'82 Burro with Thermal Systems Inc. Cat heater - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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I've been searching for a manual for the heater in my 82 Burro, I have found that the company went belly up years ago, and checked the document center. Does anyone have one or know where I might find one?
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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this is the one that came in my 13 footer, or at least, it appears to be a resart of the same product.

The Platinum Cat
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:43 PM   #3
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I have the 6p12 Plat cat in my 86' Burro. That's what it came with.
It has a 12v exhaust fan to vent out the bad stuff. If yours is the same or similar maybe you should contact Platinum Cat heaters. Their email is a little slow but they will answer you.
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:21 PM   #4
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Unfortunately this is not the heater in my Burro. All I can find online is that the Thermal Systems Inc. went bankrupt in the early 80's. I guess I will shop for a newer one and replace. I know the propane lines leak, and found a couple of loose wires inside the heater, and a blown fuse. After 27 years I'm not really sure that I would trust it anyhow. Anyone have thoughts on using a Mr. Heater Buddy heater, mounted in the same location?

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:08 PM   #5
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I would check out a new Plat Cat. I never had one before, but today I had to make some measurements and it raised the temp in the camper in about 30 min from 60 to 72 degrees.It's supposed to be quiet but my old fan rattles a bit. The fan exhausts the bad stuff. And it has a wall mounted thermostat. like being at home.
Don't know if I'd trust it to sleep in, but it spread a very nice warmth all over the trailer.

I tested it before, but this was the first time it was cold out. I think I would buy another one if it died. There are no hot spots on the grill or anywhere on the case but a sun like warming comes off of it. I like it a lot.
Mr. buddy is not vented and it stops working at 7000 ft. due to safety stuff. ( Yellowstone is over 7000 ft in some places)
I have a small mr buddy and it's ok but puts out a lot of condensation.
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:46 PM   #6
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My search for my heater manual continues. Today I found a blog for a 1982 Burro for sale in Denver as of May 09. The pictures are of the exact heater that is in my Burro, one of the pictures shows the manual I am looking for. If you happen to have one of these manuals please let me know.

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Old 01-01-2010, 08:19 PM   #7
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That really looks a lot like my Plat Cat, why don't you give them a call?
I'm betting its the same, I know their wiring diagram matches mine.
Yours has all the stuff in the same place as mine,
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that is the same heater mine had.

As I mentioned above, the Plat Cat is the modern day equivalent.

Here is my solution for removing and replacing it
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