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jrwhited

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Posted: 02/23/13 06:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone installed an electric heat conversion kit called Cheapheat and if so your comments? Thanks

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Posted: 02/23/13 06:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am not sure if I would want to try and modify my gas furnace.
It would be about as easy to install a small electric wall furnace.
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I didn't find anywhere on that web site how many BTU it puts out.
If they can't give out the most important bit of information it can't be good.

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Hi,

The unit puts out 6,657 btus (1951 watts). It is nicely designed but fairly expensive. They used to have a 30 amp and a 50 amp unit. The 50 amp unit put out a lot more heat (of course).

There is no "fail over" to the propane furnace if the power happens to go off. It can not be used to assist the propane furnace. The system is either/or.

I prefer to use 1/2 size oil filled heaters in space that is otherwise not too useful. I've replaced the cold air return grill with a dual window fan unit that is controlled via a mechanical thermostat. That prevents the fresh water system from freezing up.

Some other folks have installed base board heaters which works well, too.

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They should have those on all of the campers from the factory!!!!!


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We put in an electric fireplace instead for way cheaper. We have the room to do and it looks nice. I can also have just the "fire" on anytime we want the ambiance summer or winter with or without the heat part.


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Hi nitrohorse,

And the heaters can be used in conjunction with the propane furnace to reduce propane use in extreme cold. The Cheapheat can not be used in that way.

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Cheap heat for my unit would be $495. I can buy plenty of small ceramic heaters for that price....


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Installed one two years ago. 17,000 BTU. Cost was around $600 complete. It will maintain 72 degrees down to about 10F on our 35" motorhome.
It took me about 15 hours for me to install.
With our AGS system, if there is a power failure it will start the genny, or the flip of a switch and it goes to LP.

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Cheap heat for my unit would be $495. I can buy plenty of small ceramic heaters for that price....

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jrwhited wrote:

Has anyone installed an electric heat conversion kit called Cheapheat and if so your comments? Thanks


Not sure what brand furnace you have but Atwood definitley does not recommend the Cheap Heat. Check out the link below.

http://www.atwoodmobile.com/manuals/11-11CheapHeatInfoNotice.pdf


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