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Old 05-23-2016, 07:25 AM   #1
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Fireplace Removal?


DW and I are starting to look at a small 5th wheel and we noticed that a fireplace seems to be coming standard. We have mixed feelings on that as I don't believe we would use it much as we spend our time outside and around a real fireplace.

So now to my questions....has anybody removed the fireplace and used the space for something else? If so, what? Maybe the space is not useable? Or does it provide supplemental heat enough so it is worthwhile to use?

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Old 05-23-2016, 07:32 AM   #2
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I would give your fireplace a chance! We love ours. It is enough heat our camper even with temps in the 20s. Looks nice too.


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Old 05-23-2016, 07:56 AM   #3
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As KenHwy61 said, give it a chance. Our RV is a first for us with a fireplace. We thought we would never use it but turns out we have used it quite often. Wouldn't be without one now. Sure saves on propane on those cool nights and mornings.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:02 AM   #4
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When we factory ordered our current 5th, we specified we did not want the fireplace, nor did we want the wall mounted grill problem. What we got instead of the fireplace is a decent size storage cabinet. Didn't like the look of the fireplace...sure some say they get enough heat from it to take the chill out on some mornings....we use an electric heater if ever that is needed, or simply run the furnace for a few minutes. And to be honest...I forget how much we got as far as a credit for not taking the fireplace.
As for the outside grill...they still ran the propane line to the outside wall and put the bracket to hold up the grill, we just didn't get the grill. So if we choose to have the grill there in the future we could always do it, but I don't see that happening.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:04 AM   #5
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Definitely give it try before you remove it. I have seen more posts about how to install a fireplace than remove one.
btw, I think you would be surprised with how much stuff is behind the fireplace that you will probably need to access at some point in time.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:05 AM   #6
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X3 on giving it a chance. When we ordered our Sabre DW really wanted the fireplace, I didn't. Turns out she was right, again . We use it alot on cold mornings .
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:39 AM   #7
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I thought the same thing while looking at an RV show a few years back. Why would anyone want to have a fake fire in a trailer? Once I realized it was an electric heater, I started to consider it. We normally use the furnace to initially warm up and to know the chill off in the mornings and supplement it with an electric space heater. Once I figured out that it would do what we already do anyway and I wouldn't have to pack the space heater, I ordered it on our new one.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:47 AM   #8
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We specifically wanted the electric fireplace and have found that it supplements the propane heat very nicely. It heats the entire trailer when the temps are down to the 40's and if it is colder the propane comes on from time to time but not nearly as often as it does without the electric heater. It definitely takes the chill off when it is damp outside. We do really like it.
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Originally Posted by Wiscampsin View Post
X3 on giving it a chance. When we ordered our Sabre DW really wanted the fireplace, I didn't. Turns out she was right, again . We use it alot on cold mornings .
X4!!! We found we use it a lot also. The thermostat and multi speed fan make it very usable. We no longer use our portable electric heater like we did in the old RV.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:40 PM   #10
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Another vote for keeping it. Used ours when the temps were in the 30's and had snow (9 days ago) and kept the place at 70 all day without the furnace running. Figured it saved me a lot of LP.

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