Hi, just bought a Scamp
that didn't come with a heater or as I call it, a furnace
. I am planning on installing it myself and have already done this to one of my last pop-ups. Honestly it was pretty easy to do in most respects if you are handy or have a friend who is handy with lots of tools. Or pay to have it installed at an RV place which would get pricey I am sure. I am a shop teacher so it was nothing to it and I am looking forward to doing it again.
I just get whatever furnace
is originally installed and will put it where it would go on the model I have. I can get one on E-bay for about $375 or straight from Scamp
for a little more. Some fittings, thermostat, wire and a gas line and I am in for right around $425. I think a professional install would be about $800-1000.
Installing: I looked a few days ago and found a gas inline splice connector exactly where it can be changed out with a T-connector so gas line will be easy, no cutting. Connect gas line up with compression fittings and test for leaks
. I need to punch a hole or holes through camper shell and will find spot from inside and drill a pilot hole from inside and finish with a hole saw or jig saw from outside. I would then mount the furnace
and wire it to the fuse box wires just as they were from the factory. Wires for this are with the gas line already or i may have to put some in which is easy. Where the furnace is going I have a large cabinet door already so I just have to cut the door to size and router the edge of the door to match. The cabinet face needs to look nice so I will either fiberglass or nicely block the hole for both furnace or cabinet. I like to do everything perfect like it was from factory so might fiberglass and repaint the cabinet face but unsure of that. Than I need to run the wires to the thermostat and install a CO detector.
I did it once already, will do it again and found the furnace install on a camper to be a pretty average level skill for someone. I like doing stuff myself and have been teaching these same skills for the past 26 years so a furnace install is something to do with beer. It's about a 4 hour job but snags and thinking always double that so am planning on 8 total.