Ten + years ago when we really started looking at 5th wheels with the intent of figuring out exactly what we wanted in a coach for when Michael’s retirement arrived we thought it was totally ludicrous to have a fireplace in a ‘camper’. Then one day we were at an RV show and made that remark to one of the salesman who replied, ‘I used to think the same thing until one of my customers reminded me that when you are in an RV park that has electric included in the fee you can use the fireplace to heat the coach and not the have extra expense of using propane for the furnace’. Hmmm….that got us to thinking and pretty much from that point on we were set on having a fireplace.
We are both so VERY happy that we went with the fireplace! The fireplace, by itself, keeps the entire coach comfortable most of the time here in Alabama. (Keep in mind we also have dual-pane windows).
Our particular fireplace has a couple of different settings. One switch allows you to turn the heat on and off (which is nice because you can have the ‘look’ of the fire without the heat in the warmer weather if you want). There are also a dimmer switch and a blower fan switch so that we can adjust the brightness & fan settings.
The only thing that we wish that the fireplace had is a remote. The controls are at the bottom of the fireplace…pretty much on the floor and it can make it difficult to see which switch is for what. Michael even contacted the manufacturer, Dimplex, to see if we could order a remote…but unfortunately they don’t have one for this model.
Moral of the story? If you’re looking to buy a coach and thinking of what options to choose, go with a fireplace…you’ll thank us!