The Heat is ON!


I’d love to have this truck for a camper!

Hello and welcome to the blog.  I was trying to come up with a catchy title and this song lyric from the movie “Beverly Hills Cop” came to mind.  🙂   “The heat is on!”  (as is the central air conditioning, too)


Time for a new smokestack!

Today the homebase got a new furnace.  The old one was original equipment from 1995.  The previous model had a badly rusted heat exchanger.  The plenum dropped and the furnace, in addition to posing a carbon monoxide risk, was also quite inefficient with some of the heat slipping out and through the smokestack.


Being a geek, I had to take a picture of the “A-coil” that sits in the bottom of the furnace.  Freon passes through it, is cooled, and air blows down vertically.  The chilly air then goes through the floor ducts to cool the trailer.

Many years ago I replaced a furnace but never did one with central air.  It was nice to let the expert handle it this time!


The new furnace is in place and looks awesome.  When I first ran it the trailer quickly became toasty.  The new furnace is rated to put out more heat than the previous model.  The central air is working again and it got a fresh charge this morning.  The cats and I ready for winter!  Speaking of the furballs, they are still outside in the van – a much better place for them so their curiousty didn’t land them in the furnace ducts!

It’s been a great day so far and is going to get better.  In a couple hours I have to go visit the dietician and this time it’s all good news.  The sugars are down more than 2/3, I’ve been exercising, and the weight is down 10 lbs.  Life is great!  It’s going to be nice not to hear any lectures!  On the top right corner of the blog will be posted the latest progress.

That’s it for now.  The new job starts on Monday and I’m excited to be making some good money again!

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.  Safe and happy travels!

Brad, Jesse James, and Jennifer
Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to The Heat is ON!

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    I’m also going to need a new furnace, mine is a 1993 model and makes a racket, plus it runs a few seconds and shuts off then the same cycle until it gets moving and stays on for awhile. My a/c also runs threw this set up and luckily it runs fine.

    Good for you on keeping up your new life style foods and weight control. Keep up the good work Brad!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! Thanks for the encouragement! It’s not fun spending money but it’s good to have something so important be new. I knew the heat exchanger was getting rusty but didn’t realize how bad it was. It’s good to have it all done. Take care. The weather here is 70 and windy… I might have to go do a little camping tonight. 🙂

  2. Laurie Stewart says:

    isn’t it great to get stuff like that done?! I got a new furnace and added central air a couple of years ago and it took up so much less room than the two furnaces that were there ( I live in an old church ). right now i’m wiring my garage and I can’t wait to flip the power on to that! happy trails and keep up the good work. – Laurie

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Laurie! Good luck with the wiring! Yes, one cannot beat the feeling of accomplishment! I also just got done doing the best job of housecleaning since I moved in over 2 years ago… It’s enjoyable – anything where you can really enjoy the fruits of the labor. I can imagine how much you’ll enjoy the garage for many years to come! — VT