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Old 12-11-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Started our Winter camping season, and Very Disappointed in the Heater.
The temperature got down to 30 degrees last night and the camper could not even get to 50 degrees.
It ran all night, noticed only 2 vents on the floor for the heater one by the door to the bottom left as you walk in, and One in the bathroom under the Shower.
The one in the bathroom is useless even with the door open, very little air comes out and not very warm at all. The one at the door blows harder but again not very Hot.
It seems to me that with the Slide out and all three beds out there is no way that the Vent at the door can keep even the middle area Warm, Forget about the bunk in the rear behind the bathroom, No Heat at All.. Freezing!!!
Not Sure if the Heater is working properly or if this is how it's suppose to work.
Seems that 2 vents isn't nearly enough for the trailer.
Any help would be appreciated, as we have a long winter season ahead to camp with the State Parks they have no Electric!!, So no Plug in Heaters!!!
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:32 PM   #2
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Our 233s furnace has worked well for us. I would open up the cupboard where the furnace is located & check to make sure that the vent lines are properly connected & not kinked. At 1st I was surprised that there were only 2 vents.
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:40 PM   #3
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I'm surprised as well that it's not functioning better. The better question is why burn your own gas to heat if youve already paid for an electric site? I only utilize my heater as a supplement to a space heater.

(I camp in a rockwood freedom 2316g)

Save your money and use electricity.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:15 PM   #4
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Fehlhafer, if you read the post, the OP doesn't have electric hookups.

Big2na, the heat source in RVs, is called a furnace. saying heater confuses people who think you have an electric heater.

i see this is your first post, have you read up on how to keep hybrids warm or cool? having 3 tent ends will be hard for a furnace to keep up with if you don't research on how to keep hybrids warm in cold weather.
remember, manufacturers don't recommend hybrids for very cold weather, since they have big holes in them.

using PUGs or solar blankets on top of the canvas ends and Reflectix in the windows or sides, will greatly help the canvