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Old 03-07-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
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Had the honor to step inside a 1962 Bambi this weekend and fell in LOVE with the heat

It was propane heat that did not run off the batteries. This heater was contained within the wall with a metal grate in front of it. The inside looked like it contained some sort of metal unit and it gave off the most wonderful dry heat ever. They had their ski gear hanging right up above it and it was very toasty warm inside. Also, they had 'zero' condensation issues inside as well.

I wish we could have this same heating set up in our Airstream (2006 25' Safari FB) instead of the forced air (mainly because of the non-battery use but MOSTLY because of that awesome dry heat)

Was wondering if anyone has ever converted to a heat source as this?
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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Sounds like a catalytic heater. There are many threads about them here. I have one and it works great.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:22 AM   #3
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The heater you describe is no longer made.

Some 1960s-era trailers had Panelray heaters. You probably saw one of those or something similar.

The closest thing available today is the Newport gas heater from Dickinson marine. Several forum members have them and seem pleased with them. Like the Panelray and similar heaters the Newport is vented and doesn't require electricity, but it has an outside air intake so it meets the modern safety requirements.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:31 AM   #4
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Sounds like a catalytic heater to me. They are available at: Olympian Catalytic Heater - Wave 3 - 3000 BTU
A 62' Bambi would not have a panel ray heater in it....no room!
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It was propane heat that did not run off the batteries. This heater was contained within the wall with a metal grate in front of it. The inside looked like it contained some sort of metal unit and it gave off the most wonderful dry heat ever.
Sounds (& looks) like what's in our '64 GlobeTrotter...if so, it's a Day-n-Night. I found this picture of a Bambi with one on the Airstream Archives site:



Here's ours - it's a little taller and is built into a cabinet (with access behind it).



You're right it is a very nice "dry heat" it keeps us toastie warm! The only problem is it is a "heater" - not a "furnace" meaning that it is either "on" or "off" there is no thermostat. Most of the time we set it on pilot of just above at night just to keep the chill off - otherwise it's like a sauna. But it heats things up real quick upon arrival or on a cold day...

Similar heaters were used in homes around the same time (at least in CA where we grew up) Mr.InsideOut had a larger version is his house as a kid.

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Old 03-08-2011, 11:04 AM   #6
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Sounds (& looks) like what's in our '64 GlobeTrotter...if so, it's a Day-n-Night. I found this picture of a Bambi with one on the Airstream Archives site:



Here's ours - it's a little taller and is built into a cabinet (with access behind it).



You're right it is a very nice "dry heat" it keeps us toastie warm! The only problem is it is a "heater" - not a "furnace" meaning that it is either "on" or "off" there is no thermostat. Most of the time we set it on pilot of just above at night just to keep the chill off - otherwise it's like a sauna. But it heats things up real quick upon arrival or on a cold day...

Similar heaters were used in homes around the same time (at least in CA where we grew up) Mr.InsideOut had a larger version is his house as a kid.

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THAT'S IT!! Oh my -- thank you so very much!! By the way, your upholstery is amazing. I absolutely adore it.

Thank you so much again !!!
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:02 AM   #7
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The heater in my 61 Bambi is a Carlson vented recessed heater made by Pacific Specialty Mfg. Alhambra Ca. Model 6M. 4200 BTU output. It is currently undergoing restoration, I hope. Shari's description is the same for this one also.
Shari, I like the upholstery too.

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Looks like it's about the same to me...ours is just a little bigger in our GT.

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Sounds (& looks) like what's in our '64 GlobeTrotter...if so, it's a Day-n-Night. I found this picture of a Bambi with one on the Airstream Archives site:

...

Similar heaters were used in homes around the same time (at least in CA where we grew up) Mr.InsideOut had a larger version is his house as a kid.

Shari
Thanks for posting that with the name- its the same heater in our '64 Globetrotter. I liked that it is like the heaters in some California homes I've known and loved, brrr, not enough to heat a whole house but great for a trailer and easy to fix.
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