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Old 05-27-2008, 08:34 AM   #1
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Anyone use an Olympian Wave catalytic heater?

I'm trying to cover all my options for heating my SMB. I've read plenty of articles on these little heaters, and they seem to be VERY popular thanks to their almost perfect efficiency, safety (flameless), small size, and no battery drain. Many RVers swear by them.

I'm considering one because I do like the no battery connection characteristic, and their efficiency. I would think a Wave-3 (up to 3000 BTU) or a Wave-6 (up to 6000 BTU) would be plenty of heating power for a small RV like a SMB....

Does anyone use one of these in their SMB? Where'd you mount it, or did you keep it portable (w/ legs)?

I asked SMB if they would install the extra hose in my SMB for adding one of these heaters, and they wouldn't/couldn't do it (liability reasons I guess). I'm assuming other RV dealers/repair facilities would do it, or I could do it myself, too.

Thoughts? Opinions? Experience w/ one of these?

Thanks in advance!


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Old 05-27-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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I installed one similar to that in one of my vans a few years back. It worked fine, but wasn't anything like the furnace in the SMB. The one I had needed a fan to move the heat around and the heater really didn't heat the air. Just what was in front of it. Also, the grill on the unit gets HOT! Don't brush up against it! We feel the furnace we now have it the best part of the SMB. No way we'd go back to what we had before.
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