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bryan.a.white

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Olympian Heater Install
« on: March 21, 2017, 06:36:05 PM »
Fellow QuickSilver Owners.

We do a lot of the grid boondock camping/fishing/boating in colder weather up here in Washignton State. Regularly in the 20's at night in the spring and the fall. The batteries don't last long with the furnace cycling every and running in cold temps and I HATE generators while sleeping (or any other time for that matter). So I bit the bullet and installed a Camco Olympian Wave 8.

Thought I would share my experiences with the heater install.


Step 1- Found a place to plumb in supply line. This was a tricky step as I found out. The propane manifold located near mid-trailer under the floor seemed optimal as it had a 3/8" NPT plug that I was hoping to remove and tap into. However, it became evident after my point of no return that the supply lines were Locktite glued in place and I couldn't remove the plug in place and had to rebuild the manifold. This involved a lot of fittings and some real thinking about reassembly. The original supply lines were male NPT and changed them to a swivel female for assembly purposes.


Step 2- In order to get this whole thing done I had to cut each of the supply lines and crimp new fittings on each end. I borrowed a crimper and went down to the local hose shop and got the parts. This step was a huge P.I.T.A. Had the plug been removable none of this would have been necessary. I'm not sure why these lines cannot be removed from the factory. Maybe there is something to them coming loose after driving or something, but it would not budge.


Step 3- I plumbed the supply line to the quick disconnect inside. The Camco Wave 8 heater can be mounted or on feet. I wanted to move it around and have a quick disconnect for storage under the front bed. Using a 3/8" Nipple Supply Kit purchased on Amazon, I was able to clamp the nipple to the floor solidly to support the quick disconnect on the inside of the trailer.





Step 4- Plumb supply line to the heater which is 3/8" flare male. I chose a 10' hose to allow me to set the thing anywhere out of the way.

Hope this is helpful to somebody looking to put one of these in. After running it, I couldn't be happier. Seems like less propane consumption and we were comfortable in the low 30's with the unit running on low. Inside temperature hovered around 60 with the furnace cycling once every hour or so.






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Re: Olympian Heater Install
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 09:22:07 PM »
A little heat- propane torch will soften up even the permanent locktite and let you remove the fitting. Too late, I know ;-).

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 11:05:57 AM »
A little heat- propane torch will soften up even the permanent locktite and let you remove the fitting. Too late, I know ;-).

David

I tried that, wouldn't budge. My little heat turned into a little too much and the hoses melted. I tried heat gun to start slow, then went to a propane torch. Nothing doing.
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Re: Olympian Heater Install
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2019, 04:33:15 AM »
Fellow QuickSilver Owners.

We do a lot of the grid boondock camping/fishing/boating in colder weather up here in Washignton State. Regularly in the 20's at night in the spring and the fall. The batteries don't last long with the furnace cycling every and running in cold temps and I HATE generators while sleeping (or any other time for that matter). So I bit the bullet and installed a Camco Olympian Wave 8.

Thought I would share my experiences with the heater install.


Step 1- Found a place to plumb in supply line. This was a tricky step as I found out. The propane manifold located near mid-trailer under the floor seemed optimal as it had a 3/8" NPT plug that I was hoping to remove and tap into. However, it became evident after my point of no return that the supply lines were Locktite glued in place and I couldn't remove the plug in place and had to rebuild the manifold. This involved a lot of fittings and some real thinking about reassembly. The original supply lines were male NPT and changed them to a swivel female for assembly purposes.


Step 2- In order to get this whole thing done I had to cut each of the supply lines and crimp new fittings on each end. I borrowed a crimper and went down to the local hose shop and got the parts. This step was a huge P.I.T.A. Had the plug been removable none of this would have been necessary. I'm not sure why these lines cannot be removed from the factory. Maybe there is something to them coming loose after driving or something, but it would not budge.


Step 3- I plumbed the supply line to the quick disconnect inside. The Camco Wave 8 heater can be mounted or on feet. I wanted to move it around and have a quick disconnect for storage under the front bed. Using a 3/8" Nipple Supply Kit purchased on Amazon, I was able to clamp the nipple to the floor solidly to support the quick disconnect on the inside of the trailer.





Step 4- Plumb supply line to the heater which is 3/8" flare male. I chose a 10' hose to allow me to set the thing anywhere out of the way.

Hope this is helpful to somebody looking to put one of these in. After running it, I couldn't be happier. Seems like less propane consumption and we were comfortable in the low 30's with the unit running on low. Inside temperature hovered around 60 with the furnace cycling once every hour or so.

Thanks for sharing, David!
My two cents - Olympian heaters are advertised as being suitable for both vertical and horizontal installation. However, I've been working on installing an Olympian Wave heater in my trailer and, after mounting it horizontally, couldn't get it to work. Although this contradicts the mounting instructions and everything else I've found online, it appears to be the case since mine works perfectly when mounted vertically. I'm posting this so that others don't spend the fruitless hours I spent troubleshooting my installation.