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Old 11-28-2013, 08:02 AM   #1
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Pros and Cons of a Fireplace

We have looked at a couple of coaches that have fireplaces. What are the pros and cons? Thanks for your advice.

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Old 11-28-2013, 08:04 AM   #2
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Pros - adds some heat. Looks great on a cold winter's night, or even a warm winter's night.

Cons - I suppose they take up space, but really I can't think of any cons.

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Old 11-28-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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We have looked at a couple of coaches that have fireplaces. What are the pros and cons? Thanks for your advice.
PROS = Heat and ambiance while having a glass of wine...
Cons = Fall asleep looking at it
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:06 AM   #4
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Con: Hauling the wood to feed it.
Pro: Good exercise.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:12 AM   #5
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I just bought an Entegra Anthem slightly used that came with a fire place, while I'm not an Expert here's my opinion. The list is small as I've only taken two long trips.

I was surprised at how nice it looked for a fake fire place
When you turn on the heater mode of the fireplace it throws off A LOT of heat, I was very surprised. Totally heats the salon area very well. don't really need any other heat.

The space it takes up, I recently read a thread about a guy who had a cabinet instead of the fireplace and put a printer there. Seeing as how we're going to be living in it for awhile that would of been a perfect option for me.
Personally I would only use it when plugged in to 50 amp imagine that Electric heater draws a lot.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:24 AM   #6
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DW loves ours as it heats up the living area fast. Also burns electric to heat so saves our propane.

Only con for our would be it does not have a thermostat so it just runs. Would like to set it at a temp and have it turn the heat on and off by itself.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:56 AM   #7
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We had a fireplace in the 5er before we got the MH last year. We really loved it! We used it as the main heat source unless the temps got down really cold. Saved us a lot of propane!

The MH simply does not have any place we could put a fireplace!

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Old 11-28-2013, 09:04 AM   #8
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As I mentioned to your Post on RV.Net...


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Old 11-28-2013, 09:40 AM   #9
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If you're thinking of buying a MH perhaps you should decided if you want bling or reliability. I would suggest that you go to rv.org buy their product then read it all. After you have done that you should be able to figure out if a fireplace in a MH will make your life complete. If you have a nice flat screen TV you can probably get video of a nice fireplace with a roaring fire and crank up the heat.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:55 AM   #10
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Only real con is the space it takes. My wife wanted one for several years. We put one in and she's happy as a clam. The little 1500 watt heater does take the chill off. If you're on 30 amp power, be aware that the heater position will take 12-13 amps so enjoy the fire with the heat off.

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Old 11-28-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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While shopping for our MH, size mattered. To be more fuel efficient and keep MH costs down in our early years of F/T when we would travel the most, while still being superbly comfortable, we opted out of many of the things we do not want nor need.

Here is a partial list:
electric basement door locks, electric window blinds, Keyless entry, Residential refer, Solar panels, LED lights, Satellite dish, Diamond Shield, Bra, Toad guard, Full width Mud flap, Spare tire, Motion sensor lights, Window awnings, Mini-fridge/Freezer, Washer/dryer, Ice maker, Dishwasher, dash-cam, Extra bath, Extend-a-stay, and a fireplace.

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Old 11-28-2013, 10:33 AM   #12
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OK, that looks really nice... and still keep some storage! :-)
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Like many things in RV's electric fire place is a love hate relationship. I love my rear living room fiver, I hate electric fireplaces. Personally I would prefer the storage space. As new full timer we have stuff placed everywhere and the absence of the electric heater would give me a lot more space for important stuff. A good 1500 watt electric heater takes up about 1/8 the space and still heats the room. If I want a fire, I want a REAL fire and that will be outside.
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I think they can be a great up grade!


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