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Old 11-19-2014, 09:28 AM   #11
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There are a LOT of plug in heaters you can use that cost under $100.00 that will work as well as this... personally I would save my $$$.


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The more people move to electric heat the more campgrounds will have to charge to re-coup the cost...
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Thank you wwwsmith111, tnchuck100, and Seann45 for helping to prove the point I made in the last sentence in my previous post. As I already said, I've yet to see a post from anyone who actually had a Cheap Heat installed that wasn't very happy with it.


Cheap Heat isn't for everyone. It's not for owners of small, relatively inexpensive RVs, boondockers, weekend only campers, and occasional campers. It's for people who want the convenience and comfort of central heat without having to frequently refill propane bottles; this is especially attractive for full-timers and people who stay in one location for long periods and either don't want to or can't lug around heavy propane tanks for refilling.


With a Cheap Heat installation, one doesn't have to worry about overloading electrical circuits or danger from fire because something combustible got too close to a portable heater. One also doesn't have to deal with a portable heater setting out in the way, creating a trip hazard, in an already crowded RV. A Cheap Heat installation won't have the ghetto appearance of multiple portable space heaters underfoot or taking up counter space.


It amazes me how people will pay five to six figures for an RV, then cheap out on what they put in it. That's like buying a Bentley or a Rolls, then covering the seats with old beach towels or running it on the poorest quality gas they can find.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:29 AM   #13
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Lady Fitzgerald, Most of us are " ...owners of small, relatively inexpensive RVs, boondockers, weekend only campers, and occasional campers." The OP wanted to know if anyone had experience, and it sounds like you do - and you like it.

IMO "ghetto appearance" is a little strong; they don't look that bad next to a sleeping bag and a box of donuts.
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I have looked at Cheap Heat a few times, and watched the videos. I like the concept. But the price, would keep me from installing the system. I think I read somewhere it costs about $300 for the kit and it must be installed by a qualified installer. This is not a DIY project, and will not sell it to an average Joe. It looks very well built; they have a number of installation options based on your power supply, all utilizing the same equipment. If I was going to do it, I think I would upgrade my shore power to a 50 amp, to truly utilize the heater.
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I have looked at Cheap Heat a few times, and watched the videos. I like the concept. But the price, would keep me from installing the system. I think I read somewhere it costs about $300 for the kit and it must be installed by a qualified installer. This is not a DIY project, and will not sell it to an average Joe. It looks very well built; they have a number of installation options based on your power supply, all utilizing the same equipment. If I was going to do it, I think I would upgrade my shore power to a 50 amp, to truly utilize the heater.

Actually, the add-on systems cost $495 through Amazon (you have to access it through RV Comfort System's website). Many people have installed it themselves even though the manufacturer recommends professional installation. Do searches on other RV forums for posts by people who have installed their own Cheap Heat systems (you will also see more of the negative nonsense from people who have never used or own a Cheap Heat and know little to nothing about it).

You are correct about it being worthwhile upgrading a 30A RV service to 50A. Just add a 50A breaker panel ahead of the stock 30A panel and use separate breakers for the Cheap Heat and the stock 30A panel. If stuck with only 30A at a campground, just use a 50Ato 30A adapter and revert to propane with the simple flip of a switch.
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Lady Fitzgerald, Most of us are " ...owners of small, relatively inexpensive RVs, boondockers, weekend only campers, and occasional campers." The OP wanted to know if anyone had experience, and it sounds like you do - and you like it...

The curious thing is the negative responses were from people who had no experience, not what the OP asked for.
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OK this is starting to get a little off topic and abbrasive lets try to get back on track here. Thanks
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:44 PM   #18
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Nah, sticking with my two $30 heaters thanks. If the price point was a lot lower I would be interested as I think most of us would be.
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Too bad Atwood and Suburban don't put something like the electric heating element in there to start with, then I'd consider, if the price was right. Suprised neither one of these manufacturers have come up with something like that.
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Too bad Atwood and Suburban don't put something like the electric heating element in there to start with, then I'd consider, if the price was right. Suprised neither one of these manufacturers have come up with something like that.
... couldn't agree more. I think we all agree central heat is a good idea. (Raise your hand if you don't like central heat.) It doesn't seem like it would be that expensive of an item to include into manufacturing. They must have their reasons.
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