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Old 02-06-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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Built in Electric Heater

I read this forum all the time but have yet to really contribute. Their has been quite a bit of discussion regarding an alternative to using the propane heater while staying at a campsite with hookups. I too have used a portable electric cube heater in the past but always hate the fact that it's sitting on the floor to trip over all the time.

My solution was to buy one of the small bathroom heaters that fit in a standard 2x4 wall and install it permanently in my 17B Escape. I installed it in the cupboard under the fridge. After taking off the door I filled in the opening with 1/2 plywood that had cutouts for the heater and a switch. After installing the heater I superimposed a scrap piece of oak panelling that I picked up from the Escape factory over the whole area to finish it off ( thanks Reace ). I threaded 14/3 cab wire up through the fibreglass door jamb and into the upper cabinet where I plugged the heater into the plug for the microwave (I don't use a microwave when camping) as this plug is on it's own circuit so I won't blow the fuse if the heater is on while making toast in the morning. I then installed a thermostat in the upper cabinet next to the thermostat for the propane heater.

If you get one of these heaters you have to make sure it is a 110/120 volt one as most are 220/240. The particular one I got I picked up for under $100 from Friesen Electric in Abbotsford BC. It has two 500 watt elements in it. I wired one of the elements through a switch so that I can switch the heater from 500 watts and 1000 watts as needed.

Here are links to King Heaters in Seattle who make these heaters if anyone is interested. They also make a heater like this that is made for RV's and can be switched between 250 and 1500 watts as needed; I've attached that link as well as a couple of images of the install.

http://www.king-electric.com/heaters.asp

http://www.king-electric.com/prodtemp.asp?prodID=DAW

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Old 02-06-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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Re: Built in Electric Heater

Great idea, Barry. I have one of those sitting in a storage garage. Definitely would be better than the cube laying around loose.
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Hi Barry,

I like your built in electric heater mod. Your photos are out of this world. Breathtaking !

Thank you for sharing.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:38 AM   #4
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Here is the one I installed in both my 19 and 21 Escapes
http://smile.amazon.com/Broan-174-15...c+wall+heaters
You have to insure there there is electric nearby to "tap" into, but other wise they are whisper quiet. This model is adaptable for high and/or low output. Other forum members have followed with this unit. Check it out here Planned modifications to BlackJack….
Planned modifications for my 19'
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We too have the same Broan 174 , but I ran a wire direct to it's own breaker - pretty easy to feed through the cabinets and across - just followed existing wire route . It takes only a few minutes to warm up out little 15 - we love it .
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Hi Barry,

I like your built in electric heater mod. Your photos are out of this world. Breathtaking !

Thank you for sharing.
Hi Santiago

That heater is the one I put in my 2005 17B. I put an updated one in my 2012 5.0 Classic which uses a squirrel cage fan and is a lot quieter. I gave Reace the specs for the hole size and he omitted the door below the sink and custom cut the opening for me. After delivery I just had to install the heater and hook up the electrics. Reace won't install the fan due to CSA regulations but he did rough in the opening for me.

I installed the thermostat at the foot of the bed in the 5.0's loft area and as we sleep with our feet towards the front of the trailer it makes the thermostat at the head of the bed for us.

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Here are the pics.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:01 PM   #9
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I think this type of heater makes a lot of sense for those who camp with shore power.

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Thanks for the link, Jim.
I find it interesting that the Amazon ad claims "100 percent efficient heating element" as a feature. I wonder how many buyer (or even sellers) realize that every electric resistance heating element is 100 percent efficient?
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Here is the one I installed in both my 19 and 21 Escapes
http://smile.amazon.com/Broan-174-15...c+wall+heaters
You have to insure there there is electric nearby to "tap" into, but other wise they are whisper quiet. This model is adaptable for high and/or low output. Other forum members have followed with this unit. Check it out here Planned modifications to BlackJack….
Planned modifications for my 19'
Another variation of the Cpaharley's heater. I concur that it beats the heck out of the cube heater on the floor.

Electric heater in 21'
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