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Jennifercks

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Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« on: August 22, 2016, 05:01:44 PM »
Has anyone added an electric fireplace to your RV?

We are thinking of converting the cabinet under our wall-mount television. It's the perfect size and also not very useful as a cabinet.

Our primary purpose is just to take the morning chill out of the air, as we are seasonal campers in the mountains. But the ambiance would be nice, too.

If you have tackled this project, I would love any advice and also whether you're glad you did it or wish you hadn't.
Traveling with Sherlock, the diva German Shepherd

2016 Forest River Wildwood 30KQBSS
& 2012 F350 with 6.7L diesel

Ernie Ekberg

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 05:22:46 PM »
we just added a freestanding fireplace
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cpaulsen

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 06:53:35 AM »
Have done one in 2 different 5th wheels.......fairly easy job.
2008 Ford F250/CC/SB/V-10/Montana 3670RL

catblaster

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2016, 07:43:11 AM »
  I took out the swivel barrel chair behind the passengers seat and added a freestanding. Just right for taking the chill off and in Florida it keeps the RV just right. We ran a separate [power supply to it from a dedicated breaker and ran a small  duct from the heating ducts in the compartments to the fireplace so when the RV heater comes on it also dumps air to the fireplace.
Will and Jane
95 Winnebago Luxor

TonyDtorch

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2016, 08:22:07 PM »
Here's a pic of what I did.

I pulled our huge old 300 lb. tv out of the existing tv cabinet,  removed the small cupboard below it,  I installed a 26" recessed fireplace in the hole and put a swivel mount 12 volt LED above it, then I put a shelf inside with our printer and router on it.

it looks great,  and is wonderful for taking the chill off in the mornings with a flick of a switch......we love it.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2016, 08:27:13 PM by TonyDtorch »

thenomad

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2016, 08:33:50 AM »
I see this a lot in motor homes but what about it a tt?
Bob and Debbie
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TonyDtorch

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2016, 09:23:36 AM »
I see this a lot in motor homes but what about it a tt?

I've seen many of the new TTs and 5ers that have them built in.

you can also go down to Harbor Freight and get a free standing one for about $60.  That's what we had for about 4 years and it was ok.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2016, 12:25:40 PM by TonyDtorch »

Rene T

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2016, 09:30:15 AM »
Here's a pic of what I did.

Tony, hope you keep the fur baby away from it. He/she may catch fire. It's pretty close in that picture.   ;D ;)
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TonyDtorch

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2016, 12:27:24 PM »
that barking dust mop ? 

he's so dumb..... he'd just think you were just petting him instead of putting out the fire.  8)
« Last Edit: November 06, 2016, 12:36:31 PM by TonyDtorch »

thenomad

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2016, 07:12:12 AM »
Here's a pic of what I did.

I pulled our huge old 300 lb. tv out of the existing tv cabinet,  removed the small cupboard below it,  I installed a 26" recessed fireplace in the hole and put a swivel mount 12 volt LED above it, then I put a shelf inside with our printer and router on it.

it looks great,  and is wonderful for taking the chill off in the mornings with a flick of a switch......we love it.
We have a tv cabinet right inside the door. Was wondering if we could use that since I will be mounting a wall bracket for the tv.
Bob and Debbie
Middletown, Ohio
2006 Silverado Vortec Max 6.0 HO
1999 Slverado 1500 Z71
1995 Jayco 1206 PUP
2005 Nomad Lite

BIG JOE

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2016, 10:20:56 AM »
Tony, hope you keep the fur baby away from it. He/she may catch fire. It's pretty close in that picture.   ;D ;)

Bob, the Cat.. likes to lay in front of our free standing wood stove at the house.. so he curls up in front of the electric fireplace in the RV.. as if it was the Real Deal.

Kind of a "Kodak Moment" at times.

Joe
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JaKM

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Re: Retrofitting an electric fireplace?
« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2016, 06:18:50 PM »
I just added one in my Flagstaff 26RLWS, removed a couple of doors below the Tv which were screwed shut behind which was a subwoofer box, moved the center stile over, mounted the speaker from the subwoofer to a 1/4" plywood panel covered with speaker cloth. I installed a 20Amp GFI receptacle and one of those plastic cord grommet rings which the cord from the fireplace comes out thru. The GFI is wired into an exterior docking port that I installed into the side of the trailer. This allows for an additional 20 amps to run the fireplace or other appliances. As for the fireplace, I looked all over for an infrared to fit the space. I only had 5"" depth and most infrareds were to big. I ended up with a remote control unit measuring 16"x 18" x 4" which gives adequate clearances. We'll try adding a link to photobucket with pics.

http://s784.photobucket.com/user/woodtel/embed/slideshow/Flagstaff%2026RLWS%20%20fireplace
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