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View Poll Results: What type of heat do you prefer?
LP Gas 19 38.00%
Electric 6 12.00%
None 2 4.00%
Both 23 46.00%
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:22 PM   #1
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We're renovating the few things that are required in Gladys (88 Bigfoot fifth wheel) and I've been thinking about a comment that Laura made about replacing our LP heater with an electric model.

Currently, we have the stock LP heater that the manufacturer installed in our camper and I believe we need to upgrade the regulator and feed lines to the tanks. Both of the lines are the old style fittings and I'd prefer the newer "no tool" connections. On any given night/morning we have a small portable electric heater that we've pulled out of a drawer to quickly knock the chill out of the air while still inside.

However, I was wondering if it might not be better to swap the old gas unit for a new one or maybe switch all over to electric. I realize that this is a very polarizing issue and that there are manufacturers, like EggCamper, that use electric fixtures exclusively.

What do you think?
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We're renovating the few things that are required in Gladys (88 Bigfoot fifth wheel) and I've been thinking about a comment that Laura made about replacing our LP heater with an electric model.

Currently, we have the stock LP heater that the manufacturer installed in our camper and I believe we need to upgrade the regulator and feed lines to the tanks. Both of the lines are the old style fittings and I'd prefer the newer "no tool" connections. On any given night/morning we have a small portable electric heater that we've pulled out of a drawer to quickly knock the chill out of the air while still inside.

However, I was wondering if it might not be better to swap the old gas unit for a new one or maybe switch all over to electric. I realize that this is a very polarizing issue and that there are manufacturers, like EggCamper, that use electric fixtures exclusively.

What do you think?
The pigtails are easily replaced so that you get an Acme (no tool required) fitting to connect to the propane tanks. Personally, I don’t understand eliminating the propane furnace. I rarely use mine and typically use a quartz heater. But having the flexibility to use propane for heat when off grid comes in handy when it gets cold and there is no electricity.
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:56 PM   #3
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unhook propane

I can think of no good reason to eliminate propane a friend stays long term in a campground they have meters on the el.

in cold wx the el wont keep up so he had a 100g propane tank installed he and 30 others in the campground!

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Old 04-11-2018, 03:15 PM   #4
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Hello Bill, looking at you photos I’m not sure if your basement is heated or not.
Your furnace looks like the one in my BF 17. And may not have ducts running throughout your trailer.

If your basement is heated, you my want to take that into consideration.
A operating heating system is just another tool. It gives you that extra insurance should you need it.

It makes the diffrents between camping or glumping.
Enjoy your post!
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I guess I'd keep it if it works. I don't have a propane heater in my camper and am not really willing to pay for installing a new one, but if I already had one I would try to keep it running, just good to have options. As it is I have a very quiet generator and an electric heater if I really need it.
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Old 04-11-2018, 03:53 PM   #6
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We were the second owners of a 1999 Scamp which did not have a furnace. The original owners lived in Minnesota and only planned on camping 3 months a year .
( Minnesota Summer) When they retired they decided to do some traveling and bought a new trailer with a furnace . We owned the Scamp for 2 years and then we decided to travel so we bought a trailer with a furnace.
A propane furnace gives you travel options.
If it was my trailer I would make sure the furnace works properly.
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If your propane furnace is in good working condition I would not replace it at all, and if it was in need of replacing, replace it with a quieter propane one.

Personally, are away from the grid more than 75% of the time, so having propane is critical.

Using a portable electric where you are on the grid is a good alternative. I used to do that, but with my 5.0TA I built a 120V toekick heater into the first step to the loft, which is nice in that it is not in the way like a portable can be, and I use a thermostat right by the furnace/AC one to control the temperature.

Having the option of either one is great!



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Old 04-11-2018, 04:14 PM   #8
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The poll makes no sense to me.. which one that I prefer depends. If I have shore power, electric OF COURSE. If I dont have shore power, electric is not even an option.

Now if you asking if you should go all electric, I think only you can know if they will work for you and where you go with your all electric camper.

But I can tell you that I ordered my Scamp without a gas heater with plans to put one in and 2.5 years later I still dont have one and have been forced to find electric campsites when it might be too cold for me to be comfortable. Therefore I am going back to the factory to have one put in (and a little other work). I'm looking forward to the added flexibility
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The poll makes no sense to me.. which one that I prefer depends. If I have shore power, electric OF COURSE. If I dont have shore power, electric is not even an option.
Well, would you look at that. There is now an option for "Both". How did that get there?
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Well, would you look at that. There is now an option for "Both". How did that get there?
I thought only moderators could make that change...

Anyway, when you add an option for a Hot Water Jacuzzi, let me know.. that would be my favorite type of heat.
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I thought only moderators could make that change...

Anyway, when you add an option for a Hot Water Jacuzzi, let me know.. that would be my favorite type of heat.
Do you know of any good moderators that would do that? Is there even such a thing?
Oh wait, you aren't allowed to discuss the merits of moderators in threads, are you? Can I? Oh man, I am not so confuzzled, I might need a wee cocktail.

A hot tub option in any trailer would definitely spike my interest!
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If I could choose anything, I'd choose all electric with a HUGE built-in solar collector and a stove, furnace, A/C and water heater that would run off it.

However, in the real world, for now, we'll take electric. Though if we had propane, I wouldn't get rid of it. So many national areas and others don't offer electric service.

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pretty hard to get solar to work in the shade the one place we camp has no shade anyhwhere unless you want to camp in the 30.00 a night spots but they run electricity.

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pretty tricky jim did you do it?




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Old 04-12-2018, 10:56 AM   #15
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Propane heat is a nuisance, but with electric you either have to plug in, or annoy your neighbors with a generator.
We used a blue flame propane heater for years, with good results, no fan to use up elec., no chimney, it has an O2 sensor to keep us safe.
In the Boler, we use the propane furnace just while we move to somewhere warm.
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We have all electric, and now a Honda 2000 (converted to LP) for when we need it. So far we have not used it as we have drifted campsites with electric (you still need 110v for air conditioning) and we need 110v for hot water and microwave and coffee and battery charging, etc. That's why the Honda makes sense for us - even if its just for a quick hot shower or cup of coffee.

Anyway, I think this works for us now, but once we retire and REALLY travel, we most likely will want LP in the RV. One thing I like about DUAL heat and DUAL hot water - is when you are in a camp with electric, you can leave your LP tanks closed - just a peace of mind thing.

But - to answer your poll - since you have LP water heater, and LP stove, I'd go with BOTH separate electric and LP heat. And the new LP heater would not require any power or fan. This assuming there are VERY safe ones - I have not researched that!
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Who? Little ol' sweet and innocent me?

Yeah, I added the fourth option.
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We used a blue flame propane heater for years, with good results, no fan to use up elec., no chimney, it has an O2 sensor to keep us safe.
I would prefer a CO (carbon monoxide) sensor to feel safe with unvented propane heat in the camper.
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We had an all electric EggCamper and it wasn’t satisfactory in cold weather so I had our local rv place install a propane furnace and cooktop. It was a good move. Would never be without propane again. Out Escape came with propane and a 3 way fridge. The EggCamper had just a very small 12 v fridge. Too small even for me by myself and I’m no kind of cook.
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