Stay away from Coleman furnaces and don't try to repair!! They were recalled for a reason: explosion. Another thing to watch for is Suburban NT series, sometimes the burner chamber blows out. Easy to tell, there's visible holes at seams. Just FYI...
Oh, I just looked at the westy link I added and realized the new propex heaters mount externally. ( I guess I should look at my links befor I add them :-)) The older ones were mounted internally and vented out. The old ones (looks like they are still available hs2000) were small enough to mount under a dinet or in a closet. Anyway they are expensive but cool. It would be nice to keep the vintage look with modern internal parts.
Bringing down my neighborhood property values one trailer at a time.
I did a lot of research on small propane heaters when I had a boat and later for my air-cooled 1960's VW bus. My boat had the "Cozy Cabin" heater as was posted in a link above, but I originally had the kerosene version. I of found the kerosene terrible, as the burner coked up easily and use of the heater gave everyone a headache - even though it was vented. I tried several types of kerosene full with no improvement. I finally converted my Cozy Cabin to propane, which was much better. Although propane in a boat is a bit of a hassle if you attend to all the safety requirements.
Here in the NW and Alaska, quite a fe people have liked this heater for their boats: Propex It is small, can be installed in a cabinet or dinette seat base and has lots of ducting and venting accessories. I like that it draws relatively few amps compared to your typical RV furnace. I just moved our vintage trailer to Arizona, so heat may not usually be required. If it is, I might give the Propex a try.
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Post by turbodaddy on Oct 27, 2016 14:15:10 GMT -8
I think some of these options "overkill" for a camper. I lived year round on a 32' powerboat in New England for 10 years with a Dickinson pot burner. It was all stainless steel with a cast iron cooktop/ oven / and built in fan for heat distribution. Vented with SS stovepipe, with a nice SS surround to deflect the heat. Originally made for kerosene, I modified to burn diesel which was easier to obtain. That thing was amazing ( and heavy). I haven't checked, but I imagine if they are available they must be $2K by now. The expense when weighed against the relatively few occasions when you'll actually need heat makes me think you'd be better off with one of the unvented catalytic propane heaters others on this forum have used, or a standard RV furnace like Attwood. We usually only run the furnace for an hour or so in the morning and again around supper, and once again before bedtime. All depends on how much time you will be in the camper vs. out hiking, fishing or whatever. Be realistic about when and where you expect to camp, and don't be afraid of well installed and maintained propane.