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Old 03-30-2018, 01:25 PM   #1
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Camco Olympian wave heater install

Of those of you who have a Camco Olympian wave heater in your fiberglass trailer how and where did you install it? I'm not seeing too much wall space in the scamp to mount one.
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Old 03-30-2018, 04:08 PM   #2
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The usual place I've seen it is on the closet by the door near the bottom, and that's on models that do not have the fridge installed there.

I think I recall one person set it up as a freestanding unit on the floor in front of the front bunk using a quick-connect propane fitting.

Make sure you read and follow all directions regarding clearances and ventilation. Maintain working smoke, CO, and LP detectors. Cover the unit when not in use to prevent contamination of the catalytic pads. Used as directed, they are safe, but people die every year from improper use of unvented propane heaters.

Be prepared for large amounts of water vapor emitted as a combustion byproduct (along with carbon dioxide). If you're not careful, you can end up with mold growing inside cabinets and benches.
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Old 03-30-2018, 04:48 PM   #3
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I think I recall one person set it up as a freestanding unit on the floor in front of the front bunk using a quick-connect propane fitting.
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Sounds like that person could have been me, except that I dont use the floor because of the dog. But I did install a quick connect fitting, and even rigged the manometer to use the quick connect.

I did look at places to install the smallest Wave (3) and never found a good place that met the minimum clearances, would not be a hazard to me or the dog, etc.

Jon's cautions are important. You will see more in this thread I am sure, and some might sound quite dire. For me, the wave is only for occasional use, or emergency use where I have lost all electric (120 and 12) and need heat to survive. I have used it an average of once a year.

So for occasional use I have the legs for it and I set it on the kitchen counter on an extension with a small (pull) chain attached to the grill and the upper cabinet, allowing it to hang far enough forward so as not to overheat the upper cabinet. I do not sleep with it on. For occasional use while awake I would set it on the floor if I did not have the dog.

If you find an acceptable location, let us know.
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I believe you were the person, Gordon, but my memory was foggy. Thanks for clarifying the details.
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Much of the heat from a catalytic travels in a straight line ahead of it and primarily warms those things in its path. Ideally one would want to install it so it points toward the area you most want to heat (like the bed, for example). That can be quite a challenge in our small trailers. The non-permanent, quick connect idea appeals to me.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:16 AM   #6
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The scamp I purchased last year had one installed already.



I have used it a number of times, and it works well.
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The scamp I purchased last year had one installed already. ...
Is that a Wave three or a six? Per the manual:

The Olympian™ Wave 6 and Wave 8 can be hung on the wall in a
vertical or horizontal position. The Wave 3 can only be mounted
in the vertical position.


https://www.manualslib.com/manual/95...?page=4#manual

http://www.dyersonline.com/downloadf...itfile_id/575/
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Is that a Wave three or a six? Per the manual:

The Olympian™ Wave 6 and Wave 8 can be hung on the wall in a
vertical or horizontal position. The Wave 3 can only be mounted
in the vertical position.


https://www.manualslib.com/manual/95...?page=4#manual

http://www.dyersonline.com/downloadf...itfile_id/575/
From my units manual.
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So its a Wave 3 and two copies of the manual I found said it has to be vertical, but your photo and this manual from 2008 says it can be horizontal or vertical. How confusing. If it were me I think I would call their tech support.

The other concern might be its age since it looks like an older model to me, and if it is uncovered all the time. Everyone who uses the Wave heaters should be familiar with the instructions, particularly the section on catalytic pad poisoning. The pads do not last forever - their lifetimes are largely dependent on the environment they are used in.
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Old 04-09-2018, 03:44 PM   #10
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we have a wave 3 it heats our 13f just fine. we put it on the kitchen counter aimed toward the bed. crack a window 1/4in and the top 1/4in and don't worry. I have ran one in my house for 20 years never a problem.


they will surprise you how cheap they are to run also I disconnected the furnance hooked a flex line there 3ft I believe and on the end put a quick disconnect so we can put it away when not in use.


you must cover these when not in use if the pad gets too much dust in it it will stop working.


good luck,


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my wave 3 lives on the bathroom door of my casita 16 sd. i do use a cover when it's not in use and crack the windows a bit for safety. the little heater does a great job keeping the chill away.

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nice idea

I like your mounting idea nice

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kitchen counter floor I have ran it 2 weeks in a row in cold wx!


works great follow good sense in venting no problems. no extra equipment when hooking up none needed!


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