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Old 01-07-2015, 05:44 PM   #1
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1965 Mercury Econoline _8525 Atwood heater

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I am restoring an old 1965 Ford Econoline. It came with an old propane furnace that no longer works. A friend gave me a Atwood 8525 III heater. I am confident I can vent it through the existing vent stack out the side of the van postioning the unit in the right location inside a cabinet. I would have to move the on/off switch to be acceesible.*
What I am wondering is will the standard 12 v car/van battery be enough to power the unit, and for how long before I had to fire up the van to recharge the battery. I do have the ability to put 2 car/van batteries in series if that helps. Also what type of fuse would I need between the power source and the unit?

Looking forward to feedback.

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Shaun‎
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Two batteries in series dedicated to the house system? Or one for the van and one for the house? Dedicated would be far better, with an isolator to charge both while the van is running.
You don't want to use a starting battery for the house system; they're not designed to be discharged/recharged repeatedly.
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Ok, so if I hook up a deep cycle in series to my regular van battery with an isolater having the deep cycle dedicated to the furnace. That will work? What type of isolater would I need? Are they expensive?
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This is the isolator I use in my jetboat: Amazon.com: RV Trailer Camper High Performance Battery Isolator 90 Amp NOCO IGD90HP: Automotive
The house battery won't be connected in series with the starting battery, only the grounds are shared. The positive from the deep cycle will run your furnace and any other 12v components you want to use (lights, radio, etc). You can install a small fuse block for safety.
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Thank you. I looked up wiring batteries with an isolater. Pretty straight forward. Thanks for all the help. Great forum.
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Atwood heater - vertical vs horizontal?

Can the Atwood 8525 III heater be turned on it's side being vertical /upright vs horizontal? It would free up space being vertical. I am thinking no as it may impact the pilot light. I will test it on the work bench. But if anyone know let me know.
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Found out it can be installed vertical.
Woo hoo
http://www.atwoodmobile.com/manuals/...0SP%201.08.pdf
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