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Old 04-10-2009, 08:15 AM   #1
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Furnace Removal???

We are getting rid of our old furnace and not replacing it. Does anyone know how to remove it and the shroud? I have included pictures of the items in question.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:34 AM   #2
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Removing the Furnace

#1. MAKE SURE THE PROPANE IS TURNED OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are a selection of screws holding the outer vent in place. Removing these will allow you to loosen the sheet metal vent from the flue tube coming out of the side of the trailer. You may have to tap with a rubber mallet to loosen the rust from the flue tube.
Inside, disconnect the propane line from the furnace. Make sure to use a backup wrench so as not to twist or kink the propane supply line. There are a few screws at the floor level holding the furnace in place. Remove these.
Also, you will have a 12 volt power supply and a ground wire, along with the thermostat wires. Be sure to remove these and label accordingly.
I hope this helps.
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:32 PM   #3
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The outside vent shroud screws are a bit hidden. They are down low on the left and right sides. You actually have to get a long phillips screwdriver between the back of the shroud and the outer skin. The screws are at a slight angle, also, and there are only two of them.

Someone will want your shroud. Please don't throw it away.

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Old 04-11-2009, 11:26 PM   #4
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We'll, it took a couple of hours but we finally got the old furnace out and the new converter in. It took a lot of manipulating but we managed to find and remove the screws on the shroud. They (the screws) are almost impossible to get to and the rust had almost frozen them in place. We cut the back plate away from the furnace and reattached it so that we could keep the shroud in place. From the outside everything looks the same but from the inside, more room.

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Old 04-28-2009, 09:28 PM   #5
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I am thinking of doing the same to my '64 Safari. I'd love to see some pictures of the finished project if you have any.

Thanks in advance
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I'm planning on replacing the furnace with a small LG window air conditioner with a heat strip. The shroud will pullout on a slide with the a/c on it. I'll put a plenum in the back of the closet to direct the output up high for cold and down low for hot. I heard on an early episode of The VAP about someone doing this on a small Airstream and it sounds like a great way to hide the a/c and get some replacement heat source back. It isn't much heat but enough for mild weather camping. It comes with a remote control and fits within the existing cutout on my '64 Safari.
My goal is to keep the outside as stock as I can and update the systems and interior to suit me.
Just another idea.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:54 PM   #7
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Bumping this back up after a quick search on how to remove the shroud. I will be removing the furnace on my '64 Safari next weekend. I still have the exterior shroud, which I want to save to save for the next furnace. I would love to do as Viking suggests in post #6, but I need more heat in Minnesota, and the need for heat with no shore power (12v and gas). Currently assuming a new gas furnace is my only option.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:36 AM   #8
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It's probably the best option for the cold weather you will be into Tim. At least it will minimize the chances of you ending up with frozen tanks.
By the way, A PO had replaced the pan around my black tank and when they did, they set it in a sheet of plastic, probably to keep it from leaking. What they forgot to do was to open a hole in the plastic for the heated air to flow into the area around the tank. Just an observation, and a reminder to check these areas out if you can. You never know what you might find.

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Rich:

Do I assume that once you remove the two screws on the shroud, does the shroud pull straight off? Or lift and pull?

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I think I had to lift it up off of the part of the furnace that projects out of the shell. I believe it was the exhaust vent coming from the furnace. The shroud slips up and off of it after you remove the two screws.

On another note, on the way to Burningman, my DEW(dear ex-wife) helped wipe out my water heater shroud going through a gas station and I'm looking for an original to replace it with. If you change yours out or hear of another one anywhere would you please let me know? It would be much appreciated!
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I think I had to lift it up off of the part of the furnace that projects out of the shell. I believe it was the exhaust vent coming from the furnace. The shroud slips up and off of it after you remove the two screws.
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On another note, on the way to Burningman, my DEW(dear ex-wife) helped wipe out my water heater shroud going through a gas station and I'm looking for an original to replace it with. If you change yours out or hear of another one anywhere would you please let me know? It would be much appreciated!
Have a good day,
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DEW Big Ooops, I got my eye out for a replacement shroud for you Rich, and you have a good day too!
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I believe I have decided to throw away the entire old furnace, and just keep the old shroud, and reuse it somehow. I was hoping to use the old shroud on a new furnace, but I do not think that possible, as the venting on modern furnaces is very different. I could use the old shroud for visual purposes only, and then remove the shroud whenever I want to actually fire up and use the furnace. Interested in what others have done. I do know I do not like the looks of the trailer as much without a shroud vs. with it. It's a Vintage thing.
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I got all mixed up and put in an air conditioner instead of a furnace. I really like it though. I'm going to use an alternative method of heating which has not yet revealed itself to me. I have been thinking of one of the old direct-vented gas heaters like the Panel-ray type, or even a marine wood stove. I use wood heat at home anyway, so it isn't really a big leap for me to consider it.
I think yours would look great with a brand new shroud in front of your new furnace, and you could then send the old one my way

Happy New Year, Tim

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