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Old 04-16-2015, 05:14 PM   #15
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jcstanley, can you tell me more about your suburban furnace...e.g. Where do you plan to mount it? What wiring does it need? I plan for shore power and 12v. I have a 13' Boler and want to put in a heater. Last, are they noisey when running and what can I expect to pay for one? Thanks

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Old 04-17-2015, 06:50 AM   #16
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Lisa - the furnace needs 12V + & ground and a propane hookup and a thermostat . the blower can be heard , but I don't find it intrusive . I will install mine under the sink . In Fla. they should be about $350 . check out their site . Regards John
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:16 AM   #17
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:48 AM   #18
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Lisa, just a note on the noise of the furnaces. If you are at all sensitive to noise I find them incredibly noisy. Durng the day you deal with it but overnight it makes us all jump up including the dog! I think partly its because of them going on and off repeatedly and also that you are in a really small space to start with.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:31 PM   #19
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Are there any quieter propane heat options?

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Old 04-17-2015, 10:07 PM   #20
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Okay, I realize it is going into summer time but I am planning ahead. So we are restoring our 71 Boler and plan to camp in it year round...we are considering heating options for no hookup sites...I really don't want to use a furnace for fear of co dangers even with a co detector..but I was reading that the Camco Olympian catalyst heaters don't give of co...but did read that you must keep a fresh air source as it uses up oxygen
so how does everyone here feel about the safety of these heaters in a small fiberglass trailer like the 13' Bowler?
If your main reason for choosing a Catalyst heater over a newer built in RV furnace is CO then you as others have suggested will find the built in furnace with its built in permanent venting and other safety features is actually a safer option than the portable Catalyst heater. There is a good reason why the Catalyst heater manufactures state in their instruction manuals that you need to keep a window open while it is operating. You will also need to keep a close eye on pets and children and even adults to make sure no one accidentally bumps into it while its operating something that you do not need to be concerned about with a newer RV built in furnace ... not to mention the counter space you will be sacrificing while using a portable heater.
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Lisa, just a note on the noise of the furnaces. If you are at all sensitive to noise I find them incredibly noisy. Durng the day you deal with it but overnight it makes us all jump up including the dog! I think partly its because of them going on and off repeatedly and also that you are in a really small space to start with.
LOL thats so true! But I have found over time, those who sleep in my trailer have actually gotten accustom to it and no longer jump or if they do its only the first time it kicks in of the first night out that they do. Having said that though its a rare occasion (mostly late fall and winter camping) that I need to leave the furnace on during the whole night - find turning it on just before going to bed and then again just before getting up in the mornings works well enough.
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Old 04-17-2015, 10:18 PM   #22
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RV furnaces wake me up every time they come on. The catalytic heater makes virtually no sound and puts out an even, consistent amount of heat the entire time it's on.

The RV furnace is safer. And it can be set to a temperature (within a few degrees variation between off and on cycles), whereas most catalytic heaters have no temp adjustment or thermostat... about all you can do if it gets too warm is open a window or turn off the cat.

Pluses and minuses go both ways.
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:37 PM   #23
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Thanks for your input everyone. I greatly appreciate the shared experiences and the oops. I much prefer learning from others mistakes instead of my own. LOL

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Old 04-20-2015, 09:50 PM   #24
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Thanks everyone for the great replies and information, this gave me a lot more to consider than what I was previously thinking about. I am redesigning the layout of our 13' Boler by turning the front bunks 90 degrees and loosing the kitchen sink/stove/refrigerator/furnace area so that we can put a shower & toiler where the front bunks originally were. We could put a furnace under the bottom bunk about where it was originally in 71' but not sure if we want that LP furnace under our son's bunk so we are thinking of putting one on the curb side towards the bottom near the wheel well area so that we can still have a refrigerator above it (other than the refrigerator & maybe a microwave or toaster oven our kitchen will be an outside camp kitchen). As long as there is room for the vent there without interfering with the wheel well area the only other problem I have is how to run the LP line for it.
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