There are many new and used RV’s that have these electric fireplaces already fitted into the layout of the living space. This means that you don’t have to worry about anything other than the running costs.
There is no installation required and no long-winded set-up process whenever you want to heat up the home. As long as there is enough electricity to power the fire, you can be sure of a reliable system during the coldest months.
4 Top Reasons To Buy an RV with a Built-In Fireplace
1. Convenience –
Waking up on a cold chilly morning (in Navarre Florida last winter) enjoying a hot cup of coffee and with a flip of a switch, I’m sitting in front of a warm fire(I know, imitation fire) but still better than looking at a metal propane heater.
In the evening we would go for a swim in the pool only steps from our RV. After swimming we would put on comfy pajamas, pour a glass of wine, put on an old movie and sit in front of the fireplace.
We could have turned on the furnace, but ours is somewhat noisy and really not necessary just to take the chill off.
Although the fireplace does a fairly good job at heating the entire fifth wheel.
( A Comprehensive Guide to Heating your RV or Camper)
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of why you should consider buying an RV with a fireplace, let me explain…
When we decided to RV full-time and were researching what RV to buy, having a fireplace was not on our list. In fact, we never considered it. We did find the Mobile Suite fifth wheel we wanted, which just happened to have a fireplace. I remember thinking I would rather have more storage than a fireplace.
Boy, was I wrong! I wouldn’t give up my fireplace for anything. Even though we RV full-time and primarily follow the sun, you would think we wouldn’t need a fireplace. That’s exactly what I thought! Our very first trip, was last October, we left Wisconsin and headed south. The first week-long stop was in Franklin Kentucky.
Temperatures dropped to about 35-40 degrees. Being newbies we ran out of propane the first night and didn’t have a space heater, but we did have our fireplace! Thank Goodness! Which keep our 36ft. fifth wheel very comfortable. We were dressed warm, but it worked great.
By the time we got to Florida, in November and stayed until April, we used our fireplace almost daily. Mostly in the mornings just to take the chill off.
I know people say, why have a fireplace when you can sit around a campfire, or, we only camp on weekends?
I say, what if it rains all weekend? Can’t have a campfire, wouldn’t a fireplace make it cozy? It can get chilly, even during the summer months, are you always going to sit around a campfire?
2. An electric fireplace is a much cleaner way to heat an RV over the winter
On the subject of the green credentials of a fireplace, there is also the issue of fuel and emissions. Electric fireplaces are clean products that don’t require any nasty fuels. This means no fumes or dangerous emissions.
Gas powered heaters require unpleasant fuels that can contaminate the air.
Your family may feel much warmer as the fire generates heat, but the atmosphere might not be so pleasant. Then there is the additional benefit here of using green energy to fuel these energy efficient heaters.
Some people will hook their RVs up to the mains supply of the campsite.
This is an effective, cost-efficient solution where available. Many others prefer to use an off-grid system to generate power for the camper. An efficient solar power system is one of the greenest ways to keep an RV up and running. An electric fireplace fits in with ease.
3. Electric RV fireplaces are also much safer than alternative options
This issue of gas in an RV also raises concerns about safety. There are two major issues with a gas supply in an RV. The first is that the gas line could develop a leak. It wouldn’t take long for this gas to fill the RV and put lives at risk. There are horror stories of campers dying in their sleep from carbon monoxide poisoning because of the fumes within the vehicle.
There is no need to run this risk when there are electric alternatives. The other issue is the risk of fire. Gas systems always come with a fire risk. This is true when igniting the gas in the heater and around the fuel supplies.
Electric fireplaces in RVs aren’t without their risks too. There are some cases where faulty appliances and bad wiring have caused fires. However, the risk is not so great. Overall, these electric models are much safer.
4. A fireplace adds ambiance
All of the benefits above have focused on the practical consideration of buying an RV fireplace. It doesn’t hurt to think about the aesthetic qualities too. An electric fireplace looks great in the back of a camper on a dark, starry night. It provides a soft glow that is inviting and comforting.
Different RVs and RV fireplace suppliers will offer different shapes and styles. Some of the more interesting options may enhance the ambiance further with different colors and other effects.
You may be surprised at the range that is available in electric fireplaces for RVs. You might expect little more than a small, built-in model that sits flush against the wall. This is a popular space saving option and can look really stylish.
