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Old 01-15-2016, 10:28 PM   #1
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No furnace, vent, or ducting...Whoops

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?
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:42 PM   #2
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I run it through my inverter when not on shore power.


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Old 01-16-2016, 06:34 AM   #3
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It may have had a catalytic heater in it. Some of thst era did.
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:20 AM   #4
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Without ducting, and for dry camping, a catalytic heater would be worth a look.
They don't require a source of power, are quiet, and efficient.
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Attachment 255757i use this wall furnace. Might be an alternative to installing everything from scratch.

I run it through my inverter when not on shore power.


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That one doesn't require electricity does it?
I thought it was propane powered.
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ARE you sure? there should be a place under the sink on the drivers side for a heater and if they took it out there'd be a patch on the outer wall? the flue vent is just ahead of the wheel well well again on the drivers side and thered be a capped off gas line under there also.
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I have a furnace and a catalytic. Love em both


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I have a furnace and a catalytic. Love em both

Same here, enjoyed using catalytic (Wave6) for many years so far. Furnace is good but really noisy. Catalytic is silent and cozy.

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Old 01-16-2016, 06:18 PM   #9
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I use my furnace just warm up the trailer fast and then rely on electric portable heaters for the quietness factor. Also for boon docking a standard RV furnace sucks down batteries. I would get something that doesn't need electricity to run if I was in your position. I tried a catalytic heater, it worked great but wasn't vented and I thought it put way too much moisture in the trailer. I'd advise going with a wall heater or some other type of vented propane heater that doesn't run down your battery. It will be worth some trouble to fit something in that won't kill the battery. Boating catalogs have some great heaters and fireplaces if you don't find a home style heater that you can fit in. I've always wanted a furnace that was quiet and charged my battery, they have them now but they are very expensive and not small so I'm still dreaming. Airstreams from the mid 50's to early 60's had nifty heaters by the door that were like a round pipe with a reflector behind and a grill around the front and they vented straight up out the roof. I wish they were still made because they looked like that design worked well. You should be able to find a heater that is quiet and won't kill your battery but it will probably take some work to fit it in. Good luck! Leland
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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!
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ARE you sure? there should be a place under the sink on the drivers side for a heater and if they took it out there'd be a patch on the outer wall? the flue vent is just ahead of the wheel well well again on the drivers side and thered be a capped off gas line under there also.
There is no evidence of ducting inside the trailer. Outside, I found a patch on the outer wall. Bo evidence of a vent. There is something on the front of the trailer...don't know what it was for originally. I included the picture. (It is sideways).
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My original furnace had a hole in the heat exchanger. After a lot of thinking and reading here on the forums about heat options, I decided to go with small electric heaters. I do have a small catalytic for emergency use but when we camp in the cold a small electric space heater does a good job keeping us warm. 95% of the time one heater does the job in my Trade Wind but if it gets into the 20's we have a small one for the bathroom. By removing the old furnace it freed up lots of cabinet space under the counter too.
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Have you considered the Buddy Heater series??

If you will only use it here and there for the odd winter camping you might not want to get into a huge expense for a fully built in vented furnace which all run on propane with electric fan anyway.

I have used my little Buddy in my smaller trailer - 22', They work great. They all come with a self oxygen sensor so no worries about um dying in there.

A few years back when I had owned a 26' 61 Overland - that had the original furnace which looked cool but did not want to mess about with getting it working. I had looked at the larger Buddy heater, which you can attach a proper propane adapter connection. So was going to run a new line and up into the base of the old furnace. And just connect all legal and safely the buddy heater - with the conduit type propane line.

The portable heaters are great because you can pull them and use them in your home or garage and such. They are nice and quiet and heat up pretty good and fast.

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There is no evidence of ducting inside the trailer. Outside, I found a patch on the outer wall. Bo evidence of a vent. There is something on the front of the trailer...don't know what it was for originally. I included the picture. (It is sideways).
On my '67 Overlander, the item in your pic is the fill pipe for fresh water. It is atop the water tank, the cap screws off and you can fill the tank with a potable water hose. There should be a strainer under the cap to catch any debris that might fall in while doing that. I advise you make sure someone didn't remove or puncture the water tank at some point before running water into it. The water pump should be in the roadside front corner on the floor beside the tank. In mine you access the pump by removing the sofa cushions and lifting a small ply-wood hatch. The valve for draining the tank is also in that small compartment.
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