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Old 07-04-2018, 03:29 PM   #1
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If one eliminated the furnace, could an oven be installed in its place? Could the furnace be installed somewhere else in the trailer? I figure we could use a portable electric heater.
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Old 07-04-2018, 03:46 PM   #2
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If one eliminated the furnace, could an oven be installed in its place? Could the furnace be installed somewhere else in the trailer? I figure we could use a portable electric heater.
You would have to take that up with Reace. In my case, I wanted both an oven & a built in microwave - ended up with a 21...
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:08 PM   #3
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I was told No to an oven in a 17. Things change though, so what was true then might not be now.
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You can always get the external propane hook up and get one of these https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-32...Fcm9swodBFII0w
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:15 PM   #5
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You can always get the external propane hook up and get one of these https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-32...Fcm9swodBFII0w


That’s exactly what we did with our 17B.

Then we got the 19 with built in oven. Much better.
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:32 PM   #6
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If one eliminated the furnace, could an oven be installed in its place? Could the furnace be installed somewhere else in the trailer? I figure we could use a portable electric heater.
I was looking at a 17B and was considering eliminating the standard furnace and replacing with extra drawers. I was then considering installing a Propex heater under the front dinette, passenger side. The model number I think was the 2500. It has a similair BTU output as the standard Escape furnace, but is really compact and very quiet. You would need to put a hole in the bottom of the trailer for exhaust and combustion air, but they are a really nifty furnace. They are used extensively in Europe and on boats and in camper vans. I am including the link to the Canadian site, but I know they offices in the U.S. as well. Just a thought.

However I am now thinking more on the lines of the 19, but you never know....
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:21 PM   #7
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A furnace under the front dinette would be rather uncomfortable for the person sitting on that side. Lots of heat at the front and none to the rear.
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:26 PM   #8
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I don't think that would be a problem for the person sitting on the same side as the furnace. The furnace itself is cool to touch on the outside. It is designed to fit in small closets and tight spaces. As for the hot air that it generates, you could run the ducting from the furnace and along the bottom of the closet, with the air either venting near the door, or to the front of the closet
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The front dinette benches are valuable storage space. I think you'd end up with a net loss of space with your plan to create drawers and move the furnace.
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:58 PM   #10
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I don't think that would be a problem for the person sitting on the same side as the furnace. The furnace itself is cool to touch on the outside. It is designed to fit in small closets and tight spaces. As for the hot air that it generates, you could run the ducting from the furnace and along the bottom of the closet, with the air either venting near the door, or to the front of the closet
ducting? every RV furnace I've seen looks something like this, the hot air comes out a grill that's flush with the cabinetry its mounted on... any such ducts would be in your limited floor space.
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:32 PM   #11
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The front dinette benches are valuable storage space. I think you'd end up with a net loss of space with your plan to create drawers and move the furnace.
Yes it is possible that you would lose a bit of overall space, but I don't think much.
The Propex hs2800 IS 4 3/4" HIGH X 5 1/4" WIDE X 16.3" LONG. You don't need any additional space around the furnace. Not sure how much space you gain by getting the two drawers, but I am thinking it would be pretty close to even. The ducting is under 3" in diameter, so running along the bottom of the wardrobe wouldn't be much of an issue for me.
In my plans I was also going to have the 4 person dinette made into a permanent bed, which does require the converter moving under the drivers side of the two person dinette. I would then have big drawers made to fit under the permanent bed.
I guess it all comes down to what kind of storage you need. For me I would like the two extra drawers for all the bits and pieces I like to keep in drawers.
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:39 PM   #12
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ducting? every RV furnace I've seen looks something like this, the hot air comes out a grill that's flush with the cabinetry its mounted on... any such ducts would be in your limited floor space.
Yes the image you show is the typical RV furnace in North America. Europe has quite a few other types that prove very effective. The Propex heaters are becoming more popular in small trailers, camper vans and boats. For boats they have a special fitting for combustion and exhaust air, that goes through the side of the hull. This could also be used in a trailer, depending on where you wanted to mount it.
The ducting would run from under the front passenger seat dinette, through the bottom of the wardrobe and vent either by the door or the front of the wardrobe. It would take up roughly 3" square plus the length you run it.

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I have clear plastic boxes for bits and pieces and they live under the front passenger bench. I take out the one I need ( like a box full of fuses, bulbs, multi meter etc. )
Drawers seem to be a place to lose stuff.
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:44 PM   #14
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:45 PM   #15
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:49 PM   #16
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I have clear plastic boxes for bits and pieces and they live under the front passenger bench. I take out the one I need ( like a box full of fuses, bulbs, multi meter etc. )
Drawers seem to be a place to lose stuff.
Maybe that is where the keys to my Ferrari got lost
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:59 PM   #18
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Wonders never cease. It helps to read the instructions before attempting the job, not a strong suit of mine
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:17 PM   #19
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Well, I've had my 17B for three weeks shy of ten years, and I'm still sorting out what goes where.
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