 5 years. That's probably not really any less than the cost of propane. Probably cheaper if you use it a lot.
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IMO, the cost of the batteries is pretty much a non-issue. How much of are the 6Vs at Costco or Sam's Club? $80 or so? That's under $500 to replace all of them every 5 years. That's probably not really any less than the cost of propane. Probably cheaper if you use it a lot.
You must be using the new math they teach these days... 8 x $80 is $640 plus tax is north of $700. $700 will buy you a lot of propane.
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