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Old 06-28-2019, 06:13 PM   #1
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Would you buy a fireplace again?

Thanks to everyone who responded to my last post of "Would you buy a dishwasher again." The overwhelming response was yes you would. Because of your responses we are going to order a dishwasher when we order the coach.

Because everyone has been so helpful I have another question; would you buy a fireplace again? If so, why? Do you use it a lot? Do you just turn on the flame without the heat, for ambience, or do you also turn on the heat with the flame? Do you use it just to take the chill off in the evening or do you use it to heat the room? Since we will order the coach with Aqua Hot do any of you have Aqua Hot or Oasis and a fireplace, if so, do you use your fireplace?

My wife wants the fireplace and I don't. Strangely enough I want the dishwasher and she doesn't. Your thoughts please.

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Old 06-28-2019, 06:16 PM   #2
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Just put in a fireplace and a dishwasher. Perhaps we are behind the times. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-28-2019, 06:23 PM   #3
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The coach we just bought doesnít have one so itís not a deal breaker item for me, but if I were ordering Iíd get it as I enjoyed using it in the early mornings to heat the living room up while DW slept.
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Old 06-28-2019, 06:50 PM   #4
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Both of our coaches have had a fireplace. They work great for warming up a room on a cool morning or evening without running the heat full blast.
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Old 06-28-2019, 07:02 PM   #5
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We had two in our last 5er, we would NOT buy them again. All they are is a 1,500W electric heater with an artificial log inside. We would instead save that space and use it for storage, then carry a stand-alone electric heater,so we could move it wherever we desired some added heat on a chilly morning.
The brand we had issued a recall on them due to fires starting at the plug, which is hidden from view.
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Old 06-28-2019, 07:12 PM   #6
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I installed a fireplace in our fifth wheel 2 years ago and we use it mostly to heat the place up in the morning. I mounted the fireplace on drawer tracks so I can still access the shelves that were in the cabinet and added a strap to keep it secure on travel days.
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Old 06-28-2019, 07:24 PM   #7
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"skitcharoo"......In our 2014 Dutch Star, that we bought off the lot, it came wit a fireplace. At first we laughed and thought it was a novelty. That quickly ended when we realized at how well it heated the coach. It was also convenient. No need to drag out an electric heater. Ours had a remote and on a chilly morning, we would just turn it on and take the chill off of the room. I like to sleep without forced air heat, like the Aqua Hot or heat pump running. By turning on the fireplace when we went to bed, the heat would migrate into the bedroom and keep it warm without blasting on and off like the other units.

Now here is one caveat. Our 2019 came with the fireplace as part of our floorplan. It works the same as out last one, but we also ordered heated tile floors. The heated floors are AMAZING for keeping a coach warm. We can keep the coach in the low 70's with the heated floors, even in 30 degree weather. You do have to turn them on and wait awhile for them to get warm, so on those days where we're surprised by a cold evening, the fireplace is still nice to use until the floors catch up.
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Old 06-28-2019, 08:24 PM   #8
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We would have both the dishwasher and the fireplace along with the heated floors. The fireplace is handy to "take the chill off" We use ours a lot in the mornings especially
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Old 06-28-2019, 09:40 PM   #9
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It really is nothing more than an over priced electric space heater imo. We do use it, but do not need it

I really like the gas fireplace in our stick house.
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Old 06-28-2019, 10:13 PM   #10
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Yes I would and did. Our first Tiffin came with a fireplace and like Don I didn't think we would use it. Boy was I wrong. We used it all the time in cold weather and found it kept the living area warm without using propane. When we ordered our second Tiffin, that was the first requirement. We debated about heated floors and wound up ordering them too. That was another great choice. With the fireplace and heated floors, we have been in 20 degree weather and the furnace hardly ever came on. It is sure nice to get up in the night and step on warm floors instead of ice cold tile.
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Old 06-28-2019, 10:38 PM   #11
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I'm surprised! Most people I have talked to would rather have the cabinet space. Its nice to see that people are enjoying the fireplaces.
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Old 06-29-2019, 09:49 AM   #12
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Put us in the yes we would do it again for all of the reason stated. I know it is nothing more that a 1500 watt heater but I also like the ambience that comes with the fireplace. Hard to explain but in the winter time, having it on, seems more "like home". Kind of funny because we full time and it is our home. Some will understand what I mean.

Oh, and if you can get heated floors, heck yes.
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Old 06-29-2019, 10:13 AM   #13
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We have one in our '16 Canyon Star. We have used it some, but I am not sure that it is worth the money they cost. How much is propane? That said, it does add an interesting affect to the living room on a cool/cold morning - especially if I am not having to pay the electric bill.
If I ordered a new coach? Likely not unless the sales guy included it in the total package price
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Old 06-29-2019, 11:22 AM   #14
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Fireplace has been and is the most used item in our MH and in the 5th wheels prior

If you only camp in 90 degrees or warmer then don't get it

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