Originally Posted by jsll
we have an old 18' airstream & the heat does not work. i have been told that there are safe space heaters out there and have looked....but i am still skeptical. we have two kids, so i am nervous about the whole concept of a space heater in our small a.s. i would love to hear any suggestions/ input here. thanks so much!
What type, year and brand is the broken heater installed in your 18' Airstream?
Most popular for RV's is the gas (LPG) furnace. RV Gas furnaces are the safest of the gas heaters for RVs. Normally require a 12 volt
fan to expel excessive gas during startup and shutdown. If the fan doesn't turn on the furnace won't operate.
What sort of problems are you having? Gas RV furnaces normally last a very long time, into decades, usually can be easily repaired if the electric pcb and wiring are ok. (sometimes the problem is with the thermostat) I repaired a 20+ year old gas furnace by replacing it's 7 amp fan, cost was approx. a hundred dollars for the fan. The repair, replacement of the fan wasn't difficult.
Often the only problem with gas furnaces is maintenance, the gas burner and related parts need to be wire brushed and cleaned. Possibly the igniter requires slight adjustment. This too often can be accomplished by the RV owner.
More difficult to diagnose for the diy is the wiring and pcb of the furnace. The furnace pcb basically accepts input from the thermostat and runs the furnace, dependent on settings of the thermostat. Trying to troubleshoot the furnace requires some knowledge of how a RV furnace operates. Having a service manual is also beneficial.
If not mechanically inclined, with no tools, etc. You can hire a RV repair person for diagnostics, repair and parts. However RV labor is usually hundred or more an hour, usually with a hour min.
If you want to go electric I recommend an electric oil heater with a thermostat. I find these are the safest of the electric heaters and help to maintain heat better over longer periods of time.