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Old 03-02-2012, 12:16 PM   #15
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Here is another option for quiet heat. I installed one in an old motorhome in the 1980's. It worked superbly, but they are fairly expensive. I like the safety of a fully vented system, so you can close all the windows without fear. The drawback to cats is they do not warm the air in the space, they only warm people and objects. The orientation of the install makes a difference. Ideally you would want the heater aiming down the center of your rig at your most frequently occupied area. In my 16' Scamp side dinette floorplan that isn't possible. All other cats that I know of burn inside air, which to me is way to risky to consider.

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Old 03-02-2012, 12:19 PM   #16
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I put in a platinum cat propane heater in my re-build and it has worked out fine. We used it a couple of times last year and it kept the trailer warm at night in 40 degree weather. It's vented and fairly quite. The only thing that you can hear once in awhile is a pop from the coupler that turns it on from a thermostat. It's not a cheap unit, but my wife was adamant that any propane heater would be vented, and I didn't have any room for a standard unit. It also has some nice safety features, it shuts down if there isn't enough air volume getting sucked out, and I believe an oxygen sensor. I talked directly to the guy that was building mine and he was very helpful in answering questions.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:51 PM   #17
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I would be concerned about venting thru the floor,as road grime could build up and block it without your knowing.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:58 PM   #18
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My parents left to go fishing,and left the furnace on in their trailer.When they returned,the place was full of smoke.It turns out a family of squirrels thought the vent was a nice warm place to set up camp.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:31 PM   #19
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Yes wasps, bees, birds, squirrels, road dirt, could block vents. It is a good idea to check the vent system before heading out. Even spiders can cause problems with gas systems.

Gotta go now. We are headed to Dixon Lake in Escondido CA for the weekend. This is only about 10 miles away from home, so the gasoline expenditure will be tolerable! We pay about $4.30 now.... ugh.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:33 PM   #20
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One of the things you can do to keep bugs out is put a screen on the outside at the vent. We did this and it has worked out well. We also vent to an through an outside wall.
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:10 PM   #21
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Propex furnace sucks

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Any update to this? Has anyone heard a Propex run? It's on our short list...
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I installed a Propex for a "quiet" furnace. It is NOT quiet, very inefficient with a ton of heat going out the tail pipe, and draws more battery power than specified. It has enough of a blower on the exhaust for it to be noticably noisy outside the scamp. I am experimenting with muffling the intake and hot air vents to bring down the fan noise. So unnecessary in such a small space. On the plus side it easily fit under the bed and blows plenty of hot air to warm up scamp quickly.

I am experimenting with a P9000. I may have my propex for sale at some point.
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