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    Re: Add On Heat Element for Dometic 15K AC Unit

    Quote Originally Posted by CliffP View Post
    Thanks to all for the input! We aren't coldweather campers, just looking to camp a little earlier in the spring and later in the fall. We really don't want to camp in freezing temps but if the weather shifted the only choice would have to be propane. It would really stink to freeze water lines or any tank because the underbelly wasn't heated. As for heating costs, if we were footing the electrical bill propane would be the only way to go. We're considering electricity based on it being a fixed cost while staying at a campground.

    This may be something we do down the road, but I think for now we'll pack the space heaters.

    That is an interesting youtube link for "Cheap Heat" http://www.rvcomfortsystems.com/ which should even heat the underbelly. It sounded great till I got to "The suggested retail price for the complete kit is $880.50" not including the 5 hour installation to be done only by a certified RV service center. We'd have to do lots of winter camping to justify.

    Thanks again everyone!

    Cliff and Mindy
    I clicked om the RV Comfort Systems link on your comments and they have dropped there price to $495.00 and its now available online
    Thanks for the hyperlink I haven't heard of this.

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    Re: Add On Heat Element for Dometic 15K AC Unit

    travel5r,

    Welcome to the forum! I see you are from Oregon and we always like to see more people from our home state. If you haven't yet, you might want to check out the Events tab on the portal page for the upcoming rallies and camp outs. The regional rally is Aug 10-12 at Seven Feathers. You might still be able to get registered if you want to come join us. In October, I'm doing a camp out at Casey's RV Resort outside Oakridge. You are welcome to join us for that one too if you are interested.

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    Re: Add On Heat Element for Dometic 15K AC Unit

    Quote Originally Posted by GOTTOYS View Post
    Every 1500 watt heater you use will only add 5,200 BTUs of heat. Your furnace should be a 35,000 BTU size. Do the math..I'm afraid you can buy a lot of propane for what it will cost to run the electic heat...Don
    Here in Iowa it costs about $0.10/KWH or about $0.15/hour to run a 1500 watt heater.
    Propane costs me about $12/20lb tank or about $0.17/hour for 5,200 BTUs to run the furnace.

    The amount of time to run the furnace would be shorter and cycle occassionally and the electric heater may run longer to provide the same amount of heat.
    Using the electric heater to supplement the furnace is a good way to reduce how often you need to refill propane and in my case would reduce the cost of heating since I pay for propane and most of the campgrounds I use do not charge extra for electricity on a kwh basis.

    Using more than one electric heater in units that have 50 amp service would possibly further reduce how much propane was used.

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    Re: Add On Heat Element for Dometic 15K AC Unit

    Quote Originally Posted by travel5r View Post
    I clicked om the RV Comfort Systems link on your comments and they have dropped there price to $495.00 and its now available online
    Thanks for the hyperlink I haven't heard of this.
    Are you going to try one? Keep us posted!
    Safe and Happy Travels!
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