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Old 09-06-2014, 08:09 AM   #1
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Building a toy hauler - need a furnace / heater

I picked up a used 7 X 16 Mirage Excel enclosed cargo trailer to convert into a toy hauler / hunting rig for my Yamaha Rhino. The PO had already insulated with styrofoam board and added a couple of windows, roof vent and some cabinetry at the front end. So while there remains much to do to turn into "my" perfect trailer, one of the things it needs is some sort of heat. We will be off grid in the desert country along the Idaho / Nevada border and need a furnace. I have a honda genset and it has a couple of 110v outlets, but I'd rather not run the gen set all night. So I'll have an electric heater for use when we are running the gen set, but I'd like to add a propane/kerosene heater for use at night. Obviously, I don't want to suffocate us while asleep (the trailer has a CO detector in it - I'd rather not see if it works).

What are my options for a small gas heater?

PS - I'll take some pics and post on a build thread as I get going on this.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:16 AM   #2
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Gas heater from a scrapped tent trailer.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:45 AM   #3
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Espar, Webasto, Planar type would work. Gas or diesel fire options.
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:26 AM   #4
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I use an Olympian Wave 3 Catalytic heater in my RV. Doesn't have a fan so is quiet but the radiant heat is nice and can be run all night without using much propane or worry about C02. I like it a lot. Kind of pricey but worth it for me.
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:11 AM   #5
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Try a Buddy Heater attached to a 20 lb propane bottle. All my RV friends use them and so do I. They do not produce CO and they shut down if the oxygen level drops or if the heater is tipped over.
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:41 PM   #6
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I use an Olympian Wave 3 Catalytic heater in my RV. Doesn't have a fan so is quiet but the radiant heat is nice and can be run all night without using much propane or worry about C02. I like it a lot. Kind of pricey but worth it for me.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:06 PM   #7
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I use an Olympian Wave 3 Catalytic heater in my RV. Doesn't have a fan so is quiet but the radiant heat is nice and can be run all night without using much propane or worry about C02. I like it a lot. Kind of pricey but worth it for me.
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:15 PM   #8
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Does the Wave give off a smell like the Mr.Buddy heater? Is it vented to the outside at all?
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:27 PM   #9
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Does the Wave give off a smell like the Mr.Buddy heater? Is it vented to the outside at all?
Mine had no smell at all, I had the large size and if I remember right it required 12in of fresh air, like the van window cracked an inch or so or a roof vent open a little in the trailer.

I drilled a hole in the floor and ran the line to the tank outside.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:45 PM   #10
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I use a coleman catalytic in my van (similar to a buddy heater) with one of these eco fans sitting on top to move the air.

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Old 09-09-2014, 08:08 PM   #11
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If it were me, I'd put in a propane/12v furnace, a couple deep cycle batteries, and a smart converter/charger.

In any event, carbon monoxide, smoke, and propane detectors would be a must.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:23 PM   #12
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Why not use a normal RV furnace?
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:33 AM   #13
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I don't use mine as it is power hungry and noisy. The wave is silent and doesn't use any electric power yet heats up the space well enough for my small RV.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:22 PM   #14
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Just put a procom furnace into my mini toyhauler
  • Cheap.
  • No battery needed.
  • quiet.
  • thermostatically controlled.

The last one is huge. Tried to use a MR buddy heater in my little travel trailer on a 40 degree night. Even on low it heated the thing up to 80 degrees, then was out of gas at 3am.
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Thermostat, price, size, etc., is great. Two problems I see are it won't operate at over 4500', and a lack of radiant heat. I have a larger version at my house which works great but sitting in front of it to get warm isn't very satisfying. Much of my camping is over 4500'.

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Just put a procom furnace into my mini toyhauler
  • Cheap.
  • No battery needed.
  • quiet.
  • thermostatically controlled.

The last one is huge. Tried to use a MR buddy heater in my little travel trailer on a 40 degree night. Even on low it heated the thing up to 80 degrees, then was out of gas at 3am.
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