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Old 02-07-2005, 01:09 PM   #29
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thanks! I will check that out.
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Old 07-06-2005, 10:31 PM   #30
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But now i want to replace it with a new one. it was a NT 30, but i dont want to use ducts if I can help it, but my AS is a 29', so does anyone have any recommendations of brands/models that I should replace it with? I am also into saving space under the stove, but dont have to. I dont know if I should go catalytic? Please offer your advise, I'm all ears!
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:06 AM   #31
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Albert,
I've seen a few catalytic heaters and they used a small stand alone fan to distribute the heat to the back of their coaches. If you are interested in a replacement you might try Airxcel, Inc. They are exclusive manufacturers of Suburban
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Old 07-07-2005, 09:56 AM   #32
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Albert,
I've seen a few catalytic heaters and they used a small stand alone fan to distribute the heat to the back of their coaches. If you are interested in a replacement you might try Airxcel, Inc. They are exclusive manufacturers of Suburban
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Thanks Ruff, I will look into that unit. Are you saying that the fan is built into the heater, or do people put an additional fan near it to blow warm air to the back?
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But now i want to replace it with a new one. it was a NT 30, but i dont want to use ducts if I can help it, but my AS is a 29', so does anyone have any recommendations of brands/models that I should replace it with? I am also into saving space under the stove, but dont have to. I dont know if I should go catalytic? Please offer your advise, I'm all ears!
The way you plan to use the trailer is IMHO the determining factor in th decision to go catylic or ducted furnace.

The NT series furnaces all come in the same size box, so a smaller one will not necessarily save space. The ducting does one other thing that you may or may not be aware of. It feeds heat to the holding and fresh water tanks. If you are planning on using the coach in weather that would be freezing then you will want a ducted furnace to allow you to utilize the bath functions of the coach.

A catylic will heat the coach well depending on size of the heater and outdoor temps, but there is normally no fan associated with it. It is a radiant heater. If you want the warm air to be distributed you will need to employ a fan. I will admit a small 12 VDC fan will not have the draw of a furnace while boondocking, the fact that a vent needs to be open for the exhaust from the catylic can be at times an issue.
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safety point

Brett's comment about the fan is correct. The fan is a separate component and not a part of the catalytic heater. Ventilation is a concern. I have read that opening a window, preferably not the one over the water heater vent, and opening a roof vent at the other end of the trailer provides needed ventilation and some heat distribution by convection.

You also need to think about adding a carbon monoxide detector to your unit regardless of whether you are using propane or catalytic heat source. IMO a necessary upgrade to any unit.

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Great tips guys

Thankks so much. I think for now I will employ a seperate electric heater. I dont usually camp in freezing temps, so I would hope that would suffice. Will a portable heater run off of 12V?
I will either wait to replace the NT30 with a new one, or put a nice Microwave in it's place under the stove. Anyone ever tried that?
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