Vented cat heater - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-14-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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I have followed discussons on cat heaters biting my lip after having had a few thoughts on safety in the back of my mind. While surfing the web and finding this brand I wanted to bring it into the forum and see if anyone has one of these. I like the thermostat control, 12v ignition and the venting system which requires no open windows combined with a saftey shut off system. I think I could get behind this if it does what it says.

http://www.ventedcatheater.com/2.html

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Old 12-14-2008, 09:55 AM   #2
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Reminds me of the Wave 3 and Wave 6 cat heaters....

I have no experience w/ either, but I've been considering a Wave 3 for my future RV. The ones you're looking at seem to be very similar.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:43 AM   #3
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Looks like a nice product. I just installed a Wave 3, which requires opening the roof vent a little and a window down lower for a fresh air source. One thing I don't undertand about this vented one is where the air comes from that replaces what's being pumped out through the power vent. It has to come in from somewhere (didn't see anything about a fresh air connection, so it must get air through window leaks, the occaional door opening, or somewhere) so I wonder how more efficient it really is in heating the RV.

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Old 12-14-2008, 01:14 PM   #4
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I was just reading between the lines on this one, but it looks like it NEEDS power to start, so it won't be working if your battery is low...
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:32 PM   #5
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Yes, it does. It's a platcat, I had one in my 13 footer.

It vents with a fan. No power, no start.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:24 AM   #6
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Platcat heater

I am considering installing a platcat heater. There were some discussions earlier on several years ago. Someone was going to post the results after installing and using it, but never did. Any feedback? Going to use it with a 16ft Scamp I will pick up in a few days.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:02 AM   #7
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At first, I thought this thread was about a product for people who didn't want their animals to sleep in the bed next to them.

But after going to the website, I think there's more questions than answers about this product. A & L seems like a small company and I couldn't find anything about the prices or a page where you could order one. It doesn't look like there's any RV dealers out there carrying this product. My guess is that they can't get distribution without a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) label and for some reason, either financial or design, they can't have this. So this may be a fine product, but personally I wouldn't buy one.
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Old 04-21-2011, 03:16 PM   #8
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At first, I thought this thread was about a product for people who didn't want their animals to sleep in the bed next to them.

But after going to the website, I think there's more questions than answers about this product. A & L seems like a small company and I couldn't find anything about the prices or a page where you could order one. It doesn't look like there's any RV dealers out there carrying this product. My guess is that they can't get distribution without a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) label and for some reason, either financial or design, they can't have this. So this may be a fine product, but personally I wouldn't buy one.
Some of the claims from placat seem to fit the use for an RV very well: Low amp draw, vented exhaust, low chance of burns, and SMALL.
Had not thought about the UL.
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I think I read some comments on rv.net from folks who had bought and were using this heater. The general feeling was that they were good units but it was taking 2 or 3 months after ordering to get them, small mfr.
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Harry, I bought and installed a 3P12 platinum cat heater in my Scamp restore. We plan to do at least 1/3 of our camping without hookups, and my wife wanted to be warm, but insisted on a vented heater. I didn't have an original heater in the scamp, so got one. To answer a couple of your questions

1. It is a small company, I talked directly to the guy that was building it, I can't remember his name. It took 3 weeks to start because he had to order additional metal covers, but he got back to me on pricing and questions quickly.

2. There is a circuit that checks electric power and a positive gas flow. If one is gone, it will not run.

3. The price was not cheap; I think it was around $400. I was able to design it into a wall at the entry.

4. Unlike a regular heater, the power draw is minimal. With our LED lights I figure we have multiple days on battery.

5. It has a positive on/ off thermostat included. I put the thermostat next to the bed so I can reach it without getting out.

6. I was able to pick out a vent cap from 4 or 5 different ones. I picked a boat v shaped chrome one that matched the look of the trailer.

7. They had good instructions on installation. When I had a question, I was able to call/ Email and get questions answered.

8. I found out more information on sites that make standard vans into livable RVs. They are popular in those sites.

Hope this helped. I still need to get out in my trailer to fully test out all my systems. Take a look at my trailer profile to see the heater and vent. I made a cover for the heater as they recomend keeping it clean.

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Does it get the fresh air from the outside?
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Not directly. Per the person that built ours you need about a pencil width of fresh air coming into the trailer through cracks or an open window for the fan to draw correctly. I looked at my door seal and louvered windows and figure I should have at least that much air coming in. If not, I will open the door window slightly. It also has a sensor that will shut off the unit if it does not have enough air coming in.
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It also has a sensor that will shut off the unit if it does not have enough air coming in.

The low oxygen sensor turn off is essential in all units that do not have outside fresh air vents. Sounds like you have a really great unit.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:34 AM   #14
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What is the advantage of this heater over a conventional heater like the Atwood 8012? People usually choose a cat heater because it does not use any electric power, but this one uses 5 amps for 2 min each time it starts and then 0.5 amps after that when running. The 8012 uses 1.8 amps when running. The 8012 puts out a lot more btu's so it would not run nearly as long on each cycle and it has a blower to move the heated air around inside the trailer. The cat requires opening a window for fresh air or a leaky trailer, which is not good when you are trying to heat the inside space. The 8012 has a fresh air source built into the exhaust system. The 8012 also costs less and does not take as long to get when ordered and spare parts are available from lots of places. The cat is a different shape and a little smaller, but I don't see an advantage over a conventional furnace like the 8012 since it seems like it will draw more electric power.
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