Referral - Early 70's Trillium Furnace - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-18-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Referral - Early 70's Trillium Furnace

This is a referral only, this is not mine.

What a great deal. I want this so bad, I can taste it, (leaves a kinda metallic taste). But shipping to Calgary would be expensive. If you are in the Ottawa area, and have an older Trillium, having a spare furnace is not a bad thing.

Camper propane furnace (from 1974 Trillium) - Ottawa Parts, Accessories For Sale - Kijiji Ottawa Canada.
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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Thanks for the referral David. I contacted the seller and will be making arrangements to pick up the furnace within the next month.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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No problem Ron, but the seller tells me that they don't have the outside vent. I probably have something that will fit, but I am not sure. I have the same furnace in Humpty Dumpty, and the outside vent is a little different.

The more recent version is a bit low on heat output. From what I have read, this model puts out lots of heat.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:02 PM   #4
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The seller told me he had everything for it. I guess I'll see in a month or so when I pick it up. I figure for $30, I can't expect too much. If not I may take you up on your offer if you happen to find something that might fit.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:19 PM   #5
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Hmmmm.....

Can't say that I'd be in that much of a hurry to buy a used, 40 year old furnace, sight unseen. Isn't there a safer way to heat a Trillium????

For your $30 investment you could wind up DEAD

40 is really OLD for an RV furnace
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:26 PM   #6
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Not a bad point Bob, but many 40 year old Trilliums have them. They are very simple. Basically a fire in a box. I would invest in a CO detector though.
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In think that the "Fire in a box" causes the biggest concern, that of CO leaks.

A detector would be mandatory. All that said, I think that anything connected to the LP system that's been bouncing down the road for 40 years has outlived it's useful life. I replaced everything LP related, including the copper tubing, cooker, water heater & furnace on my equally old Hunter.
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Bob raises a REALLY good point.

Besides the point that its old by LP appliance standards there is also the fact that many of these old furnace types/designs are not made anymore & an LP appliance repair shop that values its licence will not touch it. The reason for that is a Priceless one.
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Wow Bob, clearly you have much more money then I do. I trust that a CO detector of recent vintage will protect me from the furnace, but wait, don't I have an exposed, unvented burner on my stove? If I cook for more then an hour, am I not in great danger?

Nope. Propane burns fairly clean, if it has enough O2. So, any fugitive emissions, from the furnace are likely not particularly toxic.

What I can't understand is the construction heaters that vent into the work area, or the Mr. Heaters, or the catalytic heaters that several people on this site use. They all produce CO, and NOx. The difference between them, and a fire in a box is that the box has a fresh air intake, and an exhaust. Having dissembled a few furnaces that were standard equipment in Trilliums, I have found none that look even close to rusting through. I happen to currently own seven of them.

I am sorry if this comes off a bit rude, but thoughtless waste bothers me. All part and parcel of the disposable society I suppose.
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Not to have to explain the obvious, but you usually don't go to sleep while cooking in an RV, and all include warnings to not use it as a space heating source. In the case of a stove, it could use up all the oxygen and you could have a very long sleep. Same thing for construction site heaters etc. They are all well tagged for having required ventilation etc.

But I don't equate tossing a 40 year old furnace to thoughtless waste any more than tossing a 7 year old tire, even if it does still hold air. It's like playing the lottery, I just don't like the odds that older LP devices come included with.

And, yep, replacing and adding new appliances did cost a few $$$, but not only do I feel safer, but they are a value added improvement when trying to sell a 40 y.o. trailer some time down the line.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:02 PM   #11
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Here is an article on Carbon Monoxide and LP appliances. Note that "Properly Functioning" is the operative word to safe operation. At 40+ years old, who knows????
Dangers of Carbon Monoxide and Incomplete Combustion in Propane Appliances
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:57 AM   #12
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Trillium Duo-Therm Heater

Hello,

Both my 1972 and my current 1978 Trillium have had the
Duo-Therm heater installation. They have proven to be
quite reliable and great for boondocking as they take no
12VDC power. However, I don't use the heater at night.
I have plenty of warm covers to keep me toasty through
the night. If it is very cold in the morning I light the
old thing before getting out of bed and getting dressed.
It only takes a few minutes to get the old Trill to a very
comfortable temperature.

Just for my information, does anyone know of a presently
manufactured externally vented LP heater for small RVs
that requires no electricity?

Thanks, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I have not seen one specifically for RV's, but:
Empire Heating Systems: Direct-Vent Wall Furnace

Not sure if it is legal for RV use.

Also:
Yes!! A Great Vented Catalytic Heater
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:33 PM   #14
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I think that the basic rules in the US of A is that it if doesn't specify that you can and give instructions how to install in a trailer or RV, it isn't approved for that use.

I've never seen one otherwise.
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