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Old 05-13-2009, 09:13 PM   #1
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Best Replacement for Furnace,Water Heater, and Range

Hello Everyone. I own and in the process of restoring my 1965 Trade wind Twin 24'.

I looking to replace my original International MGF 1525 Model furnace. Does anyone have any information about what furnace could be used as a direct replacement. I would like to use the same duct system if possible.

I'm would also like to replace my original Bowen water heater. I've read forums that recommend using the suburban and one other that I can't remember right now. I would like to know what others have used and there experiances.

Also The gas range has seen better days. Any information here would also be great.

Part of Me wants to try and see if they even work. But another part tells me to just replace the 44 year old units.

Thank You

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Old 05-13-2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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Hi.

Suburban and Hydro-flame are popular furnaces,

Water heaters are made by either Atwood or Suburban.

Stoves- there are more than one manufacturer, check out Camping World.
Atwood, Magic Chef, Suburban, and Wedgwood.

Hope this helps....
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:07 PM   #3
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Bowen is now Atwood. The switch is fairly straightforward, just replace your present unit by one of the same size (6 or 10 gallon). They are available with a variety of options, like gas/electric heat, pilot ignition or electric ignition, etc.
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Hello Everyone. I own and in the process of restoring my 1965 Trade wind Twin 24'.

I looking to replace my original International MGF 1525 Model furnace. Does anyone have any information about what furnace could be used as a direct replacement. I would like to use the same duct system if possible.

I'm would also like to replace my original Bowen water heater. I've read forums that recommend using the suburban and one other that I can't remember right now. I would like to know what others have used and there experiances.

Also The gas range has seen better days. Any information here would also be great.

Part of Me wants to try and see if they even work. But another part tells me to just replace the 44 year old units.

Thank You

Brian
Brian.

You should not use the International furnace as they fall apart internally, as well as the gas control valve leaks, both contributing to an internal explosion within the furnace. There was several modifications to those furnaces when new. But, none of them removed that furnace from the "junker" category that it so enjoyed, because of it's many faults and failures.

Andy
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:02 AM   #5
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Be sure to check out Palomino Parts. They are a division of Forest River (trailer manufacturer) and if you know what you want, they can save you a lot of money. The shipping is reasonable too.
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You really will not have much trouble replacing the componants in the trailer. I had an old 72 Safari and now have an 08 Safari. I was right at home in the new trailer. All of the componants are virtually the same as they were 35 years ago! The biggest change is the electronics. All the new stuff has ignitors so you don't need to run around lighting things when you set up camp.
If you size things right, most new parts will slip right in or only need very small mods to make them work.
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:47 PM   #7
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I want to say thank you to everyone who responded to my question. I will be getting my new units real soon. The body will be separated from the frame this week then I can start putting things back together.

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