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Old 03-22-2015, 07:51 PM   #1
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Builders Offering Hydronic Heat?

Just read an interesting article about using an LP fired unit for heating and hot water. Does anyone know of a fiver manufacturer offering this as an option?

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Never heard of this system used in a RV. Given that an RV shakes goin down the road I would think this system might be problematic.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:41 AM   #3
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Diesel pushers have this, but they use diesel and they have plenty of it. It would take a lot of propane. Would use a lot of storage space for the boiler also. Interesting concept but question practicality.
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Jim,

If they offer an LPG Aqua-Hot model as a option then that would work in a 5ver.

However, you may be filling your LPG tank(s) often. Although if you are sitting in one place for a good length of time then some people rent the 100 lb LPG tanks which get serviced by a delivery truck.

Here is the LPG Aqua-Hot model that would work in a 5ver.

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DR4~That's the unit I was referring to. Does anyone know if they are being offered as an option by fifth wheel builders?

It's proven technology with a long in-service record. The only thing new is the LP fueling option. I have a hydronic heat/hot water system in my home and it has been economical and reliable. I don't think it would take any more propane than running my furnace and if you add zone controls to keep the temp lower in the bedroom while maintaining a higher temp in the living area, I could see a small savings possibility.

Just wondering about the retirement rig and all the geegaws I want to get (but probably can't afford). Now, about that wind generator . . .

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#2 diesel has 138,500 BTU's per gallon
Propane has 91,000 BTU's per gallon

A propane unit would burn 1.52 times as many gallons as a diesel unit to produce the same output, providing the efficiency is the same.
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My comparison was between a hydronic LP heater and my existing LP furnace. While the propane used should be comparable, the noise level wouldn't compare. I also think that battery use might be better with the hydronic units as opposed to the furnace pushing air through ducts.

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Yes. I use LP at my home.
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So it looks like a furnace/tankless water heater combo. Why would it use any more that those two combined? Or am I way off base with what I am reading/thinking?
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Airmech~In theory, increased efficiencies should make the unit use less fuel than the water heater and furnace combined. The main heating unit uses forced air combustion and is more efficient than the ambient type burner used in the existing water heater. The forced combustion allows more heat to be retained from flue gases thereby generating a savings. My experience with my home unit seems to bear this out as my heating costs are lower than my neighbors with similarly constructed homes using forced air. Add in the flexibility of temperature zones and the much quieter operation and I think this might be a great idea. Now I just have to locate a fifth wheel manufacturer (that I can afford) that will install the unit. They can be retrofitted but the installation is pretty involved.
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My problem is finding a 5ver that I want and suits our needs let alone can afford. There are just too many options out there and then trying to look at every aspect to consider from construction to customer service one can lose ones mind.

Any way back to topic, if one could get this installed it would be a valued asset. Will have to research more to see if I should add to wish list or need list.
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