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Old 08-23-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Propex Furnace Installation

I am installing a Propex HS2000 propane heater in to my Trillium. At the present time I have no propane at all in the trailer so this will be a complete install.

I decided to mount the furnace under the couch to better use the space in the corner. Hopefully it will not be too loud.

I had to make a flat surface to mount it on and to cut two large holes for the combustion air intake and exhaust as shown in the pictures. I still have to wire up the thermostat, 12V and the propane line.

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Old 08-23-2015, 10:01 AM   #2
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Cool. I have thought about one of these under the front seat of my Scamp someday. Please keep us posted on your progress and how it works in this location.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:24 AM   #3
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Hi Tim

Thanks for your reply. I am pleased with how small it is. I hope to get the propane system purchased and installed on Tuesday, then I can fire it up. I hope it will not be too loud.

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As you say that you had no propane in your caravan before this installation, do not forget the installation of a propane detector, which is is to replace every 5 years.

I read that this model of heater is very effective, precise and silent.

I follow you in your installation to know your comments on the result of efficiency.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:20 AM   #5
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....I read that this model of heater is very effective, precise and silent.

I follow you in your installation to know your comments on the result of efficiency.
I am also waiting to hear how it works .. it would have to be a heck of a furnace to justify the cost, but it might be.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:42 AM   #6
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I'd never heard of this heater before. I have never used the propane heater in my Boler, because it's placement is too close to the bed, once it's made. I always was afraid it might catch the blankets fire.
Where did you purchase it? Looking forward to hearing how it's working for you.
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:25 PM   #7
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These are very commonly added to Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia campervans.

We have one mounted in the cabinet of our '90 Syncro Westy and it is very good at heating a small space like the interior of a van. We run it at night before climbing in the sleeping bags, then raise the thermostat so it comes on before we crawl out of bed in the morning. When placing your thermostat, you might want to think about putting it in a spot you can reach from the bed.

I don't know if we could sleep through it cycling on and off during the night, but it might be possible. The blower noise is something you can easily talk over.
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I too am very interested in this heater and your install. I still have the original DuoTherm heater in our Trillium and we literally use it every time we are out camping. I have often thought about upgrading it to a new modern more efficient heater but have not found anything that I am totally crazy about. I really like the design and spec of the Propex furnace. Keep us posted!
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Old 08-24-2015, 09:17 PM   #9
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I'm planning on installing a heater in my Boler in the next few months. I'll be following your install with interest. The heater sounds like one that I would be interested in.


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Colin, where did you purchase the heater from?
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Colin, where did you purchase the heater from?
We got ours here: Westy Ventures / Propex heaters
The HS2000 is the smallest model and would seem to be well-suited for a small FGRV.
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Colin, this is the same heater model that we put in our Lil Snoozy, and it is quieter than the Suburban furnaces we had in our Scamps, but it does not put out as much heat either (It feels like a hair dryer). It runs for a longer period of time to bring the temperature up to our comfort settings, so if I were to do it over again I would go with the larger BTU model, ( we do have a larger area to heat though).
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:08 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of your replys. I do have the thermostat where I can reach it while in bed...good idea.

I got it from Products - Propex Propane Heaters and they were great to deal with in Vancouver I think.

They are not cheap but I think i the long run by extending our camping season it will pay off.

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Quick update on the air hoses. There are 2 trough the floor for combustion in and out and one big one for the hot air out. (cold air in does not need a hose)

They recommend not to cut the inlet air hose ( the black one with the arrows in the picture) so I ran it along the propane shelf.

As for the combustion air out...the very hot one...its the silver one that has been trimmed to length with a nice gradual downward slope. Both the combustion air in and out will be covered with a bag of some sort while travelling to stop dust from entering.

So propane line and 2 electrical connections and I am ready to go

Note: my frame was reinforced when the new braked axle went on so it looks different from most.
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