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Old 11-07-2018, 02:08 PM   #1
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Coordinating aux fireplace and main heat sources

So i'm installing an electric fireplace in our 265dbh8 Arctic Wolf 5vr tonight. Originally it was just for the ambiance, but figured it would be nice for early and late season days/nights to take the chill out instead of running the propane...especially since i our rig has those goofy little tanks vs. standard grill size or larger ( I can never remember the poundage).

Anyway, i need to use the camper later in the season than normal for deer hunting. Curious how folks coordinate the use of their fireplace heat and primary heat? Keep in mind, we have the arctic package, so our main propane heating system keeps the underbelly warm. I would like to use the fireplace as much as possible to minimize propane use, but i'm not sure that the heater has a "fan" mode to help circulate the air inside the camper as well as the underbelly. Also, the camper thermostat is within 6-7' of the fireplace. It's not the greatest thermostat to start with, but not sure if/how the heat will throw that off.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:17 PM   #2
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If you are running off s generator I would not recommend using the fireplace at all.

If it is going to be below freezing st any point I would not rec using the fire place.

Most Rv furnaces do not have a recirculate through the heat ducts function. You need the furnace to run As much as possible. To keep the belly warm.

Currently when I’m at deer camp rely on generator and batteries. My furnace gets run as much as possible to stop freezing st night. The issue is my Catalina is well insulated. So I crack a window or two to make the furnace run more.

I have 2 30 lbs tanks and bring another 30 just to be safe. Last deer camp was 25 degrees at night. I went through 20 lbs of propane in 4 nights. But I did have the pump inlet freeze on me the last night.

The fire place in. My unit will heat the whole trailer if it’s above freezing.


I’m in the process of applying heat pads and tape to everything so it will no linger be an issue
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:04 AM   #3
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We live in South Louisiana and last winter my son was staying in our TT. He drives truck, so he was gone a few days when we had freezing weather and I thought I was being smart by using the fire place to keep things warm, NOT. It did keep the TT warm, but didn't keep water lines from freezing. By luck, none of them busted. Did have to run the furnace to thaw them out. Got to keep belly warm.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:24 AM   #4
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It's kinda important to know the location when asking weather related questions. More so about heating than cooling. And seeing that you're in WI you're going to need to run the furnace a lot to keep the underside warm enough to keep things from freezing.

If you have shore power available it shouldn't be a problem to run the furnace a good bit. As for the LP you can always get a larger cylinder and an Extend-A-Stay to hook it to your existing system and that should take care of the heating needs.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:26 AM   #5
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If you're electrically handy, you can cut the red lead to the furnace's fan motor and install a switch and a relay that will allow you to turn on the furnace's blower without running the furnace (gas). This will draw in warm air from the RV and blow it into the underbelly.

Here's an electrical diagram of a Suburban furnace:

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Here's the red wire to the blower motor cut and a relay installed:

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Old 11-08-2018, 10:15 AM   #6
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Well since i'm already having issues with my water system (Bad water pump already???) i think i'll forgo using any of the plumbing while hunting next week. That way i can just see how the fireplace works and not worry about keeping lines warm.

I like the idea for a seperate switch for the fan though!
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:32 AM   #7
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Don't put too much stock in that "Arctic package" Many times it isn't much more than a decal. If it gets very cold you will probably end up running both the furnace and electric heater and maybe even wish you had more. Most electric fireplaces have a max out put of 5,280 BTUs. Considerably less than the output of your furnace.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:25 PM   #8
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Well since i'm already having issues with my water system (Bad water pump already???) i think i'll forgo using any of the plumbing while hunting next week. That way i can just see how the fireplace works and not worry about keeping lines warm.

I like the idea for a seperate switch for the fan though!
Make sure you at least drain the piping and blow it out. Add anti-freeze to the drain traps. Many of us pump the anti-freeze into the piping, but many of us don't (I don't).
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If you're electrically handy, you can cut the red lead to the furnace's fan motor and install a switch and a relay that will allow you to turn on the furnace's blower without running the furnace (gas). This will draw in warm air from the RV and blow it into the underbelly.

Here's an electrical diagram of a Suburban furnace:

Attachment 190960

Here's the red wire to the blower motor cut and a relay installed:

Attachment 190961

I have looked into this before. Be aware that the furnace will not ignite if the fan is already running due to sail switches.
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If you're electrically handy, you can cut the red lead to the furnace's fan motor and install a switch and a relay that will allow you to turn on the furnace's blower without running the furnace (gas). This will draw in warm air from the RV and blow it into the underbelly.

Here's an electrical diagram of a Suburban furnace:

Attachment 190960

Here's the red wire to the blower motor cut and a relay installed:

Attachment 190961

I have looked into this before. Be aware that the furnace will not ignite if the fan is already running due to sail switches.
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