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Old 09-06-2016, 06:36 AM   #11
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I have installed several electric heaters in my Escapes as well as others. all you need is a source of electric and some basic tools. see here https://www.amazon.com/Cadet-Com-Pak...20KP7M7QEEFF9P
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Old 09-06-2016, 02:43 PM   #12
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I have installed several electric heaters in my Escapes as well as others. all you need is a source of electric and some basic tools. see here https://www.amazon.com/Cadet-Com-Pak...20KP7M7QEEFF9P
Thanks for the reply. This is the kind of unit I was looking for. I'm still wondering why it wasn't on the option list when we had our Escape built. At any rate that small simple little switch in the furnace was $150. to pull out and replace. RV mechanic assures us that it is a rarity to see the switch go defective. All set for the cooler fall weathers!
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Thanks for the reply. This is the kind of unit I was looking for. I'm still wondering why it wasn't on the option list when we had our Escape built. At any rate that small simple little switch in the furnace was $150. to pull out and replace. RV mechanic assures us that it is a rarity to see the switch go defective. All set for the cooler fall weathers!
Most people buy little electric heaters with thermostats for a few dollars. Can be placed anywhere in the trailer and if it should ever stop working, it can easily be replaced.

Would anyone else like to comment on that $150 for the switch that they said was a rarity to go out?
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I think it was $140 for labour and $10 for the switch. I think my service center charged Atwood about $180 to replace the motor on my furnace, under warranty.
Not surprised, given that people need to run a shop and make a living.
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Old 09-07-2016, 12:13 AM   #15
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Would anyone else like to comment on that $150 for the switch that they said was a rarity to go out?
First, I don't think sail switch failures are all that rare. Maybe a very small fraction of them fail, but enough that it occasionally comes up in forum discussions (mostly in FiberglassRV where people have older trailers).

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I think it was $140 for labour and $10 for the switch.
That sounds likely to me.

Although this series of Atwood furnace can be installed against the outside wall (the normal method for ducted installations), and if done that way pulls right out through an outside access panel, the Escape installation is against the inside cabinet face, with only a small vent assembly on the outside. This means that removal all needs to be done from the trailer interior; my guess is that takes longer.

$140 is probably about the minimum in at least some shops to have anything done to an RV.
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Let's think about it.
Shop has a mortgage payment, or rent, and pays if there are customers or not. Has to pay property insurance and liability insurance, Worker's Compensation for employees, property taxes, heat, light.
Is expected to be open when we need something fixed and is expected to have the parts on hand.
Has to make enough money to support his family and his employee's families and at the end of the day, afford to buy a six-pack of beer.
I'd rather be camping myself.
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I agree that there are many costs of doing business, and I'm not complaining about the cost... but this part:
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Is expected to be open when we need something fixed and is expected to have the parts on hand.
That must be nice. RV shops here are not open long hours, take as long to book into as a dentist, and RV stores often don't have required parts in stock. That's all understandable, too.
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Old 09-07-2016, 12:21 PM   #18
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You were all close...it was $40 for the switch and balance for labour and shop. I feel this was a very fair charge as it did require removal of furnace installation and reinstall and then test. Time is money....and as others point out there is the shop overheads to pay. The only thing that gets me is that I was out of warranty by six months. I haven't gone direct to Atwood so who knows if they would chip in.
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