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Old 04-07-2016, 10:50 PM   #1
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Using Furnace vs. Electric Heater

I have a 2014 Georgetown and recently returned to NE Ohio from Florida not expecting the weather to be as cold as it has been. Some nights as low as 25 F. Can I use an electric heater to maintain the temperature inside the motor home or should I be running the furnace. Does the furnace provide some heat to the compartments below that I wouldn't be getting by using the electric heater? What temperature should I maintain inside the motor home to keep water pipes from freezing? Gray and Black tanks are empty. Should I be using the tank heaters? I have kept the hot water tank on.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:08 PM   #2
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The advantage to using electric vs propane is is you save your propane, and use electricity you are already paying for provided you are in a campground. If you are parked at home and using your own electricity then it's probably a saw off for the few nights you will be having to do it.
Yes the furnace will send heat to your storage areas which a space heater will not do, but at 25 degrees I don't think you need to worry about that too much. As long as you keep it above 32 degrees you will be fine, no need to keep it hotter than that. No need to be concerned about your black and grey tanks. 25 degrees won't hurt them. Since your holding tanks are not under pressure and subject to expansion which is what water does to pipes, no need for concern. We camp often in late fall where the nights will get to about 25F and with some heat on in the unit, everything is fine. The temps likely only get to that stage for a very short time and as soon as day breaks and the sun starts to shine the temp gets back up to above freezing quickly. If you are camped and gets that low you may want to shut off and disconnect your fresh water supply so as to avoid having that hose freeze.
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:29 PM   #3
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If you are interested in having the option of using electric heat and still be able to heat your compartments to avoid freezing lines take a look at rvcomfortsystems.com or Google rv cheap heat. I have a 2013 378 xl and had one of these units installed on my main furnace that heats through the floor vents and really like the unit. Once installed it works on the original wall thermostat and only thing you do to change from propane to electric is flip a switch that comes with the kit. Since the 378 is fifty amp I am wired for the highest heat output. I am very happy with the unit as it heats through the existing floor vents same as using propane. When using this system along with the electric fireplace in the 378 I can keep the coach very evenly heated with tight temperature control using the original wall mounted thermostat. I also purchased a heated freshwater hose I use in freezing weather. I keep my grey valve closed and use the holding tank heaters that came on the unit and dump the grey water tank every couple of days as needed. This keeps my sewer hose from freezing. When it is extremely cold I also put a ceramic heater in my compartment where the sewer dump valve is located I've also used a 100 watt light bulb there but prefer the ceramic heater and have experienced good results thus far.
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:47 PM   #4
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Just added a 12v wire and switch to furnace blower to use the furnace blower without the burner and use an Eden Pure electric heater. Works great circulating the warm air in the underbelly as well as the rest of the 5er.
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When we are plugged in to shore power we run 2 standing oil heaters, they make practically zero noise and will keep the entire coach 70+ in any weather. I personally don't like to hear the furnace run.
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:51 PM   #6
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Question Electric Furnace

While parking in a park it would seem logical to use electric heaters, being your already paying for the power. I have always used both electric and propane furnace for comfort heat. The propane furnace insures high enough temps in the compartments and circulating the electric heater via the furnace fan.
It has always amazed me that the manufactures of MH and TT that they have not incorporated electric heat into their units.
as any one done that yet?
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:58 PM   #7
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When we are plugged in to shore power we run 2 standing oil heaters, they make practically zero noise and will keep the entire coach 70+ in any weather. I personally don't like to hear the furnace run.
We keep one of these in our rig over the winter. With the temp low but well above the point of creating a damp feeling we never have any bad smells come springtime. Cheap insurance for a good start to the new camping season.
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I leave my electric fire place on all the time in cold climates.
Don't you have one of these?
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:32 PM   #9
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X2 on the electric fireplace. That and an electric oil radiator will keep coach warm. Blower on furnace is too loud.
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:45 PM   #10
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Many of you have said you use electric heaters. Is anything required in the basement compartments to protect the pipes from freezing?
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