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Old 08-08-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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Broken Furnace? Alarms!

three weeks ago, when we went out the first time with the new AFrame, I fired up the furnace one morning to take the edge off. After running for a few mins, the CO/Smoke detector went off. I quickly vented and shut everything down.

My hope was it was just maybe some dust/oil burning off a brand-new furnace unit.

I finally got around to following up this morning (was waiting for a cool day). This morning I fired up the furnace in Camp Driveway with all the windows and vents closed up and puttered around in the garage. In about 10-15 minutes, I got an alarm going off and this time it was the propane detector.

I'm assuming one shouldn't have to run the furnace with the windows/vent open, right? I'm guessing I've either got a bum furnace or something else bad going on.

Anything you can think of that I should do, other than contact the dealer for a look-see?
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...I finally got around to following up this morning (was waiting for a cool day). This morning I fired up the furnace in Camp Driveway with all the windows and vents closed up and puttered around in the garage. In about 10-15 minutes, I got an alarm going off and this time it was the propane detector.

I'm assuming one shouldn't have to run the furnace with the windows/vent open, right?
I would only fire up a furnace the first time with everything open to dissipate the fumes and let it burn for at least 15-20 minutes with the thermostat turned to max.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #3
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So should we always have a window open when running the furnace? We have friends who live full time in the Class A MH and they won't ever run the furnace while they are sleeping. So that just makes me wonder if we should have a window open for fresh air intake.
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So should we always have a window open when running the furnace? We have friends who live full time in the Class A MH and they won't ever run the furnace while they are sleeping. So that just makes me wonder if we should have a window open for fresh air intake.
I've never opened windows in our campers while furnace is running
The exhaust is vented outside well enough.

New furnaces or ones that haven't been used in awhile sometimes let off a very lite smoke or odor from manufacturing oils and or dust collected on the burner.

Do your friends have co detector's st home ? Bet not . So I'm wondering if they don't run there furnace at home when they sleep ?

You'll be fine
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It's fine. We've never worried about the furnace running with the camper buttoned up. Our ceiling vents are usually open, but thats just for fresh air; not because of any other concern.

First, the recommendation to run it while open is to let the burning-oil smell air out. This happens with any new trailer when you first run the furnace.

Second, you have alarms in case of the off chance there is a leak. Always maintain those as they are lifesavers.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:35 PM   #6
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I've never opened windows in our campers while furnace is running
The exhaust is vented outside well enough.

New furnaces or ones that haven't been used in awhile sometimes let off a very lite smoke or odor from manufacturing oils and or dust collected on the burner.

Do your friends have co detector's st home ? Bet not . So I'm wondering if they don't run there furnace at home when they sleep ?

You'll be fine
Thank you for the information. Our friends thoughts about not running their furnace worried me into thinking we wouldn't be ok. But if we wouldn't be ok, why would RV's have furnaces in them? Appreciate your help!
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Thank you for the information. Our friends thoughts about not running their furnace worried me into thinking we wouldn't be ok. But if we wouldn't be ok, why would RV's have furnaces in them? Appreciate your help!
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It's fine. We've never worried about the furnace running with the camper buttoned up. Our ceiling vents are usually open, but thats just for fresh air; not because of any other concern.

First, the recommendation to run it while open is to let the burning-oil smell air out. This happens with any new trailer when you first run the furnace.

Second, you have alarms in case of the off chance there is a leak. Always maintain those as they are lifesavers.
We did notice the burning oil smell when we tested it in our driveway. We'll open up the first time we use it. Great idea!

The alarms do give me some peace of mind. I need to read about them so we can maintain them correctly.

Thanks for your help. We've learned sooooo much reading the forums!!
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Thanks for bringing this up. I had forgotten to burn ours in, will open all the windows and roof vents tomorrow and turn it on. Hate to get to FL and have to use it and get smoked out.
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I also agree that burning off the oil and such is a good idea on a new camper. When I went to pick our camper and go through the walk through, the sevice tech actually had the furnace running and burned off the oil before we went through it. Was surprised to see that but was glad he did it, one less thing for me to do.
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