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Old 10-06-2020, 11:33 PM   #1
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Rear heater in same area as utilities..bad idea?

Hey everyone!

I just bought a 2003 Thomas. Mid-sized, 9 window, flat-front with engine doghouse next to driver.

Iím starting my demo and Iíd really like to leave the rear heater thatís located by the rear/side wheelchair lift door. My bed will also be landscape style over the heater, with my ďutilitiesĒ underneath the bed on the same side as the side door.

Is it a bad idea to have heat from the heater in the same space as the utilities (water heater, electrical, etc)? Anything that should absolutely NOT be in same space as heater? Would it work to keep it there if I designed a small vent fan to blow heat into main living space? I know that any issue with this would only be while driving, but Iím not interested in removing/relocating the heater AND Iíd like to keep my utilities accessible from the rear side door.


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Old 10-07-2020, 02:24 AM   #2
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You could get away with building an insulated wall between the heater and the utilities. You might want your utilities in their own "closet" anyway.
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Old 10-07-2020, 06:12 AM   #3
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I have not had any issues.
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