So I have decided to give up the fight with my Dometic/Attwood. I am looking at the Propex heater. Has anyone installed one of these in their camper? How has it been working out?
I'm leaning towards staying with propane as I really don't want to run a line to my vehicles fuel tank, one less thing to disconnect when I pull the camper off. Plus the benefits of a propane heater in my mind far out way the disadvantages, in this application.
This is a pretty good article on the comparison of the different heater types:
I need to get one ordered as I have a trip upcoming end of next month. Couple questions for those in the know. Camper is a 2017 Hawk slide-in shell converted into a front dinette.
- BTU's? The Dometic is 12,000 BTU's. Propex has two different models. The HS-2000 is 6,500 BTU, 2.1 KW. The larger HS-2800 is 9,500 BTU, 2.8KW. As I see most of the folks installing the diesel heaters are staying in the 2K range I'm thinking the HS 2000 might be adequate? Any thoughts here? I ran a quick and dirty BTU load and its way more than needed.
- Propane hose size? Does anyone know what size thread is used in our campers? 2017 model. BTW no other propane appliances in the camper, just heat.
- Size - the Propex are quite small and from my measurements will fit in the space with tons of room left over.
- Exhaust vent - I'm thinking I can just use the hole that is already there for the Dometic? Maybe modify the current port? I plan on keeping the exterior access cover.
Once I determine the correct size heater and get it ordered and installed I will be posting photos and a full review.