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Old 05-10-2015, 11:18 PM   #21
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Thanks for the update, Mike.
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Told me that this furnace was encountered in less than 1% of the RVs they service. I said I always wanted to be part of the "one percent".
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:27 AM   #22
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Is there a reason this furnace is preferred by ETI? There are obviously 'new and improved' models. Where do they fall short?
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:55 AM   #23
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Is there a reason this furnace is preferred by ETI? There are obviously 'new and improved' models. Where do they fall short?
That furnace is no longer made. They are onto another model but not to say it is different on the above situation. Don't know.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:59 AM   #24
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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.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:19 AM   #25
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The Atwood Everest Star 8012 is not designed for use with ducts, and therefore can use a lower-power fan..
Yes, this lower-power fan produces a slower airflow, which is why this furnace requires the odd sail switch with the bigger "sail".
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