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Old 10-17-2020, 08:15 AM   #1
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Fireplace for Heat

We have a 2019 31ik Silverback. In your experience is the fireplace a good source for Heat? I ask because in our 2015 Rockwood the fireplace thermostat would allow for great variation in temperature control.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:29 AM   #2
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I have a 32BH vibe bedrooms on each end. Fire place is in the middle. Down to 45 deg out its ok but below that the bedrooms are pretty cold.
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:07 AM   #3
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I have a 2016 34RL Hathaway model and we use the fireplace + a electric heater to keep the trailer warm in mild temps on fall days. Our fireplace will go between 60 to 90F in 5 deg increments.

Such as today we woke up to 35F deg morning temp, inside temp was 42F in the trailer. Turned on the furnace to warm the trailer up to 55F than turned it off. Just rely on the fireplace and the electric heater. It is 62F in the living area and 58F in the bedroom, but we rather have it cool instead of hot.

We have always liked Fall and Winter months the best.
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The fireplace can only put out 1500 watts of heat, but in our 33IK it takes the chill off in spring and fall mornings. Would we use it for actual heating of the fiver ... emphatically NO. We use the propane heat to bring it up to temp and the fireplace and another 1500 watt ceramic heater to try and hold it there. 40ish on down, with the electric heaters going, the propane heater progressively kicks on.

Jim W ... I well know we all have different senses of comfort ... so I just had to smile at your reply. If I proclaimed to my better half 58-62F was the temp in our fiver that we were going to be happy with ... she'd get in the truck and drive to a motel leaving me sitting at the campsite indefinitely. She starts getting cold when the outside temps dip below 75 ... .
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I guess my real question is does it maintain a consistent temperature? I also use another heater which regulates the heat really well. Not thinking of using it in really cold temps as I'll use the furnace then.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:35 PM   #6
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I had a fireplace in my previous unit, a chaparral 284RL 5th wheel, the fireplace kept the unit really warm, it worked better than the furnace, plus its electric, so youre not using your propane..
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I use the fire place in mine plus a ceramic heater and at 45 degrees temp out side its 75 inside. Camper seems to be really insulated well. Later RJD
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:39 PM   #8
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The fireplace can only put out 1500 watts of heat, but in our 33IK it takes the chill off in spring and fall mornings. Would we use it for actual heating of the fiver ... emphatically NO. We use the propane heat to bring it up to temp and the fireplace and another 1500 watt ceramic heater to try and hold it there. 40ish on down, with the electric heaters going, the propane heater progressively kicks on.

Jim W ... I well know we all have different senses of comfort ... so I just had to smile at your reply. If I proclaimed to my better half 58-62F was the temp in our fiver that we were going to be happy with ... she'd get in the truck and drive to a motel leaving me sitting at the campsite indefinitely. She starts getting cold when the outside temps dip below 75 ... .
It is my wife who wants it cool! In fact during the winter months in our SB house, the day time temps for the furnace is set to 68 degrees . At night we turned the heat down to 59F with our bedroom window open slightly. We have done that ever since we been married for 50 years!

I am very happy with the way she wants to set the heat, saves me a lot of money on my yearly nature gas bill.
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I guess my real question is does it maintain a consistent temperature? I also use another heater which regulates the heat really well. Not thinking of using it in really cold temps as I'll use the furnace then.
My unit does with the help from the 1500 watt heater working along with the fireplace. It is 65F right now in the trailer in the living area with the outside temps at 47F in Northern Michigan. The bedroom is at 60F.
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:28 PM   #10
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37mbh. Fireplace in the back and a wall heater in the front bedroom. Last weekend it was 40 outside during the day and using both of these the camper never gets below 65 in the living areas. Middle of camper down to 62 or so. At night we use the furnace. Weve had no complaints with our fireplace and its a great way to save on propane
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Old 10-19-2020, 11:10 AM   #11
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We find the fireplace does a decent job at keeping it comfortable but when it dips to below 40 outside, we also supplement with a small milk house heater. Between the two, the furnace runs very infrequently hence we save a few coins on propane (yes I'm cheap).
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Old 10-25-2020, 10:11 AM   #12
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If you are not paying for electricity then yes.
Heats all but bedroom in my 33ik. I have an electric ceramic panel heater on wall in bedroom.
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