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Old 01-17-2016, 11:29 PM   #21
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The Platinum Cat doesn't require shore power (110v) or an inverter as it draws a small amount if 12v power for the exhaust fan.


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Old 01-18-2016, 04:50 PM   #22
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Thank you J.P. (they do call you that for short - right?),

I'm going to get one.
It's the best I've seen - out of the way and has fan.

The furnace that came with with the AS works, but is a pain.

The no vent catalytic heaters don't come with fans and don't have vents (lost my fiancee in '78 from one) - they scare me. Work great till something goes wrong. Also don't 'push' air around trailer.

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Old 01-18-2016, 04:59 PM   #23
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Mr. Morgan,
A little more help please.
Williams makes three sizes: 7,000, 17,700 and 29,000 BYU/Hr.
Which did you get and would would you get the same size again?
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Old 01-18-2016, 05:35 PM   #24
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DreamStreamr....I'm surprised u have the flip up table still installed over the catalytic heater. My trailer came with a catalytic as a dealer option and they did not install the flip up extension because it gets too hot. Danger of fire???
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:53 PM   #25
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http://www.ventedcatheater.com/6.html
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:14 AM   #26
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It heats with propane but requires electricity for the fan.


Brevi tempore!
Is it JP? What do we refer to you as sir?
Thanks for the info.

I am getting the smaller unit as on the Williams site you can input your sq. feet and it gives you temp. range and what heater is proper.

I'm going to call them today as on the Home Depot web site it says that the model I'll get requires no electricity....Hmmmm?

Either way it is a great little setup.

Williams | HIGH EFFICIENCY DIRECT-VENT FURNACES

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Old 01-19-2016, 10:59 AM   #27
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Just found that the model Iwill get is the Williams 7400 BTU in PROPANE #0743511 requires no electricity. It will heat mine in a range from -06 to 20 degrees.
That is plenty for my needs.
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:11 PM   #28
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Make sure the one you are looking at does not need the GIANT external vent.


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Old 01-19-2016, 12:51 PM   #29
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Make sure the one you are looking at does not need the GIANT external vent.

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Would you share a photo of the external vent on your trailer?
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:39 PM   #30
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Make sure the one you are looking at does not need the GIANT external vent.


Brevi tempore!
it's a 3 7/8" pipe for exhaust and requires 4 1/8" hole.
interesting the bigger model has smaller exhaust.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:38 PM   #31
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Can you please tell us why you make that statement?

All the catalytic heaters are RIVA and UL certified. Are they both wrong? I do agree there are alternatives but nothing beats a catalytic heater for boon docking.
I don't know who the RIVA is. Perhaps you mean RVIA, but I don't believe they certify heating equipment of any kind, and have never seen their label on a catalytic heater.

I do not believe that the UL listing program applies to gas equipment. Often gas equipment is CGA or AGA listed, or both, although I do not believe that either agency is currently listing unvented heaters for permanent installation in RVs. Perhaps I'm wrong. Their standards chiefly involve fire safety.

In any case, I've written before regarding the safety problems inherent in catalytic heaters, which are legion. I'll let you search, if you're interested, although it appears to me that your mind is made up.

There are other non-electric heaters that are equally suited to boondocking, many of them mentioned here, that do not pose the safety problems of an unvented heater.

Another writer mentioned the vented cat heaters upthread. It is unclear to me whether that product is truly in production at this point. For quite some time efforts to contact the manufacturer were unsuccessful.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:49 PM   #32
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The Platinum Cat is scheduled to resume construction this month. I have ordered the larger one for my '64 Overlander. It has a small fan which expels exhaust fumes outside the trailer via a 1.5" ABS pipe.

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Old 01-21-2016, 03:42 AM   #33
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I don't know who the RIVA is. Perhaps you mean RVIA, but I don't believe they certify heating equipment of any kind, and have never seen their label on a catalytic heater.

I do not believe that the UL listing program applies to gas equipment. Often gas equipment is CGA or AGA listed, or both, although I do not believe that either agency is currently listing unvented heaters for permanent installation in RVs. Perhaps I'm wrong. Their standards chiefly involve fire safety.

In any case, I've written before regarding the safety problems inherent in catalytic heaters, which are legion. I'll let you search, if you're interested, although it appears to me that your mind is made up.

There are other non-electric heaters that are equally suited to boondocking, many of them mentioned here, that do not pose the safety problems of an unvented heater.

Another writer mentioned the vented cat heaters upthread. It is unclear to me whether that product is truly in production at this point. For quite some time efforts to contact the manufacturer were unsuccessful.
I wanted to first, thank you for pointing out one of my handicaps; I am dyslexic. It is a constant struggle for me, I often reverse letters such as RIVA and RVIA. I work very hard to not let it happen but unfortunately it slips through. Most, never notice it, but when some one actually points it out I am completely ashamed.

I have indeed made up my mind, but not about catalytic heaters.

I asked about the safety issues because I have installed dozens of Olympian heaters into clients trailers. If there are issues, I would like to know so I can warn my customers or make changes. Their safety is important to me.

So, I now have gone and looked as you chided me to do. I like it when someone challenges me. I searched "inherent safety issues of catalytic heaters" I added "in an RV", "in a boat", I removed "inherent" in a nut shell; lots of people talking about oxygen depletion being a huge problem. Regular furnaces seem to be a big cause in RVs. I have found a few fires caused by people putting stuff onto or directly next to the heaters. I guess common sense does not come with these heaters. I feel like I just lost an hour I will never gain back.

When a customer discusses heat with me I always try and and sell them on heaters that vent directly to the outside. More often than not, they go with the less expensive alternative. I go out of my way to explain all the possible dangers.
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Old 10-12-2020, 10:54 AM   #34
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I find myself in the same situation with my 1967 Overlander that I bought in July. Have not been cold yet but wanted to know what my options are to camp in winter if I want. So since this thread is 4 years old I wanted to know if you have an update? What did you end up doing?
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