Originally Posted by dix39
Just a thought, I added a catalytic heater to our 11.5' Caribou. It can be used in conjunction with the propane heater or alone and it takes no electrical power. I use it a lot for "boondocking" (mostly bow hunting) in cold weather. You camp in some beautiful country.
I've never changed out a heater so I'm of no help there, sorry.
I didn't know anything about these heaters. Thanks for the insight.
I'm seriously looking into your advise on the catalytic heater.
I just started to look into all the pros and cons and it seems like a very viable option. Maybe even a way to eliminate my thoughts on installing solar on the new camper. Defiantly save a few bucks there.
My main reason I installed solar on my Bigfoot was to re-charge the batteries after a long night of running the furnace.
However, I am concerned about a couple things with the catalytic heater.
1) Will it keep the camper warm enough in the basement and near the exterior walls to prevent water supply lines from freezing?
2) If following manufacturers specific safety instructions you MUST crack open a couple windows in the rig to avoid asphyxiation. You likely won't die of carbon monoxide poisoning , but you darn sure will if you don't have any oxygen to breath. So isn't it a bit counter productive to introduce cold air into the camper you're trying to heat? Just sayin'.
3) I'd prefer the clean look of a permanently mounted heater. That would probably be fairly easy to do I'd think. I'll look deeper into that.
I was able to find a Wave 6000 on-line for about $260 USD. Do you think that would be adequate for an 11.5' TC. The reason I want he Olympian is that they claim it will operate at 12,000 ft. Most of my camping is above 6,000 ft and up to 10,000 ft
I'll keep looking into it.
Anyway Thanks again Steve.
And you're 100% correct,, I'm pretty lucky. I do camp in some very awesome parts of the U.S.