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Old 02-09-2015, 10:52 AM   #11
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I have looked over all Cheap Heats documentation and reviewed a number reviews. Overall I like their design and wish Jayco would push for this as an option. What I like, is it is designed to be wired for 05 amp, 30 amp or 50 amp so one unit works for any power configuration. What I do not like is the price. Then they require a qualified tech to be installed. No DIY.

If I lived in my rig for months at a time and stayed at places where I had free electric, I think it would be well worth having it installed. But as a weekend warier, it just is not worth it, and I will continue using my small portable heater.
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I don't see the value in making the change. A portable heater, with thermostat would put heat where you need it, when you need it, at a much lower cost. When I'm sleeping, I do not want to heat my kitchen/living area as I may want to heat my bedroom. Same with bath area, I may want to warm that area and not heat the whole rig. I see little value to me to install this. Add to that the potential issues with warranty of not only the heater, bu the rig as a whole when you make permanent installations. Also, I can control a portable heater much easier than using my furnace. Just my personal opinion.

As with many things in life, there can be unexpected consequences. Adding breakers, running electrical lines, well......stuff happens. I'd rather plug in a heater and be done with it.
I see this "logic" frequently. Using a portable heater instead of adding coils to a central system is something like using a blanket over a sofa instead of a custom fitted slip cover or reupholstering. Sure you can use portable heaters but you have to have a place to put them and plug them in. Having portable heaters knocking about looks tacky. It's like having an expensive car and using cheap stick on plastic window film instead the more expensive tinting. Portable heaters can come into contact with flammable materials or get knocked over.

As troutslayer pointed out, central heat will route heat to the basement.

Not everyone will want to manually control their heat. Some just like to set the thermostat, then forget about it. Some people don't want their RVs cluttered up with portable heaters or deal with the hassle of either carrying one from room to room or having to turn one off and another one on as they relocate from one room to another.

There are some people who have installed Cheap Heat themselves. It is a lot of work and one needs to have good DIY skills but, once installed, you don't have to fool with it anymore.

Obviously, Cheap Heat is not for everyone. But everyone I have seen who does have it loves it.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:49 AM   #13
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Jeannie, I'm not knocking the system, just posing a question. In fact you will notice in my first post that I said that the system looks pretty impressive.

You make some good points about the 50 amp service being 240 volts and that Atwood probably over-engineered the fan motor for increased static pressure but I would like to see some performance data before recommending and/or installing it.

As I said earlier, it would be nice to see RV Comfort Systems team with RV furnace manufacturers to incorporate their CheapHeat component. Jayco could then offer it as an option.

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Something I forgot to mention was that Cheap Heat is both UL listed and RVIA certified. It wouldn't have achieved those ratings if increased static pressure was an issue. But rather than "listen" to me, why not contact the head of the company directly (larry@rvcomfortsystems.com) for more information about the engineering and what has been done to get RV manufacturers to include Cheap Heat as a factory option.
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Good suggestion - I just emailed Larry and will post his response.

By the way, Jeannie, do you have one installed in your TT?
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:40 PM   #15
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Good suggestion - I just emailed Larry and will post his response.

By the way, Jeannie, do you have one installed in your TT?
Nope! One could say I'm between TTs (my ex and I fulltimed in one for four years roughly a little over four years ago). I've been looking for another one to fulltime in for the past three years or so but I've been having health issues and trouble finding the TT I want that won't require major mods. I do want to replace the propane furnace in whatever TT I do wind up getting with a Standalone Cheap Heat.
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I see this "logic" frequently. Using a portable heater instead of adding coils to a central system is something like using a blanket over a sofa instead of a custom fitted slip cover or reupholstering. Sure you can use portable heaters but you have to have a place to put them and plug them in. Having portable heaters knocking about looks tacky. It's like having an expensive car and using cheap stick on plastic window film instead the more expensive tinting. Portable heaters can come into contact with flammable materials or get knocked over.
That sounds opinionated and snobbish. It's okay for people to have a difference of opinion. In fact it's usually a good thing.
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That sounds opinionated and snobbish. It's okay for people to have a difference of opinion. In fact it's usually a good thing.
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That sounds opinionated and snobbish. It's okay for people to have a difference of opinion. In fact it's usually a good thing.
This? Coming from a moderator? Wow!
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