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Old 01-16-2016, 09:23 PM   #15
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Last night I added a new item to my list "Things we missed when we bought our Airstream." I was reading about winter camping and realized that we don't have a furnace. No vents. No ducts. A previous owner must've completely removed them.

When we bought it, we thought the only heating system was our ceiling A/C-Heater. Naivety. After a month of use, the heater spewed flames and that ended that. (I posted about thst previosly). Now, we use a little electric heater that we love. However, we want to dry camp and a furnace sure would be great. A thermostat would really be something too.

Thoughts? (Besides "How did you miss THAT?") Ideas?
You should consider the Platinum Cat. It's a vented catalytic heater that uses very little 12v power to exhaust the combustion byproducts and is easy in propane too. I have ordered one for our '64 Overlander that is getting a total renovation this year. For more info, check with Arnie, platcat@att.net
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:58 PM   #16
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Mine had also been removed. I found a used heater, same as it came with (1967) and installed it in the same place it came from, with the wall vent. (Under the sink cabinet in mine) and put the thermostat in the back center of the trailer, where the original wires were. It required a propane connection, thermostat and wires, and a 12v connection, on a circuit breaker. No ductwork. I use 2 deep cycle batteries, and even at 20 degrees it will run overnight without running down the batteries, keeping it 65 degrees inside for me. If hooked up, I use a small portable heater or the a/c heat pump. But spending all of December and part of January with solar and a occasional generator hookup, it worked fine. Good luck! Rolland


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Old 01-16-2016, 10:28 PM   #17
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Last night I added a new item to my list "Things we missed when we bought our Airstream." I was reading about winter camping and realized that we don't have a furnace. No vents. No ducts. A previous owner must've completely removed them.

When we bought it, we thought the only heating system was our ceiling A/C-Heater. Naivety. After a month of use, the heater spewed flames and that ended that. (I posted about thst previosly). Now, we use a little electric heater that we love. However, we want to dry camp and a furnace sure would be great. A thermostat would really be something too.

Thoughts? (Besides "How did you miss THAT?") Ideas?
Hello Beth

I do not believe catalytics are safe and would not have one in my trailer. There are better alternatives.

Yes, you can install a ducted furnace. Atwood and Suburban make them, different shapes, pick what works best for your situation. Atwood is generally serviced through a large door to the exterior, Suburban just has intake/exhaust ports and is serviced from the interior of the trailer.

There are also non-ducted furnaces, look at the Atwood everest for example.

Some people like the Dickenson propane fireplace. It's tricky to get the right space for it, but it's quiet and looks good. It would provide less heat than a ducted furnace, but still be good down to 40 degrees or so.

If you plan to use your trailer in truly cold weather, electric heat will be insufficient, because there isn't enough power available to do the job. It will help up to a point. I have a 1500w wall mounted heater in my trailer which is good down to about 55 degrees outside with no wind.

Be careful, and be safe.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:34 AM   #18
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I do not believe catalytics are safe and would not have one in my trailer. There are better alternatives.
Can you please tell us why you make that statement?

All the catalytic heaters are RIVA and UL certified. Are they both wrong? I do agree there are alternatives but nothing beats a catalytic heater for boon docking.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:57 AM   #19
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That one doesn't require electricity does it?

I thought it was propane powered.

It heats with propane but requires electricity for the fan.


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Old 01-17-2016, 06:07 AM   #20
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Mr. J. Morgan,
Really liked the heater in your picture -
Is it gas with outside vent, electric, or what?
Who made it?, etc.

Also, loved your interior treatment of you Airstream - beautiful job!

It is a direct vent Williams. It intakes fresh air and exhausts combustion gases through a single two inch tube directly behind the unit.

It burns propane, but 120V is required for the combustion fan and the circulation fan.

When not on shore power I run it via my inverter.


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Old 01-18-2016, 12:29 AM   #21
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The Platinum Cat doesn't require shore power (110v) or an inverter as it draws a small amount if 12v power for the exhaust fan.


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Old 01-18-2016, 05:50 PM   #22
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Thank you J.P. (they do call you that for short - right?),

I'm going to get one.
It's the best I've seen - out of the way and has fan.

The furnace that came with with the AS works, but is a pain.

The no vent catalytic heaters don't come with fans and don't have vents (lost my fiancee in '78 from one) - they scare me. Work great till something goes wrong. Also don't 'push' air around trailer.

Still love your interior! Love wood!
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Old 01-18-2016, 05:59 PM   #23
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Mr. Morgan,
A little more help please.
Williams makes three sizes: 7,000, 17,700 and 29,000 BYU/Hr.
Which did you get and would would you get the same size again?
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:35 PM   #24
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DreamStreamr....I'm surprised u have the flip up table still installed over the catalytic heater. My trailer came with a catalytic as a dealer option and they did not install the flip up extension because it gets too hot. Danger of fire???
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:53 PM   #25
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http://www.ventedcatheater.com/6.html
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It heats with propane but requires electricity for the fan.


Brevi tempore!
Is it JP? What do we refer to you as sir?
Thanks for the info.

I am getting the smaller unit as on the Williams site you can input your sq. feet and it gives you temp. range and what heater is proper.

I'm going to call them today as on the Home Depot web site it says that the model I'll get requires no electricity....Hmmmm?

Either way it is a great little setup.

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Just found that the model Iwill get is the Williams 7400 BTU in PROPANE #0743511 requires no electricity. It will heat mine in a range from -06 to 20 degrees.
That is plenty for my needs.
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Make sure the one you are looking at does not need the GIANT external vent.


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