There are plenty of reasons to choose a built-in electric RV fireplace for your camper. Electric models really are the best option when choosing a heating source for your RV. There are lots of practical considerations here, from the energy use to the safety rating.
These models don’t use that much power and rely on safer sources.
When you do require a little more light or heat, you can be sure that the energy comes from a green source.
Determining the best way to stay warm in your RV all depends on how and where you RV, the temperature, and whether you’re hooked up to sure power or not.
Below is a comprehensive guide to heating your RV or camper and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Heat Pumps Pros
- Uses Electricity: The cost of using electricity is generally included in a nightly or weekly stay at RV parks with hookups.
- Creates Dry Heat: This helps reduce moisture build up and condensation inside the rig, which is a common concern when RVing in the cold weather.
- Multi-Zone Control: If you have more than one heat pump, you have more control over which zones you heat.
- Generator Powered; You can run a heat pump on a generator if deemed necessary.
- Power Hungry: Heat pumps are fairly power hungry. When running one heat pump, it is best to use a 30-amp hookup, and a 50 amp hookup is best if you’re running two or more heat pumps at the same time.
- Not Great for Boondocking: If you’re boondocking, heat pumps aren’t the best option for you since you will only be able to use them when the generator is running.
- Temperature limit: They also wouldn’t work at all when the outside temperature is below 40 Fahrenheit, which is when you obviously need heat the most.
- Doesn’t Heat the Basement: because they don’t work below 40 Fahrenheit, they can’t heat the basement to protect water lines from freezing.
- Propane Furnace Pros
- Warms Quickly: Propane furnace warms your RV quickly and efficiently no matter how freezing it is on the outside.
- Uses Propane: Since they run on propane, it means there isn’t any electric hookup needed.
- Cost Efficient: Since they already included together with the RV, you wouldn’t have to buy or install anything extra.
- Heats the Basement: If your RV comes with a basement, the furnace routes heat down to the basement which prevents the RV’s plumbing from freezing- External Venting: The vent external hence, propane furnace wouldn’t contribute to moisture and condensation build up inside the rig.
- Propane Hungry, A single furnace consumes more propane than your stove, refrigerator, oven and barbecue grill all combined. This is the primary reason why most people rarely use theirs
- 12-volt Blower Fans: The fans of the furnace run on 12-volt electric, so using battery power is a factor to consider when boondocking.
- No Propane, No Heat: Once you’ve exhausted your propane you have no heat and turning on the generator or connecting it to a power source wouldn’t make it work.
- Electric Space Heater Pros
- They Provide Focused Heat: This means you can aim it to an exact area where you want the heat.
- Cost Efficient: Apart from the fact that they are small and inexpensive, there is generally no cost for using it.
- They Produce Dry Heat: This means they keep moisture and condensation down.
- Variety: There are tons of models on the market providing users with various sizes, shapes and heat output.
- Transferable: They are easy to move about back and forth between a stick and brick house and your RV if you are not full timing. Also due to their size, they are easy to store.
- Not that Powerful: They do not have enough heat output for a large rig, especially in really cold conditions.
- Not Boondocking Friendly: Since they require 110-volt electricity to run making them a bad choice for boondocking, except when running them on a generator.
- Hazardous: It is important you keep inflammable objects away from them to prevent any form of fire outbreak, the newer models do have safety features.
- No Basement Heat: They don’t provide any form of warmth to the basement to prevent pipes from freezing unless you put a dedicated one down your basement.
- Vent Free Propane Heater Pros
- Perfect Heat Output: The heat output of this is fantastic and it feel just like you’re sitting next to a fireplace.
- Fueling Efficient and Uses Zero Electric Power: They are extremely fuel efficient when it comes to consuming low propane. Also, they use zero electric power.
- Boondocking Friendly: The above pros make them highly recommended and friendly for boondocking.
- Hazardous: Since it uses propane, you are supposed to be careful when using and handling them. This includes keeping flammable items away.
- Installation: They require a professional installation to connect to the RV’s propane system.
- Generates Moisture: They generate moisture which requires ventilation.
What’s your preferred way to keep your RV warm?
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In 1742 Benjamin Franklin designed a freestanding cast-iron fireplace that was inserted into an existing fireplace. Prior to this invention, fireplaces caused many house fires and fatalities. The fireplace was originally called the Pennsylvania Fireplace but eventually became known as the Franklin Stove.
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