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Old 08-05-2016, 06:12 PM   #15
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In our Bounder, there wouldn't be space useful for anything else and the 1200 watts of heat have kept us from having to turn on the heat pumps or the furnace so far this year.
X2....I don't really see what would fit in it's place, so I don't see it as a waste of space. But for my money it is well worth it and we use it all the time. It's definitely not just for show. It puts out a lot of heat, has several settings and we use it all the time instead of the heater/heat pumps. It makes it nice and cozy while sitting and watching TV, and ours actually looks like a real fire. Someone posted that if you want to see a fire in your MH you can just put that fireplace video in the TV. Well now you can't watch TV and you are still cold.

You will read of others who bring the portable electric heaters to heat the MH, but to me that is a waste of space, both when using and storing, as well as not being as safe as a permanently mounted fireplace. When I get up in the morning, I just hit the remote and the fireplace heater quickly takes away the morning chill.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:32 PM   #16
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You can go to WalMart and buy a similar output heater in a very small size if space is a consideration for you.

If you didn't buy it as an option, what else would be in its place? Cabinets? If so, we'd choose the cabinets. If nothing would be there perhaps you could even put a recliner in its space.
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We opted for a Lasko portable heater...has the same 750 or 1,500 watts of power, plus it's portable (stores under the bed in the summer). Plus we have an extra cabinet for storage that we'd lose with a FP and can move the Lasko to where we need the heat, like bathroom for showers in the winter.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:59 PM   #18
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You can go to WalMart and buy a similar output heater in a very small size if space is a consideration for you.

If you didn't buy it as an option, what else would be in its place? Cabinets? If so, we'd choose the cabinets. If nothing would be there perhaps you could even put a recliner in its space.
You really need to see how they are installed. They are under the living room TV, which is on the outside wall of the 1/2 bath. There is no way the cabinet would hold even be able to store towels, blankets ect, let alone enough room to put a recliner in the space it takes up. The cabinet above the TV is only deep enough for CDs/videos/remotes ect. That is the about same size cabinet you would be able add. Think of the space the TV fits in, that is about how deep and wide it actually is. Carrying a small portable one would take up more usable storage space, and be in the way when used. It is very compact and convenient.
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Are they all made the same - incorporated into the television cabinet? I thought I've seen some that were more freestanding - not with the tv. Different floorplans from different manufacturers might give more cabinet space if it didn't have the fireplace.
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We use ours to knock the chill off and warm the seating area and it does a good job at that. We would definitely want one in another coach especially since the SIL sleeps on the couch and likes it a little warmer. But the best thing to do is check one out for yourself in a cool coach.
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Our new TT has one, and we didn't give it much thought when we took delivery other than the flames would be nice ambiance......the first time it got chilly inside and we tried the heater side of it was an "oh, wow" moment. It's perfect for quickly taking the chill off in the morning and keeping things comfy at night while watching movies.

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We had an electric fireplace in a 5er which we loved! We could use it for the heat or just the atmosphere! The "flames" were so realistic you could not tell them from the real thing! We would love to have one in the MH, but there's just no place to put it!
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We are Full -time RVers and prefer to have the room for storage over an expensive decorative piece. You can purchase from Walmart, Home Depot or any one of a number of other stores a much smaller ceramic heater for less than $30.00. The heaters produce the exact same 1500 Watts maximum that the expensive and large fixed fireplaces make. Plus you have the option of moving or directing the heat to other areas.

One RV we bought had one and we had the dealer remove the fireplace and replace the cabinet doors.

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Not all 1500 watts is the same. We had one of those 1500 watt cubes until it broke. We bough a DuraFlame 1500 watt heater and it was a world of difference.

The cubes blow the air across the heating coils once before leaving the cube. The DuraFlame is a lot bigger and routes the air across the heating lamps three times before exiting. Therefore there is more heat content in the air.

Won't say that the electric fireplaces are like the DurraFlame but they are better than a cube.

In our Bounder, the fireplace is in the wall under the TV. It there was no fireplace, we would have a space no deeper than three inches. Not much use to that.
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Not all 1500 watts is the same. We had one of those 1500 watt cubes until it broke. We bough a DuraFlame 1500 watt heater and it was a world of difference.

The cubes blow the air across the heating coils once before leaving the cube. The DuraFlame is a lot bigger and routes the air across the heating lamps three times before exiting. Therefore there is more heat content in the air.

Won't say that the electric fireplaces are like the DurraFlame but they are better than a cube.

In our Bounder, the fireplace is in the wall under the TV. It there was no fireplace, we would have a space no deeper than three inches. Not much use to that.

I would be interested in what model Duraflame heater you are talking about. The one I I think you are talking about looks interesting. But it doesn't say how many amps it draws and doesn't give dimensions. Can you help out. It also doesn't indicate the airflow pathway that you described.
Thanks for your help.
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Ours will take the morning chill off in less than 10 minutes, or heat the coach nicely on a cool evening. It is a feature in a new MH that we would not be without. It's right up there with a separate washer & dryer.
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It's energy, 1500 watts of heat is 1500 watts of heat. it's dissipated into the coach, whether it has a fan or it's radiant.

When at a CG, we'll use electric heaters as opposed to propane. It's quieter than the propane heaters, and it's free since included in CG rate. The fireplace keeps the main cabin warm, and we have a little HomeDepot generic heater cube which we'll either put in the bedroom or under the dinette. Both are on their own thermostats.

They'll keep the coach warm typically down to almost freezing temperatures. Colder than that at night and I'm not out camping.

So from a heat perspective, either the fireplace or a cube will give same amount of heat. Fireplace just looks a lot nicer.
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I would be interested in what model Duraflame heater you are talking about.
One like this

Heat in one spot doesn't heat an area.
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