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Old 02-11-2015, 11:35 PM   #31
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With the furnace in the old location, do you draw straws to determine who gets the back of their legs fried? Where does the heat go when the dinette is a bed?
Overall, I see pluses with the new location ( other than two drawers going missing ).
But then, I'd go for a 19 over a 21.
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Bob, since they won't start building your 21 till April, if you really prefer the original location, you could ask ETI to build, plumb and wire as before, leave the original furnace opening, and obtain the Atwood 8012 yourself. They are for sale online in a number of places.
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:44 PM   #33
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I agree with Donna's observation that the new location is likely better for heating.
The original space could be fitted with drawers, right? They wouldn't be nearly as convenient as the original drawer cabinet, but there might not be much loss of total storage volume.

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I went to the Atwood site and checked out the specs.
Okay... you did better than I did in the search - where are these specs? Which Atwood site? I don't see it on Atwood Mobile.
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...if you really prefer the original location, you could ask ETI to build, plumb and wire as before, leave the original furnace opening, and obtain the Atwood 8012 yourself. They are for sale online in a number of places.
That's not a bad idea. I will look into it.

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Old 02-11-2015, 11:53 PM   #35
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I do not think ETI will sell a trailer without a furnace installed, I'm sure there are regulations to comply with with RVIA or some other government agency.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:20 AM   #36
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Definitely disappointed with this development. Maybe we don't even want a furnace. The one in our Casita hasn't worked in years, so we use an electric space heater and only camp with hookups in cold weather.
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Bob, since they won't start building your 21 till April, if you really prefer the original location, you could ask ETI to build, plumb and wire as before, leave the original furnace opening, and obtain the Atwood 8012 yourself. They are for sale online in a number of places.
One step further could be to use the original location for another furnace entirely, such as the Propex HS2800 - you could do your own cabinet cutout and shell penetration. A step beyond that would be to not use the cabinets at all, and instead put something like a Propex HS2211 under the floor (like this installation reported in FiberglassRV).

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I do not think ETI will sell a trailer without a furnace installed, I'm sure there are regulations to comply with with RVIA or some other government agency.
I'm sure that the trailer does not need to be equipped with a furnace, but I wonder if a propane line without an appliance on the end might be a problem? It's easy to run a propane line, so having the factory leave it out entirely seems reasonable to me.
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Thank you Brian. These are some very good ideas to work on!
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That's not a bad idea. I will look into it.

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Why can't you ask Escape if you purchase the previous heater yourself and get it to them . Would they put it in orignal location and leave your drawers where they were before ?
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I'd rather have it located on the kitchen side, under the sink pointing towards the bath.
Good idea.
Also, if it fits where they have it in those drawers, I wonder why the benches could not be raised some.
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