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Old 03-13-2015, 04:12 PM   #15
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Didnt think we would like it. Scoffed at them when we looked at some of the RV shows. Well we had an eye opening. Use it more than we ever thought we would.

We had portables in the 5er. We would store them under the bed and have to drag them out when we wanted to use them. Then they would be sitting on the floor so we would have to walk and work around them.

Fireplace. Have to love it. Has a remote too, how good is that?

Next RV will have a fireplace.
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Old 03-13-2015, 05:15 PM   #16
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We had an electric fireplace in our last 5er before getting the MH. We loved it! You can have the fireplace "burning" with or without heat. It's very relaxing to sit there and relax watching the flames!

We used ours for heat a lot! It had a built-in 1500 watt heater with blower, same as most of the portable heaters.

I wish we had someplace to install one in the MH!
Our Grand Junction 5er had 2 of them also. I forget the brand now, but that one had a recall issued for the remote unit catching fire behind the fireplace. I lucked out, no remotes.
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I think there is a relativity factor. In a 40 ft DP there is evidently more cupboard than is needed by two people. Stick one in a 30 ft or smaller unit and storage is the major issue. It eats cabinet space and can easily be replaces with an 8 inch cube heater.
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We opted against a fireplace. Other than looking nice, they offer no advantages over a portable heater. All inside heaters of that type are limited to 1500 watts. We got two portable Lasko small towers from WM. We move them where they are needed (livingroom, bath, bedroom), they put out 1500 watts each, store under the bed and we gain the storage space we would loose with a fireplace.
We did the same as Cat320. Our coach came with a fireplace as standard equipment, and we had the factory delete it and provide a large storage cabinet in its place. We already have 3 heat pumps and an Aquahot. How much heat does an RV need? We find the extra storage much more valuable to us.
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We have two heat pumps and hydronic heating (Oasis). The problem is that both are loud. It's nice to not have to hear the heater fans on the large units running in the evening!
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:51 AM   #21
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Thanks for all the feedback.
We're in a 25' Travel Trailer, so it's either the gas furnace or a space heater. No heat pumps or aqua hot for us right now.
Ironically, the one thing we are not short on is storage space. What we are short on is floor space and the space heater is constantly in the way, especially when the dogs are with us.
Hindsight 20/20, a built in fireplace sounds like it should have been on my must-have list.
Thankfully it's an option on the unit I have my eye on.
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Add me to the list of thought they were dumb, but now will not have another coach without one.
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Good thread. Don't currently have one, instead have a small portable electric heater. Next coach will put one on the desirable feature list.
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We're in the "Thought they were silly" crowd, but got tired of moving and storing the portable heater. Now we wouldn't be without it.
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The blower in our electric fireplace is very weak. From 6 feet away, you can't really feel the heat. Nice ambiance, though.
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We have one that we had installed in our Newmar Ventana and it works extremely well, especially to quickly take the chill out of the main cabin. When my wife insisted on having one I thought it was just so much fluff, but it really does serve a useful purpose, so I guess she was right as usual!
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Love ours. We heat one half of our 43 ft 5er with it. The half we close off when it's going to be to freezing or worse, and use the furnace pretty much just to warm the underbelly, to keep stuff from freezing.

The flames are very relaxing. Also ,you don't have to carry wood in, or clean out the ashes :-)
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Did not have one in our 5ver...was always using a space heater which was always in the way. Under our television.....there was a wood panel....popped it out and found it was just deep enough to mount a fireplace. Shopped HD online and found the size we wanted. Had it in a couple of days....it has the adjustable flame feature and 750/1500 watt selector. It is so quiet you can hardly hear it run. Would always want another fireplace in and if we change 5ver's.
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