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Old 02-04-2015, 11:35 AM   #1
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Has anyone used this Olympian Wave Heater yet ?

Hi all , My 65 Tradewind heater is toast and I was looking at this Wave 3 heater as an alternative . I live in the desert so the massive loud old heater is over kill anyways. Also if you have used this heater , does it need the regulator that comes with it or does our main regulator cover this flow ?

OLYMPIAN WAVE CATALYTIC SAFETY HEATERSThe ideal heaters for either your primary or secondary heating source, Olympian Wave Catalytic Heaters operate on low pressure L/P gas and can be wall mounted or used as portables. The built-in automatic Piezo electric spark starter will last for 20,000 starts and is self-generating. No electrical connections or battery drain. No flame, no flue or chimney, no fan or blower, no noise; just dependable, penetrating soft infrared heat.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:46 AM   #2
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We have the larger version of this heater. Your main regulator is just fine. The regulator included with the heater is for connecting it directly to a propane bottle.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:46 AM   #3
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Yes, I have it in my Globetrotter. Works great and it has an oxygen sensor which will cut off heater if there isn't enough.


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Old 02-04-2015, 11:49 AM   #4
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We have one in our 31'. Works well as a supplemental heat source.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:00 PM   #5
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Great to to hear and thanks for the heads up on the regulator Did any of you mount it with kit ? If so how's that working out ?

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I suspect a Wave 6 would give you better performance. I am thinking about installing one in my AS, and a Wave 3 in my truck camper. Have a CO monitor, and be aware that there is condensation from the catalytic heaters. Keep a vent open.
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Great to to hear and thanks for the heads up on the regulator Did any of you mount it with kit ? If so how's that working out ?

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Ours is plumbed into the LPG system and utilizes the factory main line and regulator.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:40 PM   #8
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I installed one in my '66 Globetrotter after removing the original furnace. Works great although I sometimes wish I had purchased the Wave 6 since it doesn't provide enough heat once the temps fall below 40.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:41 PM   #9
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We have the wave 6 in our 25' AS and love it! Ideal size.

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Old 02-05-2015, 12:45 PM   #10
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Purchased a wave 8 to use in our 2001 31 ft TT. I broke it in per instructions that came with it. Did not care for it because of the fumes it gives off. When lighting it would set off the smoke alarm. Plan on replacing it with a ventless convection propane heater so as to heat the air instead of objects like radiant heaters do.
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I'm looking at putting their larger Wave 6 model in our 1960 Avion T20, since a PO removed the wall heater, but the LP & floor/roof vents are still intact (so I don't need to worry about cracking a window.

I talked to another 1963 Avion T20 owner up in IL who had the Wave 6 model & it worked fine for him & his wife Spring thru Fall (not sure about winter up north).

However, I've had some folks say that the heat from them when mounted into the cabinet can damage the wood/finish over time, just as the original wall heaters & gas lanterns did. So something to be aware of.

The Wave 6 width fits into our existing wall heater space, but I'd do a Wave 8 for more heat if it fit without cutting cabinetry. I can't find a space to put in an Atwood forced-air heater, so this seems like the best solution.

I think you need at least a Wave 6 if not 8 model for your TT - even in the AZ desert!

Also, Vintage Trailer Supply (& maybe others) sell a metal surround finishing kit for mounting the Wave 3, 6 & 8 into your cabinetry cleanly, which is worth getting to finish it off nice!

Price check for the Wave heaters, cuz they vary widely!

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Installed the Wave 8 with optional legs in our 31' and it works great as a portable heater. Can direct it toward rear bedroom or front lounge from galley. Since it is a radiant heater, it does take a while to warm up the contents but once everything is warm, it is quiet and efficient heat.
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I have the Wave 3 in my 17' 1965 Caravel and plumbed it directly to the lpg system. Hung it by the door but didn't have too many other options. Make sure you buy the cover for it. Thinking of adding a 12v fan higher in the ceiling to help with the circulation. It's a gradual heat so I have to start it early to get R2 toasty.
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We run a Wave 6 in our 31' with good results.
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