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Old 02-15-2010, 11:07 PM   #29
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Why do we need a heater?

I'll tell you. Because even here in South Texas during the Vintage rally it got bone cold here for most of the last week and even to week 3 of Feb.
I ordered a new NT30SP which showed up last Thursday, (thanks UPS for delivering it an hour after I left for the rally). Had someone drive it out to me because it was COLD in that trailer. Had a small thermal elec. heater running.
Well since the heater reached me about 4:00 didn't get it installed completely. But at 10:00 that night as temps hit freezing the breaker tripped in the trailer and off went the heater and TV. It overheated and tripped again a few minutes later. So to keep it running I turned it down quite a bit. It got chilly in that trailer that night. So I made it THE priority to get the new furnace running on Friday and did so at about 5:30. Bottom line FURNACE ROCKS! It was very quiet and having it come on and off automatically was music to my ears after nearly freezing Thurs. The heat rises out of the two floor vents and the trailer warms up evenly but it's not like central heating that blows on you in my house.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:10 PM   #30
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Yup, the NT22A is the heater we had - past tense. It is out of the trailer, internals rotted to heck, and is waiting to donate any vital organs that might be useful elsewhere. We left the case and ducting just in case a future furnace seems in the cards or until we're absolutely sure that isn't the way we want to go. We're keeping our options open at the moment.

Current camping plans won't require much, if any, heat, so we're spending our energy on more urgent projects... like axles.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:36 PM   #31
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Yes, I found the numbers and it is the dreaded NT22A ...add this little project to the ever growing list of things to do.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:43 PM   #32
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MelloM, I like your heater. Where did you get it? I think thats what Ill do. Thanks
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:15 PM   #33
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MelloM, I like your heater. Where did you get it? I think thats what Ill do. Thanks
You can buy catalytic propane heaters at any well stocked RV Parts Store. Ours is made by Olympian.

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Great, Thanks Mike!
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:08 PM   #35
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Yes, I too have the dreaded NT22A.
HAD...pulled it out PO said it works.. Im scared of it and not know anything about a furnace, its headed for the trash heap. On less worry. The good news.. Lots more cabinet space
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:53 PM   #36
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I've camped in my B-van in snow and freezing temperatures (down to 18 Fahrenheit one night). If you only ever plan to do summer camping, you can probably get by without a heat source, but I always take some form of heat with me if I'm out in the early spring/late fall/early winter time frame.

The earliest in the season I've camped is mid-March, in the DC area. The latest in the season is this last Christmas, in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. A couple years ago, I stayed in the camper one night in February when the power to the house was out from an ice storm.

My B-van has a furnace, but it has developed a problem wherein it squeals loudly when it first kicks on, which makes it hard to sleep with. So, until I get that fixed, I've been using an electric space heater. It does okay, and it's fine at a campground where there's plenty of power available, but I need the furnace working for April's Cherry Blossom Rally in case it gets cold. Also, I don't like the electric space heater as much because it's in the way on the floor, while the furnace is neatly tucked away and has ductwork to warm both the bathroom and the rest of the camper. The furnace does a much better job making the camper "feel" warm.

Winter camping has its own challenges, but it's as much fun as camping in the summer.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:43 AM   #37
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When I had a SOB, I never used the propane furnace; fired it up once or twice to make sure that it worked. I always used an electric, oil filled radiator type heater. I'll probably use a portable a/c instead of a roof top unit also. More versatile, less expensive.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:53 AM   #38
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hey,heres my two cents.we live in southwest montana and go down by west yellowstone alot.it goes below 32 quite often at night and even occasionally snows even in the summer.i know my wife likes having control of the thermostat.we also have an electric heater in case we are somewhere with electricity.you can always go with, if you have it,you won't need it.
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I'll probably use a portable a/c instead of a roof top unit also. More versatile, less expensive.
More versatile? What exactly does a window unit do that a RV unit doesn't? As to being less expensive, maybe so; but don't you have to think there is a reason that so many RV owners opt for the more expensive solution?
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One reason for a furnace

So if you are traveling and it's a cold night and you pull off the road at WalMart or roadside park for a few hours your electric heater will be of no use to you. So you turn on the propane, move thermostat to the right and in a few minutes the trailer is warm.
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More versatile? What exactly does a window unit do that a RV unit doesn't? As to being less expensive, maybe so; but don't you have to think there is a reason that so many RV owners opt for the more expensive solution?

More versatile as in I can move it to my other trailer, use it in the garage, use it anywhere that it's hot and I have electricity. Notice, it's not a window unit.
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Maybe if someone gives them to you other wise the costs of parts, say in my case a fan motor or blower is over $100. For $375 + $25 you can have a NEW under warranty NT30SP. I'm ordering mine tomorrow. To me I want my Tradewind complete, so it's worth the money to put a new one in and when I'm on the road and it is cold outside and inside, I know that heat is a thermostat away.
Rich, Where can you find one for $400? All the prices I have been finding are $700-800.

I have been using a big buddy hooked up at the point where the furnace propane came in. I really never thought about going camping in the winter. But this year we could not wait til spring so we have go a few times and we enjoy just sitting out there. It would be nice to just have the furnace hooked up.
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