Originally Posted by Klem
Is there a reason this furnace is preferred by ETI? There are obviously 'new and improved' models. Where do they fall short?
The Atwood Everest Star 8012 is not designed for use with ducts, and therefore can use a lower-power fan; it has the lowest electrical power consumption of readily available RV furnaces, about half of other furnaces of similar heat output.
It has been discontinued by Atwood, and so Escape is switching to the newer replacement from Atwood - see Furnace change on Escape 21 a shocker
The specs for the new unit prove that the 'new and improved' model is no more efficent than the old one, and my experience with other new-style Atwood furnaces is that they're no miracles of reliability, so I don't know that they're "improved" at all.
There are efficient, low-power, compact, modern furnaces available... but they are expensive and not normally distributed in North America, so I wouldn't expect Escape or any other RV manufacturer to use them. The Propex line is an example.