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Old 08-04-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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What is referred to as cheap heat?

My 5th wheel is equipped with heat pumps,electris fireplace and propane furnace...But here is my question I have read thread that refer too a cheap heat system in there 5er,what is cheap heat???
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My 5th wheel is equipped with heat pumps,electris fireplace and propane furnace...But here is my question I have read thread that refer too a cheap heat system in there 5er,what is cheap heat???
My guess would be snuggling with a loved one or this electric insert system.
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There is a furnace add-on that is electric heat and trade named Cheap Heat because in many campgrounds the electric is included in your site fee.

My guess is that once the campgrounds realize how much electricity is being used, it will no longer be cheap. And it can't be very efficient.


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Old 08-04-2015, 01:33 PM   #4
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Here is the website: CheapHeat

Most reports I have read of really like it--get to use the furnace blower but not on propane. It actually works just like the resistance heat in the furnace in your home.
Yes, if electricity is included in the campsite, then cheaper than using your own propane.
It's been out several years now--DRV offers it as an option on new units, probably others do also. And I don't think it will ever come to the point that they ask if you have such a unit before renting you a space--if electric rates are that important to the campground, they are already going to charge separately for it.

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Old 08-04-2015, 02:01 PM   #5
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We have 2
1200 watt heaters we plug in during the winter (above freezing outside) and they keep my 35' HM nice and warm without propane or the heat pump
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My 5th wheel is equipped with heat pumps,electris fireplace and propane furnace...But here is my question I have read thread that refer too a cheap heat system in there 5er,what is cheap heat???
suiteowner;
The so called "Cheap Heat" add on electric heating system is far from cheap.... (and IT IS NOT recommended by any RV furnace manufacturer).
See: CheapHeat
IMO all you get with a Cheap Heat add on is bragging rights and a thinner wallet.
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The so called "Cheap Heat" add on electric heating system is far from cheap.... (and IT IS NOT recommended by any RV furnace manufacturer).
See: CheapHeat
IMO all you get with a Cheap Heat add on is bragging rights and a thinner wallet.
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You wouldn't be the guy known as Pianotuna on another forum, would you?

The only detractors I've ever seen for CheapHeat are those who have not actually owned and operated one. I have yet to see any complaints from actual owners other than wishing they had gotten it sooner.

Reduced heating costs (which may or may not recoup the initial expense over time, depending on how you RV) is not the only advantage of the Cheap heat electric heat system. Not having to wrestle with heavy propane tanks frequently is a huge plus, especially for older full timers. Propane isn't always available in some areas. Convenience is another plus. The CheapHeat system is safer than a bunch of portable electric heaters and doesn't look ghetto like the portables do (other than a tiny switch, one doesn't ever see the Cheap Heat system). CheapHeat delivers more even electric heat than portables and will also deliver the heat to the basement, if you have one.
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You wouldn't be the guy known as Pianotuna on another forum, would you?

The only detractors I've ever seen for CheapHeat are those who have not actually owned and operated one. I have yet to see any complaints from actual owners other than wishing they had gotten it sooner.

Reduced heating costs (which may or may not recoup the initial expense over time, depending on how you RV) is not the only advantage of the Cheap heat electric heat system. Not having to wrestle with heavy propane tanks frequently is a huge plus, especially for older full timers. Propane isn't always available in some areas. Convenience is another plus. The CheapHeat system is safer than a bunch of portable electric heaters and doesn't look ghetto like the portables do (other than a tiny switch, one doesn't ever see the Cheap Heat system). CheapHeat delivers more even electric heat than portables and will also deliver the heat to the basement, if you have one.
And it costs A LOT, (aka: is not "cheap"), to buy and not inexpensive to install....especial if you have to pay someone for the installation).
BTW, sounds like Pianotuna has common sense, (and no "Cheap Heat" to brag about).
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Here is the website: CheapHeat

Most reports I have read of really like it--get to use the furnace blower but not on propane. It actually works just like the resistance heat in the furnace in your home.
Yes, if electricity is included in the campsite, then cheaper than using your own propane.
It's been out several years now--DRV offers it as an option on new units, probably others do also. And I don't think it will ever come to the point that they ask if you have such a unit before renting you a space--if electric rates are that important to the campground, they are already going to charge separately for it.

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I am fairly certain DRV does NOT install CheapHeat. The dealers will do the install if it's wanted.

I was sold when we were at RollingRetreats in January. We went inside a 38' DRV in the shop that the temp was easily in the low 30's. Alicia turned on the CheapHeat and within minutes the Suite was warm!

No it probably will never pay for it's self but we are able to afford it and it was well worth not having to fill propane tanks or have space heaters running. We also have the fireplace and it works great to take the chill off in the morning.
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Folks I was just curious what cheap heat was...I live in Md. and we travel and camp April through November then I winterize our 5er...So I don't have a need for cheap heat...Thanks for the replies
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And it costs A LOT, (aka: is not "cheap"), to buy and not inexpensive to install....especial if you have to pay someone for the installation).
BTW, sounds like Pianotuna has common sense, (and no "Cheap Heat" to brag about).
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No one is making you buy it and having it installed so why are you so dead set to knock it even though you have no experience with it?
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Cummins--
My mistake, thought I remembered they installed them, but you are right--dealer option.
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My mistake, thought I remembered they installed them, but you are right--dealer option.

Hey we gotta keep each other straight! They really should offer it IMHO.
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Folks I was just curious what cheap heat was...I live in Md. and we travel and camp April through November then I winterize our 5er...So I don't have a need for cheap heat...Thanks for the replies
Like us you have a perfectly good heat pump and a nice electric fireplace, so you really, REALLY don't have a need for Cheap Heat!
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