How To Install An RV Fireplace

How To Install An RV Fireplace

A Warm Addition to Your On-Wheels: The DIY RV Fireplace Installation Guide

Many RV enthusiasts ask themselves how they can put an RV fireplace in their recreational vehicle. While some may think such a task would be complicated, it is easy.

This step-by-step guide will explain how to install a fireplace and the tools you'll need to do it.

Preparing for your Electric RV Fireplace

Before you can enjoy the crackle of a new fireplace in your RV, you need to get yourself prepared. Most RV fireplaces are very simple to install, with many allowing you to plug them in and plop them down in whatever location you desire. However, some fireplaces may require a little more effort to install.

Material List

Tool Kit

  • Drill and drill bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Socket and wrench set
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety glasses

Please note that any and all safety guidelines should be followed as outlined by the manufacturer of your specific RV fireplace make and model.

Choosing the Right Spot to install an RV fireplace

After getting all the tools and materials you'll need for installation, you're ready for the first step: choosing where to place your RV fireplace.

Where you choose to put your fireplace will depend largely on its size and type. Electric RV fireplaces tend to be the most versatile, allowing you to use spaces like unused cabinet spaces, empty TV cabinets, empty shelves, and more. Here are a few things to consider while choosing your spot.

Spotting the Ideal Location

  • Choose an area free of flammable materials and clear of foot traffic.
  • Think about how your fireplace's weight will impact your RV's weight distribution.
  • Ensure you have easy access to your fireplace for wiring and venting installation.

Position and Secure your RV Fireplace

Once you have chosen the right spot for your electric fireplace, you'll be ready to position it. After you have your fireplace positioned the way you want, you can secure it in the installation location so that it doesn't shift and slide around as you travel.

Secure the Fireplace

  • Use a level to make sure your fireplace is sitting evenly.
  • Use brackets or supports as needed to secure the unit.
  • Follow manufacturer guidelines for clearances and support.

Connect your Electric RV fireplace to power

This step can get a little tricky. Most electric RV fireplaces are very simple and allow you to simply plug them into an open power outlet on the wall. Other fireplace models may require a bit of wiring. The manufacturer's directions should be strictly followed during this step of installation!

electric fireplace plugged into an electrical outlet

Electrical Connection

  • Identify an appropriate electrical supply and ensure it can handle the load.
  • Connect the fireplace according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • Consider installing a circuit breaker for added safety.

For more information on RV electrical safety, check out this safety guide from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Heating Up in the RV

  • Properly size the heating vent kit for your space.
  • Follow manufacturer guidelines for vent installation.
  • Test for air leaks using a safe, non-toxic smoke source.

Test Your Fireplace For Safety And Satisfaction

Now that your electric fireplace is installed and secured in your recreational vehicle, it's time to test it out and ensure you're happy with it!

Lighting the First Flame

  • Turn your fireplace on and carefully observe the unit for any unexpected behavior.
  • Check for any malfunctions and gas leaks if it's a gas-powered fireplace.
  • Confirm that temperature controls are working correctly.

man servicing an electric fireplace

Maintaining Your New RV Fireplace

Now that you've installed your fireplace and checked that it's working properly, it's time to review what you can do to keep it working properly. Regular maintenance will help keep your fireplace working smoothly and efficiently.

  • Schedule regular checks for the heating element, fan, and electrical connections.
  • Clean the fireplace and venting system according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • Check and change batteries if they're part of the fireplace's control system.

And the RV Fireplace Warms On

Installing a fireplace in an RV is a quick and easy DIY project that easily takes the aesthetics and comfort of your recreational vehicle up to a new level. By following the steps in this guide, you'll be on your way to a cozier RV life with a new RV fireplace in no time!

Apr 1st 2024 Corey Johnson

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