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Old 12-22-2012, 07:20 PM   #15
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Well, my install is almost done. In the process, I found out how they built Airstreams in 1978.

First thing down the assembly line was the furnace, dangling on a coat hanger off the chain. Then, everything was assembled around the furnace. This eliminates - trust me on this -the possibility that the furnace will accidentally fall out on the road.

Seriously, I thought the water heater was a biscuit, but it had nothing on disassembling the entire kitchen cabinet to get the furnace in and out. The only blessing in the project so far has been that the power exhaust and intake tubes did pretty much match exactly.

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Old 12-22-2012, 08:02 PM   #16
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The installation instructions say that the NT30 is rated for zero clearance to combustibles on top and bottom. Thus, per the factory, putting it directly on wood should not pose a problem.
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In process of installing NT30 Suburban in my 76 Argosy. The old style furnace has a large and small opening for the intake and exhaust ports where as the new style has two large ones. What is the best course of action ? Do I enlarge the intake opening or is it o.k. to mount the intake flange from the inside . I see where some using the old cabinets but no mention is made of any modification for the larger intake pipe.
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