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Old 10-22-2009, 10:14 PM   #1
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Keep the propane heater or change it out?

I am starting the renovation of my 1958 Caravanner and have a question about how wise it is to keep the old air heater. All of the appliances in the airstream work and the Barnes 'Fresh Air Heater ' looks to be lightly used and I am wondering about whether I should attempt to renovate it or get something new. I like the way it fits unobtrusively under the stove and has a single vent out the side of the trailer and a vent at floor level. I have read other threads that say if the unit can be fixed it actually may be better than new heaters. Any experience out there with this heater?

I am planning to change out the hot water heater though.


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Old 10-22-2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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Dunno, I was wondering the same about my furnace, it's the original one. But while some parts are still available, I got to thinking what I would do if I had a 35 year old furnace in my house.

The answer? Change it out and fast. The water heater will be after that.

If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Hi, old doesn't necessarily mean bad. The furnace in my house is about 57 years old. In your trailer, I would remove it, and take it apart. If all is well, re-install it. If not replace it.

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