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Old 12-28-2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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Electric Furnace??

Anyone seen this?? Or maybe even installed one??

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My propane furnace barely blows enough warm air to even feel a draft from the floor registers. I'm think that the ducts may be plugged or maybe the squirrel cage fan may not be tight on it's shaft.

I'm told that these propane heaters are at best, around 50% efficient. As a full-timer, I need something better.

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Old 12-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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If you're not even "feeling a draft" then you have an air flow problem, not a heating problem.

In theory, this should work very well, but it's $500 PLUS labor. I'm guessing you'll be close to $1,000 before you're through. But if you're full-timing it, it might be worth it. You'll have to do the math on how much propane you're using for heat.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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I'm on my third TT. One bumper pull and two fifth wheels. All three had excellent propane heat.plenty of air flow and quickly warms the camper. Cycles on and off just like home system. I have to think you have a bad kink in your duct or a duct that has come off. When it works properly, you'll know it and be very pleased.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:37 PM   #4
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Anyone seen this?? Or maybe even installed one??

CheapHeat

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My propane furnace barely blows enough warm air to even feel a draft from the floor registers. I'm think that the ducts may be plugged or maybe the squirrel cage fan may not be tight on it's shaft.

I'm told that these propane heaters are at best, around 50% efficient. As a full-timer, I need something better.

Boowho??
There was a whole thread on that about a year ago, I was in the HVAC business for over 25 years, they are garbage in my opinion. Also who told you that the efficiency of a propane furnace is only 50%? What size furnace do you have installed? how many registers do you have, how is the duct system ran and what size are they? If your squirrel cage was loose you would hear it and it would probably bind up, so lets take that question out.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:37 PM   #5
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Our furnace is wonderful, yet it does use a lot of propane. So we now have two $20 electric cube heaters, which we use instead. Our 5'er is only about 28' long, so the two small heaters work great for us.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:06 PM   #6
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Ample warm air flow from my 2008 Berk 360 QS, but it's a propane hog. Supplementing with 3 electric heaters when the temps go below 20. I've seen the system advertised that you mention, but have no first-hand knowledge or experience.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:57 AM   #7
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The front propane furnace in our 2013 390FL is crap and does not keep the rig warm. We bought 2 ceramic heaters from Wally world and run them in addition to the furnaces. The front furnace only has 2 small outlets to keep the entire front of the coach warm. Completely inadequate. The rear does an ok job of keeping the bedroom warm.
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There was a whole thread on that about a year ago, I was in the HVAC business for over 25 years, they are garbage in my opinion. Also who told you that the efficiency of a propane furnace is only 50%? What size furnace do you have installed? how many registers do you have, how is the duct system ran and what size are they? If your squirrel cage was loose you would hear it and it would probably bind up, so lets take that question out.
Boohoo, gotta agree with this post. The ad is pure fantasy wherein they claim elec. is 100% efficient. Ask folks with heat pumps when it gets cold, resistance heat kicks in and zooms the utility bill. Your better off supplementing with more energy saving electric device like ceramic or oil filled. The gas furnace as illustrated is no more efficient than the suburban furnished. Do you have one or two? Georgetown came with two. Subject at hand is the Cheap system, looks expensive and if full timing you're likely on a meter most of the time, find something more economical to operate, and check for big leak in basement of your heater discharge air.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:58 AM   #9
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With respect to the electric power coming into the coach, the electric heater is 100% efficient, in that all the power is turned into heat that goes into the coach. There's no "waste heat" in the coach. Where the inefficiency comes in is in the making of the electricity. A modern coal plant is about 35-40% efficient (i.e., about 60-65% of the heat produced by the coal is rejected to the local river, lake or cooling tower), a gas combustion turbine is around 50% efficient, a nuke plant is around 30-35% efficient. Since Boohoo is simply paying for the electricity from the campground, it's 100% efficient to HIM (since he's not buying the actual fuel used to produce it, and has no control over that). Furthermore, he's paying a fixed price for the electricity whether he uses it or not. So the only savings he has control of are what he's saving in gas; he's paying for electric either way. As mentioned above, it seems a LOT cheaper to buy a couple of $20-30 space heaters than to spend upwards of $1,000 for the electric heat. The space heaters would pay for themselves in unused propane in a couple of weeks, while the CheapHeat might take several years.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:10 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies..... WOW!!!

To the person that asked where I heard that a propane furnace is only 50% efficient.....

From a fellow that was in the propane business for over 30 years. Also he was commenting SPECIFICALLY on RV furnaces; not units for sticks and bricks homes.

Thanks ALL. I shall reconsider my situation.

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