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Old 03-15-2014, 01:11 AM   #31
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For those of you using the catalytic heaters, where do you keep them when they are running, especially if you have a dog. And, are there any that can be plumbed in to the trailer gas so one could eliminate those darn disposable bottles?
We used the Mr. Buddy catalytic heater in our pop-up. It worked much better than the furnace which never seemed to work right. We put the heater on the floor and snaked a hose to it from a 1 gallon tank outside. With the pop-up, it wasn't hard to find a space in the tenting for the hose. Not sure what we'll end up doing with our 19' when we get it.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:43 PM   #32
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We used the Mr. Buddy catalytic heater in our pop-up. It worked much better than the furnace which never seemed to work right. We put the heater on the floor and snaked a hose to it from a 1 gallon tank outside. With the pop-up, it wasn't hard to find a space in the tenting for the hose. Not sure what we'll end up doing with our 19' when we get it.

I would think that you would have a problem with moisture using a catalytic heater in an Escape. Using the built in propane heater supplied with the trailer provides you with "dry" heat rather than the "moist" heat from a catalytic one. With the supplied heater the fumes and moisture of combustion are vented to the outside and the heat is provided via a heat exchanger. With the catalytic heater the heat is provided via the process of combustion.

I've found that the heater in the Escape works very well with very little draw on the battery even when camping in the shoulder seasons.

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Old 03-15-2014, 09:16 PM   #33
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For those of you using the catalytic heaters, where do you keep them when they are running, especially if you have a dog. And, are there any that can be plumbed in to the trailer gas so one could eliminate those darn disposable bottles?
I have a portable catalytic heater, but have not used it routinely, so I can't help with placement. A commonly referenced model range which is set up for permanent installation including fuel supply from the trailer's low-pressure propane feed is the widely available Olympian Wave series from Camco; the smallest of them is the Wave 3.

This is not an endorsement - I have serious reservations regarding the use of unvented propane heaters - but at least if you are going to use one, it should not involve running a high-pressure propane hose to a big tank outside.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:22 PM   #34
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We used the Mr. Buddy catalytic heater in our pop-up.
The Big Buddy, Portable Buddy, and Hunting Buddy heaters from Mr. Heater are not of the catalytic type. They are unvented heaters, but use a flame rather than catalytic combustion. The glowing tiles hide the flame, so most people don't realize this. In practice, I don't think it matters much.

These heaters can be set up to run on low-pressure propane from the trailer's regulator, although it is perhaps more common to just run a hose to a remote high-pressure supply.
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