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Old 01-06-2016, 04:24 PM   #1
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Running furnace while running down the road?

I'm getting ready to leave for Florida, and I'm wondering if anyone else runs their furnace while running down the Interstate? I'll be towing my 5th wheel and I wouldn't do it all day but about an hour before I stop turn it on so that the trailer warms up a bit before I stop for the night.

I'm trying to understand what the difference would be between running my refrigerator on propane and my furnace on propane? Both have DSI.

Any thoughts. Am I just asking for trouble doing this?
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Old 01-06-2016, 04:26 PM   #2
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I keep mine set a tolerable temp so I do not freeze when I stop for a break. Been doing that for 10 years. No problems.
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Old 01-06-2016, 04:40 PM   #3
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The only reason I can think of would be to keep the underbelly (tanks) warm (if you were carrying fresh water or you're not winterized) while traveling in freezing temps. Other that that, the TT would warm up very quickly once at your destination.
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Guess I just do not want to get into a warm bed! LOL

I even thought about trying to rig up the geni to keep the AC going on the road so I do not need to get into a warm bed either... Hmmm
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Guess I just do not want to get into a warm bed! LOL

I even thought about trying to rig up the geni to keep the AC going on the road so I do not need to get into a warm bed either... Hmmm
I have a buddy who has a fifth wheel with built in Genny and he starts his ac about an hour or so out from destination
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I've accidentally ran it a few times. It's kind of nice going into a decently warm camper when you stop. Just make sure you don't have too many registers blocked or it can stop the furnace from working or something.
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:54 PM   #7
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I do all the time. Nice when it's 20 to 30 out and you open the door to a warm camper.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:04 PM   #8
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I have a buddy who has a fifth wheel with built in Genny and he starts his ac about an hour or so out from destination
Yeah the first one should have said getting into a COLD bed.. But I hear that!
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:54 PM   #9
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Buy a heated matress, warms up the bed nicely. Our last TT had one, this one doesn't :-(
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:30 PM   #10
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imo. you are wasting a lot of propane going down the road. None of these units are very air tight and you will loose such a great percent of your heat going down the road. With a slide.... air is sucked in and forced out around the edges. Me.... I would never run my furnace going down the road. The fridge is a completely different animal than the furnace..... fridge... one pilot light in a very enclosed area. Furnace... full burners going and blowing heat/air/Particles.... all over the place. To ME, I will not burn the propane or burn the unit down. There are threads and threads about ok/not ok to 'run the fridge' while filling up with fuel... because of a possible fire hazard. I would really be concerned if a full furnace burner came on while I was fueling. Me... I get to the camp site and then get the heat on.....
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