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Old 12-21-2014, 11:01 AM   #1
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catalytic heater

The furnace fan is insanely loud, has anyone used a catalytic heater? I just purchased a Mr. Heater "Buddy" it says not to use it in campers or tents, any opinions/experiences?

I also ran a burner one time on low when the furnace wouldn't lite, the (very loud) furnace is working OK now.
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:07 AM   #2
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I use a Wave 6 and it does a good job. I crack one window a bit and don't have a problem with the CO detector going off.
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The Buddy Heater I had said safe to use inside tent or trailer. I used in my SUV tent. My spouse uses it now in his pop up truck camper. While the buddy heater has a detector, it is still a good idea to have one on board as well.

I love the heat the on-board furnace puts out - mine isn't noisy but it can get hot pretty fast. Maybe the noise you hear is coming from the fan? (I keep mine on "auto" so noise is greatly reduced)
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We used one for about 4 evenings in our pop up with it placed next to the detector with no issues. Granted, pop ups have lots of little areas for air to come in and out.

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Old 12-21-2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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That's what I thought. The owners manual said no indoor use including tents and campers. Lawyers?
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The Buddy Heater I had said safe to use inside tent or trailer. I used in my SUV tent. My spouse uses it now in his pop up truck camper. While the buddy heater has a detector, it is still a good idea to have one on board as well.

I love the heat the on-board furnace puts out - mine isn't noisy but it can get hot pretty fast. Maybe the noise you hear is coming from the fan? (I keep mine on "auto" so noise is greatly reduced)
Definitely the fan. The fan speed feels like overkill, and sounds like a washroom hand dryer.
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Have you experimented with it on the "auto" mode? If not, you'll probably enjoy the furnace alot more. On "auto" the fan will only come on when temp difference is detected and the speed will vary according to the difference. It will cycle on and off as needed, per the thermostat setting & not continuously blow. Hope this helps?
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I never use the resident furnace. Two ceramic heaters warm our 38FL even during our coldest outings.
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Risk of catalytic converter is depletion of oxygen in an enclosed space. It supposedly will shut down if oxygen gets too low. I think it also has a tip over sensor. I do not think it has a CO sensor, but the trailer does. Keep two opposing windows cracked slightly to let in oxygen and you should be OK.
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I have enjoyed the Buddy heater since 2005. Used in a 34' MH and now in my 2011 Solera class C. It has not had any issues, and is so quiet compared to the blast furnace. I use tin foil to set it on and yes crack a window. The heater adds water vapor to your inside air so your windows will get wet on really cold days and nights. I tapped into my furnace gas line with appropriate fittings and hoses to fuel it.
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