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Old 01-11-2017, 01:29 PM   #1
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Who installed your CHEAP HEAT?

We are travelling to Nashville in September and thinking about contacting RVSFORLESS to have the cheap heat installed.

If you had yours installed there how was the experience?

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Old 01-11-2017, 02:59 PM   #2
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RVs for Less installs the Cheap Heat system on all the new DRVs that they have on the lot, as far as I know. We bought ours (see signature) from their new unit inventory, so the Cheap Heat system was already installed at delivery. They are an RV Comfort Systems (Cheap Heat) dealer/installer, so they should have plenty of experience.

We love the Cheap Heat system. All we ever use is the fireplace plus the Cheap Heat to keep the 5th wheel warm down into the 20s. Even then, there's reserve capacity left as both the fireplace and Cheap Heat (furnace) are still cycling.

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Old 01-11-2017, 03:15 PM   #3
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RollingRetreats did ours. It's a GREAT mod and worth every $$$. If fact it's keeping us warm right now in COLD PalmSprings, CA area.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:30 PM   #4
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What's a cheap heat system?
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:32 PM   #5
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Cheap Heat

Great to know. Thanks alot.

Are there any separate controls for the Cheap Heat system or it is controlled from thermostat.

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Old 01-11-2017, 04:11 PM   #6
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Great to know. Thanks alot.

Are there any separate controls for the Cheap Heat system or it is controlled from thermostat.

thanks

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It's controlled from the thermostat just as the furnace would be. The only "control" is a toggle switch in the control cabinet labeled "Gas/Electric" that allows you to select between the propane burner or the Cheap Heat's electric strip heat as the heating medium.

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Old 01-11-2017, 04:12 PM   #7
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:13 PM   #8
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We have a switch that is either Electric or propane. They are both tied into the T stat.

Cheap heat is a 220V electric coil added to the plenum of the heat system. You need shore 50A power or a 220V gen as I listed above.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:45 PM   #9
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What is the cost for such a Cheap Heat system?
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:29 PM   #10
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Cheap heat is a 220V electric coil added to the plenum of the heat system. You need shore 50A power or a 220V gen as I listed above.
Just a comment - the strip heating elements can be wired either as 240VAC or 120VAC. The latter would allow one to run it on either 30 amp or 50 amp service, BUT it would cut the heat output in half. I wouldn't recommend it. You can always use propane for the times you're restricted to 30 amp service.

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Old 01-11-2017, 11:02 PM   #11
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RVs for Less wired ours in when we bought our unit.
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:34 PM   #12
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So it wouldn't be worth looking at for 120v service?
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Old 01-12-2017, 05:03 AM   #13
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You'd have to decide that. It's just that, for a given number of strip heating elements with constant resistance, 120VAC will produce half the heat (wattage) as 240VAC.

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Old 01-12-2017, 11:28 AM   #14
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You'd have to decide that. It's just that, for a given number of strip heating elements with constant resistance, 120VAC will produce half the heat (wattage) as 240VAC.

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True - but I still wouldn't dismiss it if a 30A coach... A smaller coach (which 30A rigs typically are) doesn't need the same heat as a larger coach - and still cheaper than burning propane when electricity is included in the site charge...

On 50A rig - I would lean towards the 220/240VAC option.
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:42 PM   #15
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so it wouldn't be worth looking at for 120v service?
imho, no!!!

I think ours cost $1,200-1,300. NOT "Cheap" but WELL worth it.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:38 PM   #16
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Slade at Rolling Retreats installed our Cheap Heat also.

It was $1300 last April.

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Old 01-16-2017, 06:14 PM   #17
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Just a comment - the strip heating elements can be wired either as 240VAC or 120VAC. The latter would allow one to run it on either 30 amp or 50 amp service, BUT it would cut the heat output in half. I wouldn't recommend it. You can always use propane for the times you're restricted to 30 amp service.

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Or run my 220V Gen, but that would be completely stupid!
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:29 PM   #18
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Has anybody installed the Cheap Heat system in a Vegas ?
I spoke with the manufacturer and he was not familiar with the Vegas and was not sure if it would fit.
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Old 01-20-2017, 05:31 AM   #19
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What is the cost for such a Cheap Heat system?
I was quoted $1500. for cheap heat at r.r. on 1-16.This is on a new 36
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Old 01-20-2017, 06:11 AM   #20
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I was quoted $1500. for cheap heat at r.r. on 1-16.This is on a new 36
So, like most everything else, the cost has gone up a bit. Did you buy your rig there?

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