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Old 03-19-2012, 01:14 AM   #1
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Propane questions

I am researching for a big horn 26'-28'. I have seen reviews to get a heat pump to reduce propane usage. Also watched a advertisment for a system called CheapHeat system that wires into the water heater. Anyone heard about the comany or have one. I watched the demo on U-Tube.

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There's a long-running thread here on iRV2 discussing this CheapHeat system HERE.

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Old 03-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #3
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Heat pumps don't work under about 45 degrees. If you have access to power, get a couple of portable heaters, we have two Lasko towers, work great.
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:54 PM   #4
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I have heard of Cheap Heat and looked at their site. It takes extensive modification, and most of the time I'm hooked up to shore power- so I just use a heater- much cheaper!
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so I just use a heater- much cheaper!
Buy and install the "Cheap Heat' and you will find it isn't so cheap. Much more cost effective to buy a couple of 1500 Watt electric heaters.

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I have installed the cheap heat system in my 38 foot mobile suite. It works great and is saving me money when I'm camping during the winter months. My last trip was Feb. for Mardi Gras this year and my system worked perfect. I set the system at 68 degrees and the inside of my camper stayed even and did not have to cover up while inside the camper. I feel that this system I'll pay for its self in three to four years from the propane I'm saving. I know that a lot of people are saying that the heater unit blower motor is too load. I'm know first hand that the blower motor is not that load. I think they are hearing the gas system side of the heater noise. My system turns on for the needed time to heat the camper up and then only comes on for 1 to 2 min at a time to maintain the set temperature. I love this system!!!!!!!!!
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We like others use a couple of small 1500 Watt Electric heaters to supplement the coaches propane heat.
Low cost solution that works great.
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We LIVE in our Mobile Suite. We have two 40 gallon tanks in it. We use about 1 each of the 40 gallon per month in the winter months. At the going rate that's ~ $30 per month. We use the heat pump if the temps are above 40 because of the insulation in our unit, it works for us. I understand that units not as well insulated may need additional heaters. I don't think "Cheap Heat" will save you any money once you see what the cost is, the amount of electricity it uses and what a kilowatt cost in your location.

You should be aware of the fact that Paw John is a dealer for "Cheap Heat".
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My heat pump works down too about 28 then automatically switches to the furnace. Wouldn't have one without it.
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Something is not adding up with your math!!!!! If your are going through one 40 gallon tank a month at let's say $2.50 per gallon that would be $100.00 cost per month. While it's only costing me $ 00.00 per month to heat my camper per month by gas because I'm all electric with no small electric heaters in the way.Cheap Heat is for me!!!!!!
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Cheap Heat is for me!!!!!!
It should be noted that Paw John is a dealer for the Cheap Heat system.

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Let't talk about my being a Cheap Heat Dealer. I camped during the winter of 2010 and went through two 40 lbs. of propane in one week of camping. Yes I was new to winter camping. I too started using two 1500 watt portable heaters and one oil filled radiator type heater. This worked for me until one of my grand daughters was camping with us and knocked one heater over. I panicked and grabbed it and burnt myself. With the three heater going and the gas heater set at 55 degrees I went through one 40 lbs. bottle and about one quarter of the second bottle. I had my two bottles refilled when I returned from my camping trip, at a cost of $86.00 dollars. That's when I started to research a cheaper and safer system. That system is th Cheap Heat System and yes it's not Cheap. I'm 53 years old and still work for a living but look forward to retirement. I looked for a dealer near South Louisiana and found no dealers in my area. I contacted Mr. Larry and through many e-mails and also talking on the phone, he offered to let me become a dealer and install my own Cheap Heat System. I would of padded to have a dealer install it at and extra $500.00 to $700.00 labor cost. The way I figur that by the time I do retire this system will long be payed for and saved me a lot of money. I have installed this unit in my camper in march of 2011 and have been enjoying my first year of winter camping with my Cheap Heat System. This system keeps my camper evenly heated and safely heated. Yes I'm a Cheap Heat Dealer and as of this date I have not installed any in any one's camper due to me not pushing to open a business. I have a good job at this time and hope to stay employed until time of retirement. My future plans is to install solar panels and a complete system to camp off grid also. I figur this will be a two to three year of saving my pennies to afford this. My camper is a 2004 36 foot Mobile Suite and has two a/c units but are not heat strip type. The cost of changing two a/c units out to one's with heat strips are heat pumps would of cost me more. This is my story and sticking to it. I only talk from experience that the Cheap Heat System is a great system. From what I'm reading this system will soon be installed at the factory during the build, so ask your RV dealer about this when buying a new RV. Thanks for all the comments because we still can voice our side in this country!!!!!! Sorry for being so long winded.
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I have also installed the "Cheap Heat" system and really like it. Like Paw Jon I did my own installation and have no desire to be a dealer. Retired. Where we winter we have full hook up but the closest place with LP is 20 miles away. They want a $20 delivery charge on top of the cost the LP.
After living with those portable heaters for many years it was an easy decision for me.
I too believe that we will start seeing the system as an option or even standard equipment in the near future now that it has full RVIA approval.
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one thing the remember when winter camping. if your holding tanks do NOT have any type of electrical heating, but rasher depend on being in heated space, when using an external heating device your tanks will reside in a reduced heating environment. Too much and they may start freezing. Just because your underbelly is enclosed don't assume the tanks have any heating elements or heated pads. Many depend on the coach heat source to heat the area where the tanks are.
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