Catalytic heaters work well as primary or secondary heat sources in RVs. Catalytic heaters convert low-pressure gas into heat and don’t require dangerously high temperatures to effectively warm your RV’s living space.
Bob Kendall installed a CAT! catalytic heater in both of his RVs: a toy hauler and a fifth wheel trailer.
He added a unique twist to the install though, opting to locate the catalyutic heater in a cabinet door.
Bob vented his 5,000 BTU heater directly to the outside via a flexible hose. He installed a thermostat in the bedroom for remote control and temperature selection.
For safety, the propane line has a shut-off valve and he always opens the ceiling vent just a touch to ensure a smooth flow of fresh air and to reduce condensation. A battery powered carbon monoxide alarm adds an extra element of protection.
When you are running a heater, always put a portable battery powered CO alarm where you are sleeping.
While he didn’t explicitly mention this, it looks like Bob added a couple of extra hinges to the cabinet door to support the heater’s added weight.
An infant safety lock ensures the heavy door stays closed during travel. Visit the following link for more pictures and a complete walk-through of this catalytic heater installation…
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