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Old 07-04-2014, 01:31 AM   #1
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Doing away with propane

Has anyone tried this? Any suggestions?
I am seriously considering trying this. May not be cost effective but what the hell, it's only money.
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:25 AM   #2
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Can I ask why?

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Old 07-04-2014, 05:15 AM   #3
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Well,
if you use your electric heat and fireplace for heat, use your electric hot water heater, get an inductive cook top, and always be plugged in or on generator...

You may not eliminate, but bet it would last a LONG time... ?!?
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:47 PM   #4
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At first I was justifying this using safety. This morning when my wife asked me to light the oven, I knew it was bad knees.
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:11 PM   #5
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The big questions...what do you do about...
1. Heat - the heat pumps lose the ability to heat below ~40?
2. Refrigerator [assuming you are using a RV refer]?
3. Oven, is there an RV electric oven? The alternative is using your microwave for all oven cooking.
4. Wate heater - yes you can use it on electric but if you have high demand you'll not be able to heat the water fast enough?
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:31 PM   #6
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I am looking at Heat from: www.rvcomfortsystems.com
Adequate hot water might be an issue.
I have been wanting to switch to a residential refer.
Not sure on oven.
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Unless your somewhere with included electric, I don't see the point. I don't consider propane in an rv to be a safety issue. Last winter we spent 3 months in Crystal River FL in our 36re. There were 5-6 nights with frost and maybe 8 below 40. We used the ele. heat and fireplace always above 40 except the first time, and found it wouldn't keep up. We never used the fireplace after going to bed but used ele. for water. We only used two 30# tanks of propane and one, I think, 4# for the grill. I don't see any real savings in it.

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Titan guy - it's your coach, so I give you approval to do what you want to it...

Mark, we found just the opposite... (course we were in the 'cold' of the southeast )

once heated, the electric kept up with OUR use - (No w/d nor DW)

and the f/p was nice the whole night

now, we will add a tower plug in heater sometimes just for the fan noise to drown out outside noises, but we were cozy in 40 degrees...
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:28 PM   #9
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What about just installing more propane safety devices? Add a few more alarms in various areas, in the basement behind the wall, one in the bedroom, etc? You'd have complete redundancy at that point as well.
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We use very little propane, but I wouldn't want to do away with it. The only time we use it is for the frig when traveling, and when it gets too cold for the heat pump to keep it warm enough. We use more for the grill since we can hook it up direct. I don't know what you would gain by totally doing away with it. Been full timing for over 12 years and camping numerous years before that. Never had a propane problem.
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