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Palle-man 01-27-2016 11:29 PM

377 fridge and heat pump
 
After reading through the forums, my wife and I decided to upgrade to the residential fridge and the heat pump. They aren't that much more, so it seems worth it. We will be a full time family of three and dog for about a year, so I feel it's justified. Any other suggestions?

Kahoneys 01-28-2016 05:22 AM

We had a tankless water heater put in for the 10 gal water heater is ok for 1 person but didn't cut it for the family. (I am very sad to admit that I haven't had the chance to test it out yet due to the rig being in hibernation).

RobinA 01-28-2016 05:27 AM

Those are two worthwhile upgrades. I wish we would have added the slide toppers and we may get them added in the future. We opted out of the backup camera - have never really used one and figured we could always add it later if we find we need it. Camper came wired for it already. So far we have not felt a need to have it but someone that actually has one may have better advice with regards to that.

Magnolia Tom 01-28-2016 05:43 AM

I have both. Two of the big reasons we purchased the coach. Heat pump works really well in mild to cold temps. Doesn't work below 40 degrees. Fridge is nice as the one in our home.

Grumpy 01-28-2016 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Kahoneys (Post 372112)
We had a tankless water heater put in for the 10 gal water heater is ok for 1 person but didn't cut it for the family.

If you run a regular WH on both gas and elect it increases the output by almost 50%. A 10 gal comes close to a 15.

Bookemdanno 01-28-2016 05:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Magnolia Tom (Post 372117)
I have both. Two of the big reasons we purchased the coach. Heat pump works really well in mild to cold temps. Doesn't work below 40 degrees. Fridge is nice as the one in our home.

+1. I have both as well, but haven't used either yet. Tomorrow will be our 1st trip out in it. I will probably try the heat pump this weekend as temps will be 50's at night and 70's during the day.

Grumpy 01-28-2016 05:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Palle-man (Post 372100)
After reading through the forums, my wife and I decided to upgrade to the residential fridge and the heat pump.

You won't regret it.

Palle-man 01-28-2016 06:41 AM

Thanks for all the input. The tankless water heater is something I never thought about. Is that an in line heater? Run off propane I presume, or is that electric?

djalbrec 01-28-2016 08:28 AM

I have a heat pump and probably would not order it again. Like was said earlier, it doesn't work well below 40 degrees and is as noisy as the A/C when it is running. Also, if the ambient temperature is several degrees below what you have the heat pump thermostat set at, the furnace will kick on until the temperature rises to the preset temp. In other words, it still uses propane, although not enough.

Just remember, the heat pump does not protect the water lines or the holding tanks from freezing. You would need to use the furnace for that protection. My wife and I decided the heat pump would not be an option on our next unit.

Magnolia Tom 01-28-2016 09:13 AM

The heat pump in our unit isn't loud. Here are some things to know about the heat pump. It is basically the AC working in reverse. The cool air is sent to the outside and warm air to the inside. It is an electric heater that you can use so you don't need space heaters or use the furnace when temps are mild. The heat pump is not a substitute for the furnace. It is a supplement to it.

The heat pump comes on when the t-stat is set to within 5 degrees of the interior temp. If the spread is more than 5 degrees, the furnace kicks on first to bring the interior temp up to within the 5* then the heat pump takes over. Also, if you have the heat pump running and the temps outside dip below 40*, the furnace automatically kicks on.
As long as you know what the heat pump is, how it works and it's limitations, you'll be happy with it. We live in Texas and camp year round. It rarely gets really cold so the heat pump is great because no more space heaters, and a comfy trailer using CG electricity versus costly propane.


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