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Old 01-08-2017, 08:01 AM   #1
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Furnace Blower Operation.

I'm assuming that the furnace blower operates on 12V and that I can use the furnace without AC power or generator on my 2012 Forester 3011DS!

We are heading out tomorrow (Florida) and I wanted to use the furnace in route.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:12 AM   #2
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Yes, runs on 12 volt. You may need it here in Florida, it's 35 here in Sarasota this morning. Forecast to get warmer during the week. High in the 50's today.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:44 PM   #3
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Thanks. I thought so. We're in Ocala but heading to Lake City tomorrow
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I had 29 this morning in Hudson Florida. Global Warming ha ha.
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I had 29 this morning in Hudson Florida. Global Warming ha ha.

My parents live in Hudson - nice area!

Also have relatives in New Port Richey 🌴🌞


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Yea, nice area. I been here for bout 10 years in this area. 2nd park since I moved here. Nice and quiet till folks from up north come for winter then traffic is more crowded.
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I'm assuming that the furnace blower operates on 12V and that I can use the furnace without AC power or generator on my 2012 Forester 3011DS!

We are heading out tomorrow (Florida) and I wanted to use the furnace in route.
For a while. Furnace blowers are pretty energy hungry.
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I had 29 this morning in Hudson Florida. Global Warming ha ha.
I have had a personal weather station set up for the past 15 years and I've got a lot to say about that comment but I'll just say this.
It is not Global Warming. It is Climate Change.
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I have had a personal weather station set up for the past 15 years and I've got a lot to say about that comment but I'll just say this.
It is not Global Warming. It is Climate Change.
Well I'm sure with your 15 years experience you know a lot more about weather than I do. All I really know is it was cold in central Florida this morning. I just go by the thermometer not my weather station.
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For a while. Furnace blowers are pretty energy hungry.
Actually not too bad in the grand scheme of things. If they are using it while driving they will be fine, the alternator will keep the batteries topped up.

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Well I'm sure with your 15 years experience you know a lot more about weather than I do. All I really know is it was cold in central Florida this morning. I just go by the thermometer not my weather station.
If you have been paying attention over the last several years, colder areas (Alaska) has been getting warmer in winter.
Warmer areas (south eastern states) have been getting colder in winter. Some midwest states (Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana) have been getting warmer winters, cooler summers, drier early summers, wetter later summers and falls.
Overall the average global temperatures have been going up by .5 to 2 degrees every year or two.
Warmer temperatures means the atmosphere can hold more moisture causing more severe storms. Just look at the increase in the number and strength of tornadoes.
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Yes, exactly what we will be doing
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Greenland was once warm. Climate has been changing since the earth was formed - before we even showed up.
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Furnace Blower Operation.

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For a while. Furnace blowers are pretty energy hungry.

Unless OP's unit is different from ours, the battery control center will charge the house batteries from the engine alternator while en route. Ours has a very large engine alternator and I have confirmed with a voltmeter that the engine charges the house batteries. This can be confirmed by taking a house battery voltage reading with the engine and generator off and shore power disconnected. Then start the engine and see the voltage go right up to charging level. So that should run the furnace fine while en route.

PLEASE let's not discuss global climate change issues here. It's not the right forum and online debates of this issue never go anywhere. No one ever changes their view either way. Let's stick to RV discussions.


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And here's the scientific proof of my last post!
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And here's the scientific proof of my last post!

Thought you said this was not the right forum.
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Thought you said this was not the right forum.
Yes, and my last post was proof of that. Also trying to inject a little humor into the situation.
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Ha ha ha , can't stop laughing.
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Success!

Thanks everyone. We did use the furnace all the way to the campsite with no problem. When we arrived and I turned the engine off, the house batteries were fully charged so the alternator charged the chassis and house batteries while running the furnace blower.
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Thanks for the follow up. Good to know!


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