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Old 06-13-2015, 06:36 PM   #1
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195BH New Owner with a few questions - fridge and pilot lights

Hello all,
We just picked up our FR WW 195BH travel trailer last night. The dealer experience turned out to be a pretty bad one so I have a few questions that didn't get answered. The camper is stored about an hour away and I forgot to bring the manual home so I thought I would reach out here and see what my options are:
  1. Fridge - We were told the camper came with a two way fridge (elec, LP). It did not. It did how ever come with a 110 converter so I can plug the 30 amp plug into a 110 outlet. So the question is: The night before a trip can I plug the camper into the house service with this adapter and cool the fridge down with out any risk of damage to either.
  2. Pilot Lights
    The service mechanic who did our walk through told us to leave the LP on at all times and was pretty vague when asked why. The salesman said to prevent insects from nesting in anything that could be a problem. We turned the LP off when we stored it. We live in South Texas. Any kind of sustained, unsupervised flame is a bad idea, especially since the trailer is on land an hour away from us.

    That being said once the camper arrives at our first destination I will need to turn the LP back on and relight the pilot lights, if I am correct there are three I need to be concerned with:
    1. Water Heater
    2. Furnace
    3. Stove

I found the furnace light and I don't think I'll have any issues relighting that one, any information about locating and relighting the remaining two would be appreciated. I'm sure the information is in the manual, but I won't have access to this for another week and I am just going to obsess over it until I find an answer.
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:46 PM   #2
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We got a dorm room style fridge with ours. I didn't want a 2 way fridge. Something about going down the road with a flame burning...... I plug in the TT, with that adapter, the day before we leave for a trip. The fridge cools down, we load it and it's the last thing I unplug before we leave the house. The furnace and hot water maker both light the pilot lights on-demand. We have to do nothing but turn the valve on at the tank. I do leave it off unless we are set up at the CG. Hope this helps.


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Old 06-13-2015, 11:48 PM   #3
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Oh....and the stove has to be lit by hand. No pilot light. All this info is assuming your TT is like ours. Congrats on the TT.


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Old 06-14-2015, 10:44 AM   #4
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We do the same thing. The day before we plug up the trailer to the house so the fridge will cool down and then put our food in it after its cool. After a three to four hour trip the fridge is still cool. On the lp part we always turn ours off when we are not at a camp ground. When we get to the campground we turn on the stove until it lights with our lighter(it not automatic) and then when its lit we turn on the hot water since the lp lines now have gas in them. If u try and turn in the hit water heater after its been sitting a while it might take a while to light if you dont purge the ljnes first like we do with the stove.
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Oh to answer your other questions the furnace and water heater should have automatic pilot light. All you have to do is turn them on and they will light themselves
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:40 PM   #6
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Great, thank you all for your help. We're booking our first trip now.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:25 AM   #7
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Did the dealer show you where the bypass is for the water heater? My dealer did not and and to make some calls when I was in the middle of the forest. It's behind the panel to the right of the furnace. If it's on bypass it will still fire up only for a minute or two then it will trip the button on the water heater.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:58 AM   #8
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No, in hindsight they really didn't show us much of anything. Thanks for the info.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:20 AM   #9
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What year is your 195bh? If the layout is the same as mine, the panel has 4 square-drive screws and the water lines will pretty much look like the one in this thread:

Newbie trying to figure out hot water heater
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