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Old 03-04-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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For those of you who have installed a furnace in your EggCamper, what brand furnace did you use and what is the output? Local RV place has a 12,000 btu one in their catalog. How does that compare to yours? Thanks
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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This is the unit installed in my 13 Scamp. It works really well.
Atwood 8012-II Furnace
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That is the one in my 19' Escape, love it. Lowest amp draw on the market.
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Atwood 8012-II. As Jim said; it has the lowest current draw of all the furnaces with a fan that I could find. I wanted a furnace with outside exhaust. In spite of all the safety claims for cat heaters, I prefer the outside flue. I haven't had to use it too often, but when I did, it worked well, although the fan is a bit louder than the original electric heater.

With that said, I've heard there are some outside vented cat heaters being manufactured these days that may be even easier on your battery. Sorry, I don't have any details or experience with them.

Here's a photo of its location just above the wheel well. As you'll notice, I've done several changes to the front of the kitchen. Prior to installing the furnace, I had two smaller drawers in that location. I removed them to accomodate the furnace, but that required adding a 1/4" birch plywood facade, lowering the fridge, and adding the drawer above the fridge. The support for the new furnace is wooden table (bridge) that straddles the original heater and is screwed to the floor. The propane sensor is mounted beneath the original electric heater.

In the first photo, I've removed the carpeting in preparation for installing vinyl flooring (alure).

I also moved the 120 vac outlet from the front of the kitchen to the post at the left rear of the counter.

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That is the one in my 19' Escape, love it. Lowest amp draw on the market.
Not the lowest if you consider that some heaters use no electricity--including vented heaters.

If run continuously, 2 Amps at 12 volts is 24 Amp-Hours (AH). A full days continuous use would be 576 AH. So at a worst case your batteries would be dead pretty quickly.

Of course if you were plugged in, power is not a concern.
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It looks rather nice there. Good job installing it by the way.
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amps * volts = watts, not amp hours. 2 amps continuous would be 48 amp hours per day.
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amps * volts = watts, not amp hours. 2 amps continuous would be 48 amp hours per day.
But, only if it runs non-stop, which it doesn't. In reality, it's probably more like a 50% duty cycle, when it's in use and it probably would be shut down completely during some part of the day.

Also, with enough solar, the panels would be powering the appliances during daylight hours.

In spite of all this, it would be worth exploring some of the newer catalytic vented furnaces. As Conrad mentioned, there are some that use no electric.
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Would REALLY like to see a lot more pixs of your kitchen and other areas is you re-did them. Dont know if you have photobucket or similar place to post but this will be my third step for my restoration and I like your compartmentalization of everything. SO any pictures to make my life easier plus descriptions of what you did would be greatly appreciated.
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Yesterday I dropped the EggCamper off at our local RV place for furnace & cooktop installation. They handle the Atwood furnace and are super guys with a lot of skills at very reasonable prices and they've always been very accommodating. Thanks all for your input.
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Ron F I also noticed what appears to be no stove? Was this intentional or are you a WIP on your Egg????

rgrugg maybe you can post some pictures of the final product after you get it back both inside the egg, inside the cabinet mounting and perhaps the outside venting port placement. THANKS - am looking for details to assist me.

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But, only if it runs non-stop, which it doesn't. In reality, it's probably more like a 50% duty cycle, when it's in use and it probably would be shut down completely during some part of the day.

Also, with enough solar, the panels would be powering the appliances during daylight hours.
I completely agree. My 75w panel could usually keep up to my daily fridge/furnace consumption because nothing runs all of the time. Only time my batteries don't charge completely are on poor sun days or if I'm parked in a terrible spot.
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Ron F I also noticed what appears to be no stove? Was this intentional or are you a WIP on your Egg????

rgrugg maybe you can post some pictures of the final product after you get it back both inside the egg, inside the cabinet mounting and perhaps the outside venting port placement. THANKS - am looking for details to assist me.

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The EggCamper is an all electric unit, stove is a plug in electric burner style. The all electric is the reason for the propane installs in the Eggcampers.
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Thanks Jim,

I was totally unaware of that "feature". Very interesting. I will have to find the next closest Egg get together and come down for the day and visit everyone if its somewhere close to Dallas area. Would be able to see a lot of things up close and personal.
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