Thanks everyone for your responses so far!
1. Are there any other heater components other than: the outside heater panel/burner (hydro flame corp unit pictures from before), the three floor vents and the inside wall thermostat?
2. Under the oven (not visible unless I pull out the drawers) in the floor is a large grate that clearly has an opening into the floor. Is this the air return? Or is the vent in the middle of the floor that doesn't have an open/close the air return?
3. When everyone is saying "heater fans" I'm assuming you all mean the circular fan chambers that are found behind that main printed black panel that says Hydro Flame Corporation accessed from outside of the RV. Please let me know if I've misunderstood and there's fans elsewhere.
4. Now that you've seen pictures of the propane tank - if it were your tank would you paint, repair (change gaskets) or replace?
If paint, any advice before I paint the LP tank? My plan is:
- Turn off the outside valve. Tank is less than 1/8 full according to the gauge.
- Test for any leaks using a soapy water solution in a spray bottle as outlined on this link.
- Only hand sand or wire brush (slowly) to remove all loose rust areas - no power sanders.
- Wipe tank down to remove all dust and let dry (or blow dry with metro dryer - no heat).
- Tape off all things that I don't want painted. Make sure that no valves are completely closed off in case they need to vent.
- Make sure the tank has plenty of time to dry before nightfall (temp change for tank and paint)
- Still researching primers/paints. So far I have Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer
, Rust-Oleum Primer for Rusty Metal
, or Sherwin Williams Kem Bond HS Universal Metal Primer
- basically an Oil Based Primer. Then two coats of Acrylic paint in Silver - need to research.
Heater To Do List - Addition:
From the comments so far on starting up the heater in addition to my main list I should also:
- Remove the heater from it's casing and fully clean it out to make sure there isn't anything inside that can start on fire. To do this I've found this video on YouTube
that has a full disassembly of a similar unit. I LOVE this kind of stuff (taking things apart and cleaning them and re-assemble) and this is not an appliance I should not be overly cautious about.
- Really make sure that the vents are FULLY cleaned. Blow them out with my metro dyer while I have the heater taken apart?
Again... not sure what I'd do without all of you. Thank you for your time!