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.
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