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Old 09-23-2022, 08:48 AM   #1
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All Electric or Not

Hey all,

We are looking to upgrade to a class A diesel and we’re wondering what the advantage, or disadvantages are to an all electric motorhome. We own a class C so we do have experience with a propane RV.

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To me having a safe residential refrigerator is #1. Plus they just work better. Hydronic heating and hot water. Not having to stop at a second location for propane. The list goes on. It's really the standard now in diesel pushers. You will love the endless hot water showers.
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Old 09-23-2022, 09:01 AM   #3
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We recently upgrade from a 02 American Eagle with propane to an 08 all electric (the PO left the propane tank in the storage bay). It does have a Aqua Hot diesel furnace/water heater. Having the residential fridge is nice, but not that big of a deal for us. Our propane fridge with the Amish unit worked just fine and had enough room for us. No need to defrost anymore, which was a pain in the butt. The water is not as hot as it was with the water heater in the old coach, but that might be a faulty thermostat.(replacing that soon). Other than those, we don’t notice any difference. But we only boondock for a night if we are on a road trip.

Oh. I will say that i got rid of the propane tank, so having a whole extra storage bay is so nice.
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Old 09-23-2022, 10:27 PM   #4
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We have an all electric 2014 Tiffin Allegro Bus. The residential refrig works great and is maintenance free. AquaHot works great on electric for cool nights (for the furnace) and for my quick showers. For cold nights and my wife's longer showers, the diesel burner works great.

What I don't really like is the induction cooktop requires 50A service or the generator. It's 220v believe it or not.

Plus, due to burn bans and bans on transporting firewood in most areas, we got a propane firepit. (Great by the way.) And a gas Blackstone. So now I have to carry a 20 lbs propane tank. Those with the propane tank built in just add an outside tap.

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To me having a safe residential refrigerator is #1. Plus they just work better. Hydronic heating and hot water. Not having to stop at a second location for propane. The list goes on. It's really the standard now in diesel pushers. You will love the endless hot water showers.
That about covers it.
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One fuel for everything! And either a 100 or (in our case 150) gallon tank runs diesel generator, heat, hot water, etc for many weeks if need be.

Much safer with no open flames, and I can go through any tunnel without worrying about shutting off propane first.

Saw first hand last spring when that freak cold snap hit, how EVERY place was out of propane, or wouldn’t pump it, or only on certain days……we were really glad we didn’t need propane!
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If you plan on only staying in parks with power, fine, go fully electric.

As for us, we enjoy the extra room of provincial and state parks that often require dry camping.

I will stick with our propane/solar system for that reason. To each their own.

We are good for around a week if we start with empty holding tanks and a full freshwater tank. And the Norcold 1210 fridge works great thanks to the Fridge Defend and extra fan.

YMMV.
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If you plan on only staying in parks with power, fine, go fully electric.



As for us, we enjoy the extra room of provincial and state parks that often require dry camping.



I will stick with our propane/solar system for that reason. To each their own.

Just to balance out your first statement…..this is not necessary true.

You state you have solar…..with a solar system, systems without propane can dry camp just as long as you….only water and holding tanks are the limiting factor in this case.

Newer DP’s have lots of batteries, and big generators. Almost every park without power I’m aware of has some generator hours permitted. Only takes 2-4 hours of generator run time to recharge enough for another 24 hours of use. If you want to upgrade to lithium and or solar, it’s possible to eliminate most generator run time (provided you have sun !)
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Mine is all electric
We like it.
A few things, if. You have a hydronic heater. Like Aquahot, it’s about $350-400 a yr just in service. It needs service every year. Also, Aquahot suggest you turn it on once a month when not in use, so that is one more thing to exercise every month with the generator, Jacks, and slide outs.

That’s the only negative.
But if your motorhome is next to your house, it’s easy to do.

Also, make sure you have a good inverter and good Gel or Lithuim batteries for the house.
As to the inverter, we have a 3000 watt inverter. I which we had a bigger one. But it’s what Winnebago put on this RV. I guess they made up for it with a 240 amp alternator to charge the batteries better.
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You have gotten many good responses. I will add that there are tunnels that do no permit propane in them. An all electric gives you the advantage of being able to go through them.
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If you plan on only staying in parks with power, fine, go fully electric.

As for us, we enjoy the extra room of provincial and state parks that often require dry camping.

I will stick with our propane/solar system for that reason. To each their own.

We are good for around a week if we start with empty holding tanks and a full freshwater tank. And the Norcold 1210 fridge works great thanks to the Fridge Defend and extra fan.

YMMV.
Plus 1 million. Just depends on how you like to camp. No offense intended to the people that think a propane fridge is going to explode, that was a handful of fridges, they were recalled (you can easily check if your fridge is one of them) and it's now moved into Bigfoot territory. Which you can easily go hunting for off grid if you have flexible fuel sources.
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We like not having to deal with the LP. No looking around for LP, no waiting around for it, no asking someone to come out to give us a fill. It's nice not having to wait between showers for the water to get hot also. We like going through the few tunnels around that don't allow LP tanks and not having to stop for "inspection" for those that do allow it but don't trust you to know whether it's shut off or not. Otherwise, there's not much difference in our use and enjoyment. This is our first all electric and we wouldn't go back.
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If you plan on only staying in parks with power, fine, go fully electric.

As for us, we enjoy the extra room of provincial and state parks that often require dry camping.

I will stick with our propane/solar system for that reason. To each their own.

We are good for around a week if we start with empty holding tanks and a full freshwater tank. And the Norcold 1210 fridge works great thanks to the Fridge Defend and extra fan.

YMMV.
My all electric RV with a 23 cu ft Samsung Fridge can go 3 days unplugged. Also, most have AutoGen setup to kick in when voltage drops to 12.0 or even lower depending how you set it. I can go for days and days. AutoGen kicks in and charge it to 13.3 volts. We might go a day before the AutoGen kicks in for a hour or so. My generator can bulk charge my batteries at 60 amps.
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Just to balance out your first statement…..this is not necessary true.

You state you have solar…..with a solar system, systems without propane can dry camp just as long as you….only water and holding tanks are the limiting factor in this case.

Newer DP’s have lots of batteries, and big generators. Almost every park without power I’m aware of has some generator hours permitted. Only takes 2-4 hours of generator run time to recharge enough for another 24 hours of use. If you want to upgrade to lithium and or solar, it’s possible to eliminate most generator run time (provided you have sun !)
Not if surrounded by trees. I have propane 1200 watts solar,10,000 AH lithium, 12 v fridge, hydronic heat(diesel and electric) heat pumps and electric heated floors, and large diesel Gen. Propane for cook top, hot water ( in addition to electric and hydronic) out side grill and fire pit. We prefer gas cook top but that is personal preference, but also great if trying to conserve electricity. We like having multiple options so we can adapt to different situations, ( some planned some unplanned) Propane is just another tool in the tool box.
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