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Old 09-13-2020, 07:39 PM   #1
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All Electric or Not

We bought our first class A motorhome about one year ago. No previous experience at all. We bought our current motorhome to see how much we would use it and how well we liked rv'ing. We have been out traveling about 6 weeks in the last year and have had a blast. Now we are going to purchase another motorhome since we are using it more than we thought. We are going for a 2008 or 2009 45ft Newmar Mountain Aire. We are not going to live in it full time. When we are home it will be under cover and plugged into shore power at home. We do not boondock very much, and if and when we do, we run the generator. We usually run the generator going down the road to run the A/C. We live in central MO. We have made two trips to SD, central AR, and we were lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks in southern TX last February. We would have spent more time in TX if we could trust FED EX or UPS to overnight freight the grandkids safely. Now to the question. What are the advantages of an all electric motorhome? Pros or cons. Thanks in advance, Chuck
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For us all electric is best. The refrigerator works even when its 98 degrees outside and the convection is great to cook on. Not having a gas hot water heater means nice long showers even while washing clothes. We seldom boondock but when we do there haven't been any issues, we have 5 house batteries
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I've had both, and I would never go back to having propane. The electric fridge cools much faster. I don't have to worry about leaks. Best of all is I can now go through tunnels that before had restrictions on them. Makes travel so much easier and faster.
The bad think about all electric is that it is much harder to boondock with it. We don't boondock so that is a moot point for us. That's my two cents.
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As stated, if pedestal to pedestal or plugged in at the house, all electric is fine. If boondocking, propane cooking and refrigeration will save your batteries and lower gen run time. I live in hurricane country where the grid can go out, and I don't want to only rely on my generator to cook and keep food cold.
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About a year ago we went from an '08 DP to a '15, all electric DP. Though I was skeptical of the all electric I did it all on faith, reckoning that folks smarter than me had designed and executed the build. I've been generally quite pleased.

We do some boondocking but mostly at HH sites and otherwise rarely more than four days. I end up running the genset a few hours a day ti charge batteries and also when cooking inside. Hope to add solar one day.

I really like the benefits. My negative is the induction cooking as I really prefer a flame. So, I grill outside a lot.
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Thanks for the information from all! We do not plan on being anywhere without power but things happen. We might even prefer electric cooktop since we are not big cooks. I appreciate the help.
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As stated, if pedestal to pedestal or plugged in at the house, all electric is fine. If boondocking, propane cooking and refrigeration will save your batteries and lower gen run time. I live in hurricane country where the grid can go out, and I don't want to only rely on my generator to cook and keep food cold.
While the ^^^ is true...OK, the lack of generator reliability is suspect, replacing my NoCold was the best mod EVER and we’re boondockers. My generator runtime actually decreased BUT I added an additional 100A battery charger ($150). Unlike the NoCold which I checked on constantly, after putting my 21 cuft Whirlpool on a KW meter for a week (costs 16 cents/day to run) I haven’t worried about it. Unlike the NoCold which I turned off after ever use (fire hazard is real) it stays on 24/7/52.

DW preferred a gas flame but after getting an induction it’s what she used the most. Our “new” had a propane oven/cook top which I removed and replaced with an induction cooktop. Did buy a propane single burner which can be used inside or out.
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While the ^^^ is true...OK, the lack of generator reliability is suspect, replacing my NoCold was the best mod EVER and we’re boondockers. My generator runtime actually decreased BUT I added an additional 100A battery charger ($150). Unlike the NoCold which I checked on constantly, after putting my 21 cuft Whirlpool on a KW meter for a week (costs 16 cents/day to run) I haven’t worried about it. Unlike the NoCold which I turned off after ever use (fire hazard is real) it stays on 24/7/52.

DW preferred a gas flame but after getting an induction it’s what she used the most. Our “new” had a propane oven/cook top which I removed and replaced with an induction cooktop. Did buy a propane single burner which can be used inside or out.
Old argument, no winners. I install the ARP fridge defend on all my coaches so not really worried about fridge fires. After Hurricane Ike, lived in my coach is Galveston for 3 weeks while repairing house, RV gen ran out of fuel after 2 weeks, but still had cold beer in my absorption fridge and could cook. Did change propane flame to electric heating element on fridge when gen was running, or when solar was really good. [only 500 watts of solar]
But I am a kind of belt and suspenders guy.
We carry a portable induction single element, and DW uses it if whenever possible.
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When installed correctly, absorption refrigerators work well. Yes we had the Norcold 1200 series refrigerators start fires.
Our 25 years old Dometic still keeps the ice cream hard in the freezer and keeps the refrigerator side at just above freezing. It was installed correctly.
We spend most of our time off grid and don't need the extra battery drain of a compressor refrigerator. YEs I know, more batteries and more solar and I could have a compressor refrigerator.


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Thanks for all the opinions. I like the option of running our current fridge on electric or propane just in case of problems. If I don't worry about that I will worry about something else. OCD sucks! We leave our current propane/electric fridge on all the time, even when we are home, didn't know about possible fire hazard! It is plugged in to shore power when at home. I really appreciate all the help. I suppose it will come down to which motorhome we find that suits the best. Not knowing anything about an all electric motorhome, I thought I could use all the help I can get. Thanks!
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Our longer term goal is All-Electric, just to eliminate the hassles of getting propane and saving the space for the tank. Compressor fridge for me is a no-brainer even in non All-electric coaches. It will run off a good bank of batteries for quite a while. Biggest limitation for All-Electric is sites that don't offer 50 Amp service. The coach power system will start shedding loads on 30 Amp and some induction cook tops (like Wolf) will only work on 50 Amp. Neighbors aren't too happy when running the generator in the campground to cook.
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Fortunately we have not been anywhere we could not get 50 amps. Being new to rving we have tons to learn. We already learned that some people do not like the generator running. We had not even gotten out of the RV yet, and he was already upset about the generator running. So far everyone else has been super nice and helpful. Thanks for all of the help.
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Old argument, no winners. I install the ARP fridge defend on all my coaches so not really worried about fridge fires. After Hurricane Ike, lived in my coach is Galveston for 3 weeks while repairing house, RV gen ran out of fuel after 2 weeks, but still had cold beer in my absorption fridge and could cook. Did change propane flame to electric heating element on fridge when gen was running, or when solar was really good. [only 500 watts of solar]
But I am a kind of belt and suspenders guy.
We carry a portable induction single element, and DW uses it if whenever possible.

Jcussen, with all due respect, you didn't plan well. I have had two ALL electric coaches and used the first one to boondock in Quartzsite, AZ, with my RV buddies every year for 5 yrs. straight for 5-7 days at a time. With 150 gallon diesel tank and diesel Onan, I could run for a long time. And, if I couldn't move the coach, a fuel can would replenish the diesel.

I only had to run the genny for 2 hours in the morning and 2 in the evening for cooking, etc. Now, this was in the winter so no air conditioning was needed. I could probably have been there for six months! (maybe, LOL).

My current coach has a 230 gallon diesel tank so I could boondock for quiet sometime.

No propane for me!!! I have electric heat or a diesel fired furnace. Propane is old technology and dangerous. Induction cooking, convection microwave, etc., inside, grill (whatever fuel).... outside!

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For me, and just for me, I would never have an all electric. We like to cook with propane. Hot water is provided by aqua-hot. Electrical issues happen, and it's the last thing I want to do at the end of the day is trying and figure that out before we can cook dinner. And the newer coaches with all the touch screens and stuff, no thanks.

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