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« on: March 28, 2011, 07:54:06 PM »

Is there an off on switch.  Tuned gas on and no heat
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 08:08:34 PM »

on the thermostat, upper right corner
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 08:10:49 PM »

There is on ours.  At the top of the thermostat an on/off switch, it doesn't move easily...
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011, 03:29:06 AM »

Our thermostat on our fleetwood is brown.  The on / off switch is at the top as stated above.  You have to get down and really look for it.  And once you find it, it does not move very easy.  You have  to push it hard. 
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011, 07:45:38 AM »

By thermostat, do you mean the brown fan under the sink.  Where is the thermostat
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2011, 08:37:30 AM »

The air will need to be bled from the propane lines.  I do this by lighting a burner on the stove, and run for a few minutes.  Plus make sure you have power-from the battery or shore power aka "plugged in" 

The brown/tan grate maybe 6"x 12" mounted in a cabinet is the furnace/blower assembly itself. 

Remove the cover by twisting the black tab at the bottom, and lifting off the cover.  Inside will be a little black switch with an "O" and an "I".  O=off  I=on.  Press on the I to rock the switch into on position.  Replace cover.

Then somewhere in your camper is the thermostat itself.  If it is stock, it's probably 3"x3".  It may be mounted under a dinettte seat as was on our Santa Fe, or on another surface in the PUP.  In our Utah, it's located on a cabinet just inside the door.  It is probably recessed in a brown or tan piece of plastic.  Move the switch on top to the on position.  If it is stock, it will move with some difficulty as stated by others.  Then set the temp.  Again, if it is stock, it is not the most precision instrument, and you may want to replace it with a digital model(search other posts for this.)

The blower should kick on, and then the burner will iginite and you'll have heat.  Then when the temp is achieved, the burner will turn off, but the blower will continue for a bit to clear out any propane.  It then cycles on and off as needed.

It may cycle through a few times trying to purge the air.  Hope this helps, and let us know if it works.

Cheers, JC

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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2011, 08:42:49 AM »

Thanks I will try when I get home.  I did not think I could use electricty at the same time.  But that must mean I cannot use the fridge on both.  So, if I hear you right, I must be plugged in for the fan to work?  Does that mean I cannot have heat where there is no electrcity?
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2011, 08:59:42 AM »

If you have a battery, you can run the furnace off of it, but you need to use it sparingly.  We camp w/o power for a week at a time, and can use the furnace, but mostly to take the chill and dampness out of the pup at night and maintain a "comfortable" 56-60 or so, as we are under the sleeping bags/quilts/whatever we may be using.  We also minimize use of the onboard lights as they drain the battery quickly also.  Some have retrofitted LED bulbs in place of the incandescents.  I also carry a second battery for that week just in case it runs low.

For indoor lighting and fans if needed, we carry battery operated units for that week.

I would not run the fridge off of battery, as it will drain in a matter of hours.  Run it off of propane, as I am figuring you have a three way fridge, and it will cool quickly, quietly, and efficiently.

However, if you have shore power, you can run the furnace, fridge, etc all at once.

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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2011, 09:50:11 AM »

So the gas will always run the heater, but the electric and battery will blow it?
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2011, 11:46:43 AM »

You need the gas to produce the heat.  You need battery or shore power to operate the fan. These have nothing to do with the fridge.  That can run on battery or gas or shore power (if it is a 3 way). As was stated above both the heater and fridge will kill a battery fast (fridge faster then the heater). You can run all your gas appliances at the same time, just as you can run all your lights at the same time.
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2011, 12:14:54 PM »

So if you are way up in the mountains, make sure you have gas?  How long can a heater run on 20 gallons of gas?  Do you have to run the fan if the heater is on?
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2011, 08:43:14 PM »

A 20lb tank will run the fridge for quite a long time.  The heater it just depends on how long you run the furnace.  So yes, if you are way up in the mtns, make sure you have enough propane.  Just a guess, but 20 lbs should easily last a week or two at least unless you're running the heat and the stove constantly--others may be able to offer more insight on this.

The fan/blower and the propane burner operate in conjunction with each other.  Without the blower you get no heat.  The blower kicks on to clear out any fumes that may be left from combustion-a safety feature.  The fan/blower also operates a "sail switch" which will allow the furnace to ignite (burn propane to create heat)-it's another safety device.  The fan blows on this switch causing it to move or "sail" if you will.  It then creates a contact that allows the burner to ignite.  If the switch isn't "sailing" there will be no combustion, as there will be no contact from this switch.

The burner ignites, and the fan blows heat.  Once the desired temp is met, the burner kicks off, but the fan will blow a bit more to clear out any fumes from combustion--this is another safety feature.

So in short you need the fan and the propane together- the burner will not work w/o the fan-- that is you can't just run the burner to create heat.

You can operate the fridge (on propane) and the furnace at the same time.  Just as I said though the furnace will drain a battery quickly if not used sparingly.  You'll know if your battery is running low as the propane alarm will start beeping--usually at 3am.

Cheers, JC
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