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Old 12-19-2012, 07:38 AM   #101
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Jim, what are we seeing that is black in your cabinet in the last few pictures?
Hi: DonM... Looks like a toaster oven stored in there as well, or one of those fancy wine chillers. Alf
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:43 AM   #102
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Yes, it is my toaster over, which I'm thinking will be deep sixed, I think it has been used 4 times in the past 3 years and takes up a lot of "shoe" space. Each year I try to go thru and eliminate or add items I feel is needed, I guess due to the micro the toaster oven is not needed.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:18 AM   #103
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Jim,

Looks like a very clean install and should keep the trailer nice and warm.

Just wondering for those of you that have an air conditioner, would a heat strip in the AC provide a similar amount of heat? Are there advantages to the stand alone heater versus the heat strip in the AC.

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Old 12-19-2012, 10:48 AM   #104
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I have the heat strip in the a/c, yes it takes the chill off, but you have to turn on the roof top unit and the fan blows across a 5200 btu electric element. Very noisy and it has no thermostat.
This new unit is thermostatically controlled and whisper quiet, you leave it on continuously and it works silently.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:51 AM   #105
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I also have the heat strip, but as Jim says it is very noisy without great results, I have a small little electric space heater that is almost silent and puts out great heat, havn't used it in reallly cold weather yet but I probably would not bother with a heat strip again.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:59 PM   #106
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Dave: What's the make and model or your space heater? Sounds like it works well.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:03 PM   #107
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Jim, Dave,

Thanks for the information on the heat strip and a/c. Can I assume from your comments that the a/c is somewhat noisy when in use?

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:20 PM   #108
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Yes, the sound is equal to having the a/c on in the summer
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:29 PM   #109
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Hi Jim

I put one of these heaters in my 2005, 17B, see the post here, Built in Electric Heater I too put in a switch to toggle from 500 to 1000 watts but found that using the 500 watt element only didn't give out enough heat. Also, I found that using the built in thermostat made the heater cycle on and off all the time and ended wiring in a wall thermostat.

When I had my 5.0 built I had Reace cut an opening and pre wire for a heater and thermostat and installed one especially made and approved for RV's. These heaters work excellent and I can't understand why more trailers don't have them as an option; especially when they are used in the States as so many state campsites have hookups.

We spend about 50% of our time boon docking but when we have hookups really appreciate having the elec. heater.

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Old 12-19-2012, 08:10 PM   #110
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Hi Barry,
Any pictures of your 5.0 heater install? I haven't used mine yet in re: heat out put, but I got tired of using the little cube heaters and this one is so quiet. I got the idea from my other fg camper I had, an all electric EggCamper which had this type of heater. In that scene, I missed having propane for those non electric sites. Nice having a choice or even both if necessary.
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