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Old 05-08-2016, 07:00 PM   #15
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Sold our little VW camper this week. Yay, now we can move on to the AS full time. We hitched it up today and moved it around to face the garage to make it easier to access. It looked so much better hitched up. Dreaming of travels to come . . .
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:54 PM   #16
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A catalytic heater is a free standing appliance that can go anywhere. It needs a source of propane so putting it close to the old furnace makes sense. Some folks mount them to a vertical surface. They do need to be covered when not in use to keep the element clean. They radiate heat, there is no fan to move hot air around the trailer.

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Surprise, we have two catalytic heaters in our trailer. They were mounted by the door and in the bathroom. Can these old ones be used safely. I can post a pic tomorrow.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:20 PM   #17
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Catalytic Heater

Back in the Dark Ages, 1979-1980, we lived in our 31 ft'er when my husband was a precommercial tree thinner (saving up $ to buy a farm). We lived on the Olympic Penninsula with frequent relocations.( This was an upgrade from a tent. Try 400 inches of rain a year, living in a tent, 2 in diapers. I will always be grateful for water that comes out of a tap, let alone running hot water!) Boondocking at it's finest.

Back to the thread... we had a Catalytic heater in those fancy digs and it was so useful! However, it stank to the high heavens when turned off every night. I was very fearful of carbon monoxide poisoning.

So, even if it is legal to install, I would reconsider. The smell and risk may not be worth it.

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Old 05-24-2016, 10:08 AM   #18
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Catalytic heaters work great but garner high praise and dire warnings equally.

You MUST have venting in your trailer, motorhome, tent, home as it needs air to run and it needs to be able to vent or it will use up your air.

You SHOULD have a detector with a good battery.

The wicks or blankets can be too old or full of dust so check those first.

Newer ones have a oxygen shut down safety valve.
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:23 PM   #19
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So a previous owner already installed catalytic heaters in your trailer. Maybe you are all set. Now you have to learn about them and check them out. Our instructions say the heater is diminished capacity when the element gets dusty. Ours have a vinyl cover over them when not in use. I can't think of many more dusty environments than a vintage Airstream.

And yes, you must crack a window or open a roof vent when using the heater. II don't believe they create carbon monoxide, but they do consume oxygen.

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Old 06-01-2016, 01:30 PM   #20
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Progress report

So upon purchasing our Tradewind, in our blissful naïveté, we planned a "minor" refurb of cosmetics in and out and updating some of the critical systems. So fast forward we've gradually come to the realization that minor is now major. We have pretty much gutted the thing and are replacing the floor. The water damage was more extensive than we could accept. I know same sad story . . . So we have made progress 'cause I love me some good demolition. Well it's a little more complicated, more like dismantling as gently as possible. That's a little tougher. We have removed the cabinetry, the furnace, the hot water heater, the black tanks, the fresh water tank, the bathroom fixtures, etc, etc, etc. anyone need parts for furnace, hot water heater, air conditioner? We are replacing these appliances. If so let us know. Trying to post pics - anyone else having trouble with this?
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More progress this weekend

AC is off the roof. Thank goodness for friends with tools. The back floor is out and partially replaced. Continuing to work on clear coat removal. Having a galvanized pan fabricated for the black tank (black tank is another issue). Repaired all window cranks. Made replacement brace for canopy.
So moving forward we will be completing the floor replacement and installing installing a/c. Of course the whole list is enormous. But we're eating this elephant one bite at a time.
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Old 06-13-2016, 07:27 PM   #23
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Way too many VWs in the background!

Your old Trade Wind looks like mine did in the back. I did not have to replace as much subfloor as you folks.

Soon you will begin the rebuild process. Keep in mind that takes much longer than the teardown. Have patiences.

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VWs are so much fun

The VW community is awesome. Supportive, knowledgeable, interesting and fun. We love 'em. Your floor wasn't too bad. Ours probably only required the very back section replaced but since everything was out we decided to do the next section also just to be totally sure everything was solid. Got that section cut and test fitted tonight should have it all locked down by the weekend. It was 97 degrees here today. Talk about a SAUNA . . . Then we had a major downpour of rain. Tarp covering the empty a/c hole held tight thank goodness. Ordered a new roof air conditioner today. Should be here around the last week of this month. That should be fun.
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I was wondering if your Trade Wind had a "future air conditioner" 115v AC wire installed by the factory from the circuit breaker box to the roof. I have read here many Airstreams have this wire, and my 66 Trade Wind had one.

What ever previous owner installed the AC on my Trade Wind was not aware of this wire, and consequently ran a new wire (without a conduit) along the base of the interior wall.

The original AC wire was black. My "new" wire is yellow romex.

The old VW hobby is fun, similar to other vintage cars. I was discussing "milestone" cars with a friend the other day. Certainly the Ford model T was one. And the VW "peoples car" was another with the air cooled rear engine and efficient space utilization. That successful design lasted until this very day with the Porsche 911.

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I was wondering if your Trade Wind had a "future air conditioner" 115v AC wire installed by the factory from the circuit breaker box to the roof. I have read here many Airstreams have this wire, and my 66 Trade Wind had one.

What ever previous owner installed the AC on my Trade Wind was not aware of this wire, and consequently ran a new wire (without a conduit) along the base of the interior wall.

The original AC wire was black. My "new" wire is yellow romex.

The old VW hobby is fun, similar to other vintage cars. I was discussing "milestone" cars with a friend the other day. Certainly the Ford model T was one. And the VW "peoples car" was another with the air cooled rear engine and efficient space utilization. That successful design lasted until this very day with the Porsche 911.

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Yes there is an a/c in our future. There was on old one in place - Armstrong - so all the wiring is there. We received the new one Friday but had some damage so we are trying to exchange it. Always hurdles to jump in these projects. You're sailing along and out of the blue a big rogue wave takes you under. But that's just the nature of things. Back on track soon I hope. It's not like there's nothing else we can work on in the interim. It's just that big 14x14 hole in the roof that makes you keep your eye on the clouds. The damage was not evident until we removed the Box and tried to unscrew it from the crate.
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We ordered through amazon from rvsupplies so we will see how good their customer service is. Amazon has always been great for us . . . But this is a third party deal. It's hard to see the damage but the lower pan is bent in a couple places and the screws that held the unit to the crate were bent. Looks like it's been dropped on its side.
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