I did my BTU homework, and tested several different 5000W resistance heaters over three Winters. I rejected propane catalytic heaters for the well known concerns and their aesthetics. I concluded that the “Cozy Cabin” marine bulkhead propane heater was the one for me. MSRP is $700, but a good shopper will find a new one for $450 delivered. The literature is somewhat vague about its two settings of HI and LOW, but it might be 6500BTU and 4000BTU. It has oxygen depletion safety.
I am pleased with the workmanship and design. It is tiny, 7”x7”x16”and has a 1” stainless flue. It comes with a stainless flue cap that mounts weatherproof to the boat deck (AS roof). Another nice feature is that it has a little cast iron cook-top. I will make a teapot to fit there.
I fabbed a 5052 .040 heat shield for it, tho the manufacturer says not needed when mounted against wood. I'll mount it (image Photoshopped to scale) on the original ash plywood wall that separates the bath from cabin. Sadly, I won't have a chance to install until Spring as it's been too damn cold.
I'll post its installation and performance someday.
This season we decided to upgrade the interior lights removing them all, three sets of six and replacing them with 18 LED puck style lights.
We also replaced all three fans, old ones were removed with three Fantastic-vent RTB 6600. While we had the channel down why not take out the old Carrier ac and put in a Dometic 15K BTU HP and run the wire to the furnace.
So collectively after gathering parts last year (fans, lights, switches) while they were on sale, and ordering the ACs in the winter during off season we managed to do this over time while still maximizing the use of Airstream over the camping season (72 days).
All of this was dealer installed at ODM where they do a great job and have a great parts department. Why do I say that, as in the process the tech discovered problems like the 42 yo univolt needing to be replaced another upgrade. With everything opened up this helps to find these problems out. I would have never discovered this.
We've discovered that by buying the parts one season and doing the labor the next doesn't hurt as much, at least mentally.
Hope to get over there the 17th and will take some pictures as there are a few other minor things going to be done.
Lots of money in upgrades and labor one would think that buying a new coach would be a better idea. But until you price the new ones and realize that the older ones (at least in our case) is in great shape and a lot lighter for the length, the upgrades and investment is well worth it.
Next step is to either polish it or re-clear coat next fall. Trying to research to see if the 72's were actually polished to the high shine that comes with the polish. But as I read it seems to be the easiest to maintain.
Picked up some great Costco deals for the AS today: a Nespresso Essenza C91 expresso machine for only $69, and two nice 2'x6' carpeted runners in a variety of nice colors for $10 ea. We enjoy our Nespresso machine at home with the terrific Aerreoccino frother, so the price was right to add a second machine just for the AS. At only $0.60 a cup, it's far cheaper than Starbucks for a decent latte, and the machine will pay for itself after about 18 cups.
Hibby, it was more like $300. Best Costco visit was $35, but I went in to get one thing and went straight to the checkout. Last time I went in without a plan, I ended up with a $700 Little Giant ladder system.