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Old 10-16-2015, 05:03 PM   #1
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Introduce myself, and ask.... fireplace???

First and foremost, Thank you to everyone on this Forum. You have all been a big help to me and my small family in finding what we like and purchasing our first HTT. (not to mention spending even more money on all of these MODS I have officially become addicted to doing)

We had been looking for a long time, and finally decided on a hybrid. Our tow vehicle is a 2005 1500 Chevy Avalanche Z71 with only a 7,200 towing capacity, and we already decided against a popup. We have a 2 year old now, and the wife didn't want to do tent camping anymore either, so at that point it was either a hybrid or replace the TV. That wasn't happening anytime soon so, off to find somewhere that sold them.

We went to a few dealers, and found a very nice, barely used 2014 Rockwood Roo 23IKSS. I had seen the model many times on here, but all of the dealers in our area carry mostly Jayco lines. I was asked what I was interested in most, and I told them there was a HTT with 2 slides and a center island I really liked, but just hadn't drove there yet to check out. Low and behold, they had one there!

I knew the second I saw it, it was the one, but the wife was still iffy on the whole Hybrid thing. When she saw the space however, she was done for. She loved it. Needless to say, it is now ours, and we are home after our first week long camping trip with it.

Besides a few mishaps on my part, (didn't check to make sure propane was full, causing us to run out completely on night 3, and also not having the PUGS strapped very tightly the 2nd night a horrible storm came through; literally flipping one of the groups tents that were with us over, pics hopefully to follow if I remember; causing the PUGS to act like a wind sail) it was a great week!

So, the first thing I did when this was in the backyard, was look on here for every odd and end MOD I could find. Seeing what everyone was saying, we decided:

-to ordered the SHW PUGS - Attached with Industrial Strength Velcro
-to do the Reflectix in the bunk ends, which I now am realizing I did wrong, but it worked none the less (gives me something to fix later)
-to replace the thermostat with a Digital Honeywell one yesterday after messing with the stupid standard one that came with it while camping.

Now, we noticed this past week camping, that it got pretty cold at night, low 50s, not bad, but still cold for the 2 year old, and the heater being only in the back, made the back warm, but not a lot going up front. I noticed there's a panel on the bottom of the entertainment area, that I'm wondering if anyone has installed a small fireplace there? The door doesn't open, and i'm not sure what is behind it. Power I figured I could route up the the other outlet below the TV that isn't used ever. Figured an electric one would work great, and hopefully help reduce the amount of propane we are using.

Just curious on everyone's thoughts? Has anyone Modded that cabinet to add a small electric fireplace?
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:07 PM   #2
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Our 5er came with a fireplace and we love it . When hooked up to shore power we use it instead of the propane furnace . It works great at normal fall temps .
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:09 PM   #3
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Nice mods I use a electric fireplace like this
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:05 PM   #4
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To me, a fireplace in a hybrid is overkill.
Just get some ceramic heaters.
If you had a 5th wheel or big TT, then yea.
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We just use a small electric heater. Put it on the island facing the front bunk and keeps us toasty. Uses their electricity instead of our propane too.
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:16 PM   #6
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I use an Edenpure heater in our trailer and used it in the hybrid we owned prior to this camper. I put the thermostat at like 65 in case the power goes out or temp really drops.

Especially with kids I would get one that doesn't have any actual hot surfaces.
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Here you go. Ordered off Amazon. Works great. Small amount of cutting wood frame after removing the false panel door. Keeps the front of the trailer nice and warm for the kids and we use a small ceramic heater in the rear bunk to keep us warm as well. Never need to turn on the propane heater with this setup as long as you have full hookups. My wife loves the embiance of the LED fireplace while I like the practical side of the heat it makes.

Classic Flame 18EF023GRA INSERT ONLY. Fixed Front 18" Insert w/Backlit Display, with Remote
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:37 PM   #8
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Here you go. Ordered off Amazon. Works great. Small amount of cutting wood frame after removing the false panel door. Keeps the front of the trailer nice and warm for the kids and we use a small ceramic heater in the rear bunk to keep us warm as well. Never need to turn on the propane heater with this setup as long as you have full hookups. My wife loves the embiance of the LED fireplace while I like the practical side of the heat it makes.

Classic Flame 18EF023GRA INSERT ONLY. Fixed Front 18" Insert w/Backlit Display, with Remote
That is outstanding! How did you wire it in?
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:39 PM   #9
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Mikewcrook that is exactly what I was looking for! Was the install fairly simple? I noticed it looks like you added some more doors and drawers possibly also. I'll have to show this to the wife and see what she thinks!!
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It's 120V so just ran the cord up and plugged it in the outlet that was already behind the entertainment center door above. Install was fairly simple. Added a vent above to allow heat build up in the cabinet out but it's not required in the installation. I'm a cabinet maker so not hard to do for me but if you own a jigsaw you can do it. It's an insert so you just cut the hole the size that the instructions say. Unit cannot be too deep though as it would not fit. This model was perfect size. Yes added more storage just above the fireplace as it was more wasted space. Perfect for dvds. Hope this helps!
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