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Old 08-25-2014, 01:57 PM   #1
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92 Scamp Removing old Furnace?

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I am new to the site and was hoping for some advice from more experienced Scamp renovators. We recently purchased 1992 16" scamp with the front bunks. The previous owners added a furnace in the front closet next to the door that has been unused for years and has been deemed unsafe and should be removed. So my question is do we have to patch the outside fiberglass or is there a way to patch it from inside and leave that vent on there? Obviously we dont want water leaking in! Thank you for any advice.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:14 PM   #2
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If it were me I would place and fiberglass a small piece from the inside
And then I would change out the vents so that the louvers
Are facing downward
I m sure others will chime in
But this way you don't have an ugly patch on the outside to try and blend in
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:18 PM   #3
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Looks like it is in the same location as an interior air conditioner would be. If so I would not patch the hole but somehow just waterproof it from the inside in case somebody wanted to add an air conditioner at some point. I took the factory Suburban heater out of my old (Florida) Scamp and cut a piece of copper flashing to fit behind the factory vent trim flange. The tarnished copper looks just like the rusty steel pipes that were behind the flange if you don't know any better.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:00 PM   #4
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Hate to say it, but the furnace looks to be in good shape. Why is it unsafe? Others might need some of the parts. The outer vent portion is your 3rd picture might be a good replacement for someone's that is rusting out.

To answer your question. Consider a hatch door - that way you have access to the closet from outside.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the ideas! The furnace has not been used in ten years or so and when I talked to scamp they suggested taking it out as they tend to be fire hazards they said. We will not need a furnace as we only plan to use it in warmer months. We post items for free or sale on craigslist so it wont go to waste. We are in MN if anyone wants it!
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:10 PM   #6
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I'm with Roy, what makes it unsafe?
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:18 PM   #7
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See above but when i described the furnace and placement to scamp they said those tend to be fire hazards. We would like the additional storage instead of the furnace.
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You could put an access hatch there. Great for storing your set up stuff.
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Access hatch would be a nice feature. You could always replace it with vent cover for furnace or AC unit later.

Put a shelf or whatever above the furnace vent and the old furnace space becomes a convenient place to store those items you use outside. Extension cords, campfire stuff and what have you.
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Thank you very much for the ideas!
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:15 PM   #11
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Would something like this work as a door? It is the only hatch/access door that I can find that is close to the current size?
Fuel Hatch with Lock #NBF02
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See above but when i described the furnace and placement to scamp they said those tend to be fire hazards. We would like the additional storage instead of the furnace.
I would agree with Scamp on this because with the furnace installed in the closet and the likely hood of someone stacking stuff on top of it. If they would have separated the heating compartment and vented the space then maybe it would pass safety muster. You would have to see the manufacturers installation instructions. Best to get it out of there if you are planning to use the closet.
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I would agree with Scamp on this because with the furnace installed in the closet and the likely hood of someone stacking stuff on top of it. If they would have separated the heating compartment and vented the space then maybe it would pass safety muster. You would have to see the manufacturers installation instructions. Best to get it out of there if you are planning to use the closet.

Installing a wire rack or a solid wood base at the bottom of the hanging closest would do the trick. Scamp installed the furnace on mine and many of the others I have seen right under the stove and a cutlery drawer and it has open storage beside it - allowing items to be stored up against it. They did though enclose the rear of it so nothing comes near the vented area and piping. The cutlery drawer also prevents anything from being stored on top.
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