Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-02-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
1974 20' Argosy 20
Loomis , California
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 48
Suburban Heater-20' Argosy M.H.

Next on the list is to replace the heater. Before I take it all out, I am hoping someone can tell me how to remove and replace the Suburban heater without taking out the stove and sink on a 20' Argosy, rear bath model. I have a couple of pictures attached to show the set-up. Please tell me that this is an exception, and it is a simple procedure.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1040865.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	325.8 KB
ID:	208850   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1040866.jpg
Views:	128
Size:	249.3 KB
ID:	208851  

Aldo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 05:15 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
ViewRVs's Avatar
1977 20' Argosy 20
Charleston , West Virginia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,226
Images: 9
Send a message via Yahoo to ViewRVs

I think the stove comes out fairly easy. It should only be a few screws and the LP line. I think you'll find it worth the effort. You'll have much better access to the area. Removing the counter top should not be necessary.

(Disclaimer: I had a shop replace my original Sol-Aire furnace so I did not do this myself. I do have pictures of the process.)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2012-11-29 Hinds-furnace-1.jpg
Views:	188
Size:	110.5 KB
ID:	208870   Click image for larger version

Name:	2012-11-29 Hinds-furnace-3.jpg
Views:	109
Size:	127.1 KB
ID:	208871  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2012-11-29 Hinds-furnace-5.jpg
Views:	135
Size:	76.8 KB
ID:	208872  
ViewRVs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 12:54 PM   #3
4 Rivet Member
mprokop87's Avatar
1978 28' Argosy 28
Victor , New York
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 408
I agree, the stove is a fairly easy item to remove. The top of the stove should lift off and expose the LP line. loosen that up and find the appropriate screws to remove that hold it in. Viola! it lifts right out. I think it took me about 5 minutes to get the stove situated in place, LP attached and 4 screws to hold it in place when I put the new one in my unit.

Your old furnace should remove fairly easy. On the outside of the RV, remove the vents for the furnace. Then come on the inside and remove the access panel. There should be a few screws holding it to the floor/platform, remove them. Assuming you have already removed ducts, LP, and wiring, the old furnace should just pull out.

Are you scrapping your old furnace? If so I have a few parts that I could use.
mprokop87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 01:47 AM   #4
2 Rivet Member
1974 20' Argosy 20
Loomis , California
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 48
It looks like this is one of the next major projects. I am currently removing the wallpaper covering from the cabinet doors and replacing with oak veneer. Once that is done, I will probably take on the heater. Thanks for the photos. They really help. I will need to replace the entire furnace. Any usable parts will be available for reuse to those who need them. However, I am replacing the furnace, because the MH was stored by the PO for several years, providing warmth and comfort to several mouse families. While the heater was not working, they found the electronics area in the rear the best place to nest. So, rather than replacing the switches and electronics on a 39 year old furnace...I'm just replacing the whole thing. I doubt that much beyond the chamber and outside housing are going to be any good. Mouse piss really does damage to electrical parts and electric motors.
Aldo is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bowen water heater door with newer suburban water heater durans54 Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 37 11-19-2008 07:17 AM
Atwood to Suburban Water Heater Sundance Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 11 07-11-2007 10:40 AM
Suburban water heater (might) flame on 74Argosy24MH Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 0 05-25-2005 02:51 PM
Suburban heater woes in a '78 International LY sladew Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 4 02-17-2005 08:58 AM
New Water Heater- Suburban vs Atwood PizzaChop Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 5 02-26-2004 04:48 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.