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Electric Fireplace Solutions for Recreational Vehicles

RVing is bigger and better than ever! If you are part of the many who enjoy this lifestyle, then you will want to read on for tips to enhance your traveling experience.

Electric fireplaces are a great way to provide comfort and ambiance to your trips. Most customers purchase our Plug In fireplace models. If you are looking for additional heating power or a variety of trim options, Direct Wire models may fit your needs to provide supplemental heat and a cozy feel to their home on the road.

The benefits of electric fireplaces for RVs include:
  • They can be installed almost anywhere – no venting needed
  • Perfect to retrofit into a cabinet or existing void – no clearance required
  • Installation is EASY and inexpensive – requires 110 v power supply (normal household voltage)
  • Realistic flame can be used independently from the heater – year round enjoyment!
  • Units can be trimmed to match your décor
  • Provides supplemental heat as needed
Actual Customer Installations:
  • Greg Miller
    State College, PA

    Uses the ClassicFlame 18" Plug-In Electric Fireplace (18EF010GAA) for supplemental heating in his 36 foot Southwind Motorhome. His family turns it on even in the summer, "When we don't need the heat, just to enjoy the cozy feel of the fire."
  • Alfred from Florida
    The ClassicFlame 18" Plug-In Electric Fireplace (18EF010GAA) he installed into his 2008 Montana 2980RL "Looks as good as the factory installed unit our friends have and at a fraction of the cost. I think anyone with average skills and a few hand tools could do this installation."
  • Bill
    Lake Orion, MI

    Bill installed a ClassicFlame 18" 18EF010GAA in his Open Range 322RK 5th Wheel. He says, "I cut the lower part of my hutch away and built the trim but it came out really good."
  • Don Hammett
    Hudson, Florida

    "We installed the ClassicFlame 33" built-in in the entertainment center of our fifth wheel RV. I was able to get all the manuals and dimensions off the internet from Electric Fireplaces Direct and make the modifications to the cabinetry ahead of time. The unit was easy to assemble and fit perfectly. Simple, beautiful and great added heat!"
  • E.C.
    Conyers, GA

    Installed an electric fireplace into a 5th wheel RV, replacing an existing "looks only" unit with a ClassicFlame 18" 18EF010GAA, getting a more realistic looking flame plus heat.

How-To Select and Install an Electric Firebox for Use in a Recreational Vehicle:
Most models are easy to install - perfect for the do-it-yourselfer!
  • Determine the best location in your RV for installation.
    All of our electric units are zero clearance so you can choose the perfect viewing spot. Look for a void in a suitable cabinet with access to electricity. Many people will install these near the television, convert an existing cabinet or make use of wasted wall space.

  • Measure the height, width, and depth available for installation
    Browse our selection of styles here: and make your final fireplace selection based on suitable size (You will see the dimensions for each unit on the product information page under "Item Details" tab) and desired features.

  • Place your order either online or by calling one of our helpful customer service specialists (866.966.1122)

  • Cut your cabinet based on the dimensions inside of the firebox flange
    The flange is generally ½" and is on the top and the sides of each electric firebox. Leave a few inches of air space inside cavity above unit to allow for air intake.

  • Create a support for your firebox underneath the unit.
    The support frame is most often made of wood and should allow the firebox to sit level and avoid movement while you're on the road.

  • Plug the unit into a 110V outlet inside the cavity or direct wire appropriately

  • Slide the firebox into the cut-out and secure
    Electric fireplaces do not require any clearance from combustible material (ex. wood trim or laminate) or provision for venting, but you will need to leave a few inches of air space inside cavity above unit to allow for air intake.

  • Trim the outside of firebox appropriately
    Most people use material similar to their cabinet trim. Review our customer pictures for inspiration.

  • Enjoy!

Freestanding Fireplaces for Use on the Road and at Home

Some RVers enjoy the portability of free standing electric fireplaces, styled like cast iron stoves. These models offer the convenience of no mess nor clean up after enjoying the flame effect. There is no need to wait around to make sure the fire is completely out before going to sleep or leaving the RV. The flexibility of an electric fireplace allows patios to be warmed on clear, crisp evenings, moved indoors to heat the RV sleeping area, then unpacked and placed into the owners home once your trip ends.

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