Repair RV Fireplace

by | Aug 31, 2019

Joan and I have owned our 5th wheel for five years. If you are in a similar situation, you have discovered that things break overtime. Just as owning a home, vehicle and anything mechanical, maintenance and repairs are needed from use. That’s the case with today’s project: Repair RV Fireplace. One crisp, early Spring morning this year, we were enjoying the RV Fireplace electric heater and then: Snap, Crackle, Pop! Sparks flew from the top, the breaker blew and that was the end of the heater. We are getting ready for a long trip, like the convenience of the RV fireplace heater and after much searching, found a replacement.

Finding a replacement RV fireplace

repair rv fireplaceAfter a long search, we found a replacement RV fireplace at etrailer.com – same model and size as the unit that failed. We consider a repair, but parts were hard to source and the cost ended up close to that of a new unit. In the video, I mentioned this would be the shortest video I ever created. Thought was to take the old RV fireplace off the mounting bracket and hang the new unit in its place. Wrong! After 5 years, the mounting brackets had changed. Only option was a complete new installation.

Installing the RV Fireplace

install rv fireplaceThe new RV fireplace came with mounting instructions, but unfortunately, they were useless. The instructions were based on a flat wall installation and I had to fit inside of a cove style door. It was very time consuming, measuring and remeasuring to ensure the fit and off camera, I’ll admit, patience ran a little thin. Advice for those planning to tackle a similar repair:

  • Take your time.
  • Measure
  • Then measure again before you start drilling for the mounting the bracket.

Once the bracket was in place, it took less than a minute to hang the RV fireplace, plug in and turn on.
We couldn’t be happier with the installation. The newer unit has a few extra features. And the fireplace display is more attractive over the previous unit. Overall, we’re glad we tackled the Repair RV Fireplace project and are looking forward to having our heater back for those brisk Fall and early Spring mornings.

Additional information:

Replacement RV Fireplace purchased at www.etrailer.com

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