Propex HS2800 Heater Install - Trillium - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-29-2016, 07:50 PM   #1
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Propex HS2800 Heater Install - Trillium

So after contemplating getting a new heater for over a year I finally did it. I purchased a Propex HS2800 heater this spring and installed it a few weeks ago. After reading all the threads from FG owners on their Propex heaters I decided to go with the HS2800 which is the bigger 9500 BTU unit. My decision was based on having 2 small kids and often camping when the overnight temperature is in the 0 to -5 Celsius range. I mounted the heater under the curb side dinette. I decided to mount it there so it was the farthest away from the kids bunk bed and on the feet end of our bed. I mounted the electronic thermostat on the side of the galley so we would easily be able to adjust the temperature setting overnight if need be. The wiring was very easy to install with the provided wiring harnesses and I got my buddy Joe at Trillium / Outback to install the new LP line.

We went camping a couple of weeks ago in Banff, AB where the over night temperature was around -3 Celsius. The heater cycled very well during the night and on the low / med setting on the thermostat it kept the interior temp at a constant 17 degrees Celsius. With the 2 nights of the heater running our battery voltage never was below 12.4. You can hear the heater when in cycles on and off but it is not loud. It didn't keep us up or wake us during the night. This is by far the best upgrade I have done to our Trillium.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:54 AM   #5
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Very nice. Good info. I believe you and I have the same electric fridge (Nova Kool R1900). That's pretty good if you can run both for two days without the batteries going below 12.4V. The batteries may get a bit more depleted on warmer days, but I'm thinking you'll still be OK for a few days.

Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in the trailer?
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Interesting. I am contemplating installing one of these (probably the smaller one) in my old Scamp. I think under one side of the front bunk area when I do my front dinette mod. Could you expand on the venting a little? I only see one vent on the inside, is that intake or discharge and where is the other one? I assume your reference to fresh air intake is for combustion? Where did you discharge the combustion exhaust? Sorry for all the questions.
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Hi Vince, yes I have a Nova Kool R1900 fridge. I installed a relatively big solar panel set up (270 watts) last year. This year I did a 6 volt battery conversion with 2 Interstate batteries. They are rated at 232ah. As long as there is some sun I should be good for a few days.

I do have a carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector and propane detector. I wanted to be overly safe with the 2 small kids in the trailer.
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Hey Tim, the heater is awesome. I highly recommend it. The black vent that you see is the interior heat vent. This is where the heat comes into the trailer. There is also a second vent in the interior under the dinette table. This is to recycle the already heated interior air. There are two exterior metal tubes. The one in the photo that you see by the axel is the exterior combustion exhaust and the second is the fresh air intake for combustion.

One of the other benefits that I didn't realize is that there is no condensation in the trailer overnight with the heater running because of the fresh air intake as well.
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Hi Clayton, couple of questions.
Did you take out your old heater or did you not have one?
Do you have to vent through the floor or is it your choice? I would worry about catching the pipes. thanks
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Old 06-30-2016, 01:52 PM   #10
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I have been interested in these for some time now and will probably eventually get one. Seems like a great solution. Please update us all as time goes on. I do have some minor concerns about long term dependability or at least where one can get the little heater serviced and/or repaired.
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Hi Claire, the trailer had the original gravity fed Duo-Therm heater. It worked but I was a bit unsure about having a 40 year old heater. I also wanted to be able to run the heater overnight without worry.

You do need to run the fresh air and exhaust tubes through the floor. I am not worried at all about the clearance with the tubes. I never take the trailer off road.
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Sweet install Clayton. Is this model also an under body mount?
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Hey Dave, this model is not an outside or under mount unit. I did consider going with the HS2211 which is the under mount but it is the smaller BTU. After a lot of thought, I decided the higher BTU unit would be the better choice for me.
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Thanks for the info Clayton. I followed David Bs install in his LS and saw his handy work first hand at the Q rally. No heater in my SD and I don't want to loose any interior space so an under mount would be the way to go. One of the things I really like with these units is the fact that nothing can accidently fall against the heater grill. You can install the vents in areas that are always clear.
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