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Old 12-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #111
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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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We read this post with great interest last spring , and intended to install one of the " King Wall Heaters" - think it's great . But on trying to buy one we found that they need 8" clearance to the floor and in our Escape 15 that would not work in our location of choice ( under the closet door ) .... but Like CPAHarley we found a Broan 174 ( almost the same as the 170 ) that does not need more than 6 " clearance to the floor which works out perfectly . Although it is not installed yet ( to cold - spring job ) we did test it and found it to be whisper quiet . Really appreciate this idea - thanks .
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #112
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Today I finished installation of a new electric wall heater. I wanted something more permanent than the portable ones with plugs all over the floor and they are also very noisy. I found a very quiet Broan in wall 1000 watt heater with the option of reducing the wattage to 500 watts by disconnecting a wire during installation. I ordered it on Amazon and upon inspection I decided to add a switch to the unit to allow
either one heat element @ 500 watts or dual elements @ 1000 watts. I installed the unit at the end of the dinette to disperse the heat evenly throughout the trailer. I also installed a wall switch that has a red light when the unit is on. I tapped into an existing outlet for my power and also converted that outlet to a GFCI unit that will cut off power to the heater in the event of any electrical issues. The unit was around $80 on amazon and it is more quiet than the furnace, really impressive. It draws 4 amps on low and with the switch thrown jumps to 8 amps. Completely encased in metal, I fell it is a lot safer than the portable units.

Really appreciate this posting and pics , we have a Broan 174 and plan to install it in spring , found it to be very quiet and the install is pretty simple . Thanks
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:40 AM   #113
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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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What is the make and model of heater you had installed?
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:53 PM   #114
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Here are a couple of pictures of the 5.0 install. This particular unit only needs 4" clearance to the floor and 6" to a side wall.

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:02 AM   #115
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Thanks guys .....

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Old 12-21-2012, 11:46 AM   #118
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Barry,

Do you recall the model number you put in the 17B? I couldn't pinpoint it from the King site based on just your photo.

It appears the model you chose for your 5.0 install would have also worked in the 17B, yes?

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:23 PM   #119
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We read this post with great interest last spring , and intended to install one of the " King Wall Heaters" - think it's great . But on trying to buy one we found that they need 8" clearance to the floor and in our Escape 15 that would not work in our location of choice ( under the closet door ) .
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This is the unit I used in the 17B (Model #1210); it only requires 4" clearance to the floor as noted at the bottom of the page in the center. I guess I should have put a model number on the post to clear up any confusion! Sorry.

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