I bought my Scamp
with no furnace
because of the complaints about the noise and smell of the cheap Suburban furnace
uses. My Wave 3 catalytic heater has been OK but I will not sleep with it on. I really want to extend my camping season, so now I want to put a vented furnace
in the camper this winter and I am looking for something better than the cheap Suburban NT-16SE Furnace
would have sold me.
I want something that is easy on the battery
(under two amps). Also, I think the 16k BTU of the Suburban is probably a bit too much heat (I don’t plan to be out in sub-20 degree Fahrenheit weather). I think that 6-12,000 BTUs is plenty and would result in less frequent cycling.
Option one is a ProPex furnace
. I have done a lot of research on the SH2211 (6,500 BTU. 1.7 amps). I am sure I would be very happy with it but the installation is proving to be more difficult than I am comfortable with. The reasons are quite involved so let me just say that it is still on my list but I am leaning toward the traditional style of RV furnace.
Option two is the supposedly quieter version of the furnace that Scamp uses, the Suburban NT-16SEQ Furnace
. I’m not sure I would be happy with it but I have not seen one in person.
Option three is the Atwood 8012-II (7900 series). This looks like a winner. 12,000 BTUs, 1.8 amp draw, a quieter squirrel cage blower and an easy installation. Nearly perfect except that apparently it has been discontinued and the replacements
draw 3.4 amps! (Dear Atwood, I’m trying to extend my off-grid time, not shorten it!)
So finding the best furnace for a small fiberglass trailer is proving to be more difficult than I expected. Most of the furnaces made seem to be for bigger rigs, or they are entry level models that leave much to be desired.
So what is the best furnace for a 16 foot Scamp? Is it one of the above or did I miss a better option? I’m open to any other suggestions (except for using a cube heater when on shore power.. that’s a given).