RV Daily Tips Issue 496. October 22, 2014 | RV Travel

Do you really want a fireplace in your RV?

by Jim Twamley
Many RV manufacturers have been installing fake fireplaces in their RVs. These are really nice for atmosphere, and they do actually give off some heat. On the other hand, they also take up space that could be used for storage and most RVers don’t use them much. Another drawback is they use a lot of propane gas, but so does your furnace. (If they are the electric models they also draw a lot of electricity.)
When you’re buying an RV, the manufacturers are selling you a dream. They’re promoting an idea of home and hearth, warmth and romance, luxury and leisure. The fake fireplace helps to sell these units; otherwise, they wouldn’t include them. If you want the fun of the fake fireplace then by all means, pick one of these units. If you want efficient, cost-effective heat then have a catalytic heater installed instead. These units will warm your RV much more efficiently and be more cost-effective, though less romantic.
We had these fake fireplaces in our last two stick houses and only used them three or four times. Those of you who have these units in your RVs, please tell us if you think they are worth having. Tell us what you think by dropping a line to the editor Russ at rvtravel dot com.
Well Jim I am sorry to tell you that I and my wife do enjoy our “fake fireplace” We have an electric unit in our 5th wheel and on cold nights or chilly morning we will turn it on to add heat quicker than just the furnace, and at night it is nice if you are not lucky enough to be outside sitting next to a real camp fire.

About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

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