Replacing Furnace in a 13' Trillium - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-21-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
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We are interested in pulling the old Duo Therm furnace from our Trillium and upgrading to a modern propane furnace - non electric. Any suggestions on pulling the old furnace and what to replace it with? Should we convert to a cupboard and have a portable or are their modern trailer furnaces that will fit in the space under the sink of 1 13' 76 Trillium.

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Old 05-22-2009, 12:36 AM   #2
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I have a factory installed furnace in my 13 Scamp. It is located under the sink and on top of the wheel well. Fits in there perfectly.

Some folks use heaters that hang on the outside of a cabinet or ones that are portable and put on the floor. Consider the floor space is not all that big.

I personally like the furnace installed in the cabinet as it has it's own place out of the way. Now this furnaces have a fan that runs off the battery and it tends to be loud. Doesn't bother me, though.


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Old 05-22-2009, 07:52 AM   #3
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Hi Kirsten,

This is one area in my opinion where newer doesn't mean better. Those older furnaces were great, and it's too bad they don't make them any more. You won't be able to find anything as quiet and practical on the market today, and I know many would pay a good price to get one. No electricity, no moving parts, no fan, no noise, no humidity, and no CO or CO2 thanks to the outside venting. Low maintenance, too. We consider ourselves lucky to have one that is still in good shape - 35 years old and willl probably last for many more years to come. I will go to great lengths to keep ours in good working condition before I consider swapping it out for a "modern" one full of wires, electric controls and (gasp) a noisy fan. Can I have yours as a backup?

All a matter of opinion and preference, of course.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:06 AM   #4
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This one isn't the same as yours but it is original and serves me well. Keeps me warm enough. If it gets colder I supplement with a L'il Buddy
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