Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-23-2014, 10:19 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
jbwillingham's Avatar
 
1971 25' Tradewind
Richardson , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 42
Best Replacement Furnace

I've got a '71 Tradewind Twin that I purchased and the PO had removed the furnace and was just using an electric space heater. Can anyone suggest a good replacement furnace?

I think it originally had a Suburban NT-16. Should I just go with the newer NT-16SEQ? The trailer is only 25' feet and it doesn't look like the heat was ducted, so I am thinking of going with the same ductless set up.
__________________

__________________
jbwillingham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2014, 10:38 AM   #2
Wise Elder
 
Jammer's Avatar
 
2010 30' Classic
Vintage Kin Owner
South of the river , Minnesota
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,119
I could be mistaken but I believe your trailer would have come with a ducted NT-30.

An NT-16 is really too small. You'd have enough heat down to around 32 degrees, and below that, it wouldn't keep up, especially in the wind and at night.

In general, the Suburban NT series are the best available fit for the original location. If you are in fact going to be using a smaller unducted furnace you could consider the Atwood Everest also. It has a lower amp draw if that's important to you. I don't think there's much difference in quality or price.
__________________

__________________
To learn to see below the surface, you must adjust your altitude
Jammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2014, 10:43 AM   #3
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbwillingham View Post
I've got a '71 Tradewind Twin that I purchased and the PO had removed the furnace and was just using an electric space heater. Can anyone suggest a good replacement furnace?

I think it originally had a Suburban NT-16. Should I just go with the newer NT-16SEQ? The trailer is only 25' feet and it doesn't look like the heat was ducted, so I am thinking of going with the same ductless set up.
The original should have come with an NT-30.

That's what a replacement should be.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2014, 10:49 AM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
jbwillingham's Avatar
 
1971 25' Tradewind
Richardson , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 42
Maybe so. I am kindof flying blind because not only was the furnace removed, but the entire cabinet assembly was gone. I do still have the water pump, kitchen sink and oven, but the furnace and all the cabinets were gone, as well as any ductwork if there was any.

I don't see any evidence of ductwork. There are no cutouts in the 1/4" bulkheads where the ductwork would have gone back to the twin bed area or into the rear wetbath.

The service manual I have for the '72 version shows a diagram for a ducted system. Maybe '71 was done differently.
__________________
jbwillingham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2014, 11:58 AM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
jbwillingham's Avatar
 
1971 25' Tradewind
Richardson , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 42
In looking at my Owner's manual, it says a 23-25 ft. AS would have a 22,000 BTU furnace. Would that have been the NT-22 then?
__________________
jbwillingham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2014, 12:35 PM   #6
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbwillingham View Post
In looking at my Owner's manual, it says a 23-25 ft. AS would have a 22,000 BTU furnace. Would that have been the NT-22 then?
Yes, but you can kick it up to 30,000 for very little more money, and they are the same size.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2014, 10:19 PM   #7
Kei
Hope
 
Kei's Avatar
 
1971 23' Safari
Anthem , Arizona
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 119
Suburban 22 furnace and ductwork pictures

Quote:
Originally Posted by jbwillingham View Post
In looking at my Owner's manual, it says a 23-25 ft. AS would have a 22,000 BTU furnace. Would that have been the NT-22 then?

Here is a link to pictures of the the furnace I just removed from my '71 23' Safari Twin. '71 23' Safari Twin Suburban 22 Furnace

If you want, I can send you picts of the ductwork layout and even sell you the galvanized ductwork (I'm doing a full renovation, but don't know what I'll use to heat with yet...)
__________________
"Hope" - '71 23' Safari Twin Land Yacht
Anthem, AZ
Kei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2014, 10:28 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
J. Morgan's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
1975 31' Excella 500
Currently Looking...
Benton , Arkansas
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 5,046
Images: 11
KEI, here is what I did for a furnace. It has been tested to 9 F, worked great. Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1403062016.780833.jpg
Views:	153
Size:	737.5 KB
ID:	214439

The pic is of the TV, but the furnace made the frame.
__________________
The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

J. Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2014, 10:39 PM   #9
Kei
Hope
 
Kei's Avatar
 
1971 23' Safari
Anthem , Arizona
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 119
Make & Model?

Quote:
Originally Posted by J. Morgan View Post
KEI, here is what I did for a furnace. It has been tested to 9 F, worked great. Attachment 214439

The pic is of the TV, but the furnace made the frame.
J. Morgan,
Very nice! Who is the manufacturer and the model? (I really like the modern approach to heating the AS).
__________________
"Hope" - '71 23' Safari Twin Land Yacht
Anthem, AZ
Kei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2014, 10:54 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
jbwillingham's Avatar
 
1971 25' Tradewind
Richardson , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 42
I just found your posts today. Unfortunately I already purchased a new unit and decided to go with a ductless unit.
__________________
jbwillingham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 12:53 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
J. Morgan's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
1975 31' Excella 500
Currently Looking...
Benton , Arkansas
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 5,046
Images: 11
Best Replacement Furnace

It is a Williams direct vent wall furnace,

http://www.alpinehomeair.com/viewpro...ions_brochures

It is a residential unit, but I used it anyway. I bought it because it only needs a single two inch diameter vent tube for intake and exhaust.

I was worried about its listed BTU capacity, but it heats my trailer well and quickly even when it was very cold in the single digits and low teens. It is quiet and effective and works while I tow.

It was white as pictured in the link but I painted it. It does require 120 volts though. Not a real problem for me I run it through an inverter like most everything else in my trailer.
__________________

__________________
The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

J. Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
? best - Atwood or Suburban Furnace? prhamilt Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 12 05-09-2015 11:33 PM
best gas furnace for 24' Tradewind? SpaceEgg Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 15 12-17-2010 04:37 PM
Best Replacement for Furnace,Water Heater, and Range briheath Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 6 05-18-2009 06:47 PM
Best replacement for '63 Trade Wind International furnace Grand Master Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 2 11-12-2007 03:28 PM
Best brand Furnace? 65 overlander Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 6 02-14-2006 08:55 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.