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Old 10-13-2018, 10:20 PM   #1
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Hi, just need some direction here. I have a FR WOLFPUP 16BHS 2018. Bought it about 2 months ago but havenít had a chance to get it out. Currently in Utah so itís starting to get cold. As itís parked in my driveway I thought Iíd test out all the systems. The water heater was already full and everything was ready to go from the dealer. On the furnace there is a on/off switch, I suppose this is electrical on, otherwise youíd use gas. Since Iím plugged in at my house I thought I would flip the switch on, then it started to make hot water. Then I wanted to crank up the furnace, thinking it was electric that didnít work so I opened the gas tank valve, then it took a few time to light as air was purged. It started to get warm, then I noticed a slight haze in the air. I open the hot water heater panel on the outside and the gas is now heating the water, even though the switch is on, and Iím plugged into power at my house. (30Amp to 15amp conversion cable)

So then the smoke alarm is going off, I shut the heater off and clear out the smoke. Then I turn it back on, with the gas still running and the heater gets nice and warm, but here comes the smoke!!

I thought initially it might be burn off from the appliance being new, it did have a slight smell to it, then it seemed to go away.

Why is there smoke? Not sure where itís coming from. I took off the panel under the sink and I was disgusted at the craftsmanship of these trailers. I mean who the hell builds these things? Metal shavings, saw dust, crappy cut outs, hack job repair. They donít even vacuum these after production. Iím certainly going to complain to FR.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:35 PM   #2
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Hi, just need some direction here. I have a FR WOLFPUP 16BHS 2018. Bought it about 2 months ago but havenít had a chance to get it out. Currently in Utah so itís starting to get cold. As itís parked in my driveway I thought Iíd test out all the systems. The water heater was already full and everything was ready to go from the dealer. On the furnace there is a on/off switch, I suppose this is electrical on, otherwise youíd use gas. Since Iím plugged in at my house I thought I would flip the switch on, then it started to make hot water. Then I wanted to crank up the furnace, thinking it was electric that didnít work so I opened the gas tank valve, then it took a few time to light as air was purged. It started to get warm, then I noticed a slight haze in the air. I open the hot water heater panel on the outside and the gas is now heating the water, even though the switch is on, and Iím plugged into power at my house. (30Amp to 15amp conversion cable)

So then the smoke alarm is going off, I shut the heater off and clear out the smoke. Then I turn it back on, with the gas still running and the heater gets nice and warm, but here comes the smoke!!

I thought initially it might be burn off from the appliance being new, it did have a slight smell to it, then it seemed to go away.

Why is there smoke? Not sure where itís coming from. I took off the panel under the sink and I was disgusted at the craftsmanship of these trailers. I mean who the hell builds these things? Metal shavings, saw dust, crappy cut outs, hack job repair. They donít even vacuum these after production. Iím certainly going to complain to FR.
First, apparently you got a lousy PDI/walkthrough from your dealer.
They should have burn off the furnace oils BEFORE you picked it up or told you to do it before using it.
Second, the furnace heats by propane ONLY. The fan and ignition operates on 12v battery power.
The WH might work on electric if it's a 110v and propane WH. Entry level trailers sometimes are propane only
The sawdust/shavings are often found in $200,000 RVs.
You must be new to RV ownership.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:40 PM   #3
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Update- I ran the furnace again and it didn’t smoke, I’m thinking it’s just burn off. I’ll keep watch. I just emailed FR Corporate and sent them pictures.


I need to know why the water heater used gas when I’m plugged in
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Yes first trailer. It was a pretty crummy walk through. They took a week or more to “get it ready” then seemed to run through the walk through fast. I’m sure they didn’t burn off the heater and run the water heater. Clowns!! For sure.

Seems to be a fire hazard having combustables like that right below the heater.
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I need to know why the water heater used gas when Iím plugged in
I tried to explain that WH may be propane ONLY. You need to post the make and model number or look on the WH from the outside hatch, for a rocker switch.
If it's a Suburban, inside switch is for propane and outside switch is for electric.
All depends on make and model number.
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It has the rocker switch outside. It’s electric as it heats water without the gas, for whatever reason the gas was firing while plugged in. It didn’t do it a second time as I heard it working w/out the gas being on
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It has the rocker switch outside. Itís electric as it heats water without the gas, for whatever reason the gas was firing while plugged in. It didnít do it a second time as I heard it working w/out the gas being on
Yes. It is gas and electric operation. BUT you can run both as you seem to be doing. Using both will seed recovery time. I have never used both with no problems. I leave mine on gas as I am seasonal and pay for very expensive electricity.
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Congratulations on your new rig! One thing to be VERY careful of is NEVER, NEVER, NEVER start up your water heater on electric without first making sure your tank is full. It takes a very short time for the electric element to burn out if it isnít surrounded by water.

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The water heater switch that is INSIDE the trailer is for the gas heating function. It does not have to be turned on for the electric heating function to work. In your first picture you can see the electric power cord - it plugs into a wall outlet. Do be aware it uses a lot of power and could overload your 15 amp home circuit if you turn on other appliances such as microwave, A/C, hair dryer, etc.
Unfortunately the hasty behind-the-scene workmanship is common, as is the construction debris.
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Howdy and welcome aboard. This thread link below has lots of useful links for new RV owners like yourself, that helps explains the systems of your RV.


I would suggest reading the electric links, and the Suburban water heater (which you have as seen in your pics) threads first.


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