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Old 01-14-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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high efficiency propane heat

Thought I'd pass this along. These little heaters are fully vented, 91% efficient, low current draw of 1.9 amps for the 10K BTU unit. Note that the heat output of the 10K is the same as a 12K RV furnace. The smaller unit (6500 BTU) would be great for those needing some heat with low consumption. They draw only 1.4 amps when running. They are thermostat controlled. They appear easy to mount and duct as well. They are sold in the US through marine outlets mainly. Google pulls them up.

a 1500W electric heater puts out about 5100 BTU. The smaller propane unit is about 5900.

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Old 01-14-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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I was looking at doing something like a dickinson propane one in my next rebuild, but this one looks interesting also. I woulder how quite it is?
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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I know a guy who is installing one so I'm waiting to hear about the noise. I'm guessing they are quite since the output is only 65 and 85 CFM.

This unit should be easier to mount than the Dickenson, and does not pose the problem of hot surfaces in a tight confine. You mount it inside a cabinet and vent the air through a duct.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #4
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I've seen a couple of the dickerson ones installed in Airstream redo's, near the main seating area, and like the idea of seeing the flame on cold days. This may or may not not work in my application, don't know yet, so any other way to do a heat source is always good.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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Any update to this? Has anyone heard a Propex run? It's on our short list...
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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How about in a uhaul ct13?

I am out in Mouse on our first test run. The original heater does a great job, but the fan takes a lot of power and is noisy.

I would love a quiet heater that doesn't bust the battery budget. Would love to get 3-4 days on a charge.
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How about in a uhaul ct13?

I am out in Mouse on our first test run. The original heater does a great job, but the fan takes a lot of power and is noisy.

I would love a quiet heater that doesn't bust the battery budget. Would love to get 3-4 days on a charge.
Have you looked at catalytic heaters, with no fan? Some just use the kind that run off a small propane cylinder, others tap into the big propane tank.

Amazon.com: propane heater: Sports & Outdoors

Amazon.com: Camco 57331 Olympian RV Wave-3 LP Gas Catalytic Heater: Automotive

I'm also curious if one could install a high efficiency computer type pancake fan in an RV heater instead of the old brush type motor.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:59 AM   #8
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We've been looking at these heaters also, very very nice unit by the looks of it. would install in many different locations too without having to cut holes into the side of the trailer, could just run it in one of the under seat compartments and cut holes into the floor and vent it out that way.

I'd love one of them but check out the pricing. $8-900USD way to explensive.

here is the link: Propex Heaters - US distributor
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:46 AM   #9
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$725 plus tax and delivery, so about $800.

They look real good! No combustion gases! 90% efficient and 1.4 amps for the HS2000. Small foot print. Can be tucked in a space under the bed.

What more could you want from a furnace!

I think I am going to install one.

Is there a thread that discusses the details of how to remove the original CT13 furnace?
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your talking $725 plus taxes and delivery for the smaller one. its just about $830 shipped in the US for the bigger one.

not sure what size would be needed for a 13" trailer? smaller one would be nicer for the price. but not sure if it would be enough 6,500btu seems a bit small to me? whats a stock heater for a boler/scamp trailer? 12,000tbu or something? looks the bigger one sounds more like what should be installed.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:06 PM   #11
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I'm leaning towards trying the HS2000 in a Casita FD. First we have to get the trailer though! We bought one in FL that doesn't have a furnace. We're in New England, so I want something for heat. According to the specs it should handle that square footage. All the cats sound nice, but the peace of mind is worth the extra money to us. We like the completely isolated combustion. Electrical load doesn't sound too bad either.
So two weeks from today we pick up the camper in FL! It's gonna be a long 2 weeks. The heat situation will be the first project we do.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:58 PM   #12
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I had the heater gasoline powered in my last VW Westfalia from this company. Eberspächer UK - Air Heaters .It was expensive but extremely quiet.

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My Coleman Black Cat does pretty well, down into the 30s. It's portable (no installation) and only cost about $50. I think they make one with a fan also (the fan runs on D cells) if one desires more heat circulation.
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My Coleman Black Cat does pretty well, down into the 30s. It's portable (no installation) and only cost about $50. I think they make one with a fan also (the fan runs on D cells) if one desires more heat circulation.

You can see it in the first link in post #7 above.
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