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Old 07-31-2018, 06:09 PM   #1
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Question Aux propane connection inside

As I’m sitting here in my Clam screen shelter purusing the forum and making notes of what I might want to consider in my Escape, it dawns on me that the Olympian Wave heater that is keeping me warm will need a home in the Escape - something like hanging on a low cupboard door or similar location.

The mounting can easily be done after delivery, especially if the build includes its need for support. BUT, unlike my current Aframe trailer, I am not going to want to drill a hole in the floor to run the propane to it. In fact, why not have a low pressure propane port installed during the build, just like the outside one?

Has anyone done this - ie: gotten an aux propane connection inside the trailer?
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:16 PM   #2
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I see no need for something like that at all when you have an onboard furnace already. If your concern is battery draw, it does not take much power, I forget off-hand what the consumption is. It is also a lot quieter than early versions of the furnace in the trailers.

A solar panel will keep up to any battery draw from the furnace too.
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As I’m sitting here in my Clam screen shelter purusing the forum and making notes of what I might want to consider in my Escape, it dawns on me that the Olympian Wave heater that is keeping me warm will need a home in the Escape - something like hanging on a low cupboard door or similar location.

The mounting can easily be done after delivery, especially if the build includes its need for support. BUT, unlike my current Aframe trailer, I am not going to want to drill a hole in the floor to run the propane to it. In fact, why not have a low pressure propane port installed during the build, just like the outside one?

Has anyone done this - ie: gotten an aux propane connection inside the trailer?
Just curious, Escape's come standard with a propane heater installed - why would you want two?
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An inside quick disconnect connection may be against Canadian code regulations. When I asked Casita to leave out their stovetop and just provide a capped propane line there so I could install my own stovetop, they would not do it as it violated Texas code. Same reason they would not leave out their head-banger stove hood - it was required by code if there was a stovetop installed.
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If your concern is battery draw, it does not take much power, I forget off-hand what the consumption is.
2.4 amps for the low amp Atwood model AFSAD12 used in the current Escapes (the Atwood manual only lists the ducted AFSD12 model at 3.4)
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Yeah, that's it!
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Why? Because it is a capability that I currently use.

The furnace may be low draw but ... not NO draw. That 2.4 amp rating could easily double my usual daily draw. I’m retired and camp all year, not just “summer vacation” so even tho I avoid the snow & ice, it can get rather chilly.

The furnace may be relatively efficient but ... in comparison it is a hog and very wasteful. I don’t like my propane $ being blown outside to keep the spiders & such warm.

The furnace may be relatively quiet but ... not silent.

Solar may recharge the battery but it isn’t always shining ... ie: not all my boondocking camping is in the Arizona desert. In fact, my current location where I’m sitting in my Clam shelter with the Wave heater keeping me warm, is surrounded by trees such that: a) there is no way to get satellite reception; b) less than an hour of direct sun anywhere within the site even tho it is huge and private and with a stream going by and at high tide I can hear the waves; and c) as is not at all unusual on the WA coast, this is a very overcast day. Fortunately, this site has power and my little electric heater does the job for free.

The furnace is great when it is really cold, for a fast morning warm up and even to keep it from getting too cold at night when the Wave heater is turned off, and even has a thermostat. But the Wave heater does the lighter maintenance job cheaper without waste, quieter and with no battery drain.

If code doesn’t allow the manufacturer to install an inside port I foresee a custom mod.
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:40 PM   #8
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To put down the responses trying to assist you will find you not getting much help at all.

There is a huge resource of knowledge on here, which covers any situation that you will ever hit. You might do well to pay heed to some of it. Just sayin"......

Not that thinking outside the box is not a good thing either. There have been lots of really cool things done to member's trailers here that are not of the norm, but work very well.
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I find my trailer’s furnace works well , and is fairly efficient and quiet
If I have to choose between an invented propane heater or a few btu’s going out the chimney ,I choose safety and the vented furnace
Good luck with your choice
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As I’m sitting here in my Clam screen shelter purusing the forum and making notes of what I might want to consider in my Escape, it dawns on me that the Olympian Wave heater that is keeping me warm will need a home in the Escape - something like hanging on a low cupboard door or similar location.

The mounting can easily be done after delivery, especially if the build includes its need for support. BUT, unlike my current Aframe trailer, I am not going to want to drill a hole in the floor to run the propane to it. In fact, why not have a low pressure propane port installed during the build, just like the outside one?

Has anyone done this - ie: gotten an aux propane connection inside the trailer?
The Olympian Wave heaters are very nice, and efficient- great choice for boondocking! Do you have the Wave 3, 6, or 8? I suspect the 3 would be sufficient for the small size of the Escapes.

Probably best to contact ETI to see if a propane modification could be made at the build. Let us know what they say if you do as it's a mod I would be interested as well!
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