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Old 07-16-2014, 11:58 AM   #1
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All Electric MH

What are the pros & cons of owning an all electric MH. We plan to live in it full time for a year or so while building a home, then travel with it.

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Old 07-16-2014, 11:59 AM   #2
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Can you give us an example of an "all electric" motorhome?

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Old 07-16-2014, 12:18 PM   #3
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I believe the entegra anthem is all electric. You can go thru tunnels with an electric coach.

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Old 07-16-2014, 12:20 PM   #4
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I see... meaning "all electric appliances" motorhome?
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I think, if you boondock, you'll need to run your genny or have enough solar panels to keep your batteries charged to run your appliances.

From a cook's standpoint, an electric/ceramic burner just doesn't cut it. I want the instant on/off of heat only a flame provides.

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Old 07-16-2014, 12:22 PM   #6
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Here's a discussion on it:
Propane vs all electric??

Having lived in an RV while building a home, if you have immediate access to power while building, electric would be my choice. During the winter, heat takes a lot of propane and I had to get an external tank to re-stock. If you don't have immediate access to power, you may be disadvantaged due to having to run a generator frequently.
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Another thing which comes to mind which some could consider a disadvantage, would be that you have limited ability to exist on limited (15/20 amp) shore power.

We spend a month each year at my FIL's rural farm house and only have a 15 amp circuit available to us. We get along just fine by switching our fridge and hot water heater to propane limiting the big draw an the AC. Still can't run big ticket items without the gennie though.

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All electric is the way things are going. An example is the Phaeton line. They are all electric standard. If you want propane it is $22K option. I'll give you my opinion from living in a Phaeton 42LH all electric.
Wife absolutely loves the induction cook top we have. Our particular brand will slow simmer or boil 2 qt water in about 90 seconds.
The AquaHot provides heat quietly, no big furnace blower. Also supplies endless hot water. In summer we don't even use the diesel portion, just the electric supplies all the hot water you need. Even on temps down to about 28 the heated floors and fire place is enough to keepthe coach warm in cold weather.
Really important is the residential fridge; big, good size freezer, through the door ice and cold water.
An all electric coach is simply more like living in your house, there is no sacrificing either comfort or convenience to be mobile.
We have six house batteries and have gone 24 hours without shore or generator power. That's with lights, TV, AquaHot on diesel, and just normal routine (no cooking inside) Could have gone a little longer, maybe 30 hours. Two and a half hours of generator and we were back to full charge.
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Just depends on how you intend to use it on the road. We like to get off the beaten path (ie: 10 days on a river in Alaska fishing) so we want something we can boondock a long time with. Our Bus was specially built with gas hot air heat and water heater, a gas cooktop and oven (DW COOKS!!!) and I've added 4 solar panels with special wiring and an MPPT charger. We still have a residential refer, and run a 1 meter Hughes Net dish for internet along with a Trav'ler dish for DirecTV. This works fine for us.

Unfortunately Bob Tiffin won't build this type coach any more, so this is our last Tiffin. All electric just doesn't match our lifestyle. By the way, the Bus is less than 18 months old and we have 32,000 miles on it. We don't fultime, but we use it a lot.
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Fairly simple choice for some owners.

Those who spend 99% of their RVing time on hookups or who love the sound of a generator will enjoy an all-electric MH.

Those who want to enjoy the great outdoors without running their generator every day, will be much better off with a conventional propane/mains/12V/solar mix
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I think in my opinion ..."all electric" RVs have a cleaner interior look to them. Not picking on any style...just the esthetics of the interior. functionally... you are losing some emergency separation of appliances. If you lose electrical ability on an all electric rig...batteries usually can not get you out of trouble until repair is able. If you lose electrical power on a mixed RV...batteries can sustain some items ...frig, furnace and hotwater heater....plus stove.
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All Electric MH

The following are meant to serve as recommending the "all electric" way of life...

Folks with propane heat sometimes complain about looking for more propane every 3 or 4 days in colder weather.......while folks with diesel fired aquahot units run much longer on a fill up since they draw from the main coach diesel tank.

Boondockers like to tout the advantages of a gas absorption fridge.....however....

Another observation.... Most absorption fridges are tiny compared to their all-electric residential equivalents.......so if you really wanted to squeeze maximum time without running generator, then you could turn off your residential fridge and just use a 12volt "true compressor" type like the Dometic CF-110AC. It's 3.77 cuft of space and uses 65watts of power.....I've heard some Other brands even use a more efficient "swing compressor" using even less watts.
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I believe the entegra anthem is all electric. You can go thru tunnels with an electric coach.

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You can drive through tunnels with a propane appliance coach.
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You can drive through tunnels with a propane appliance coach.
Not the ones specifically marked NO HAZ MATS. I have to go 15 minutes out of the way every time I need to go through Baltimore.

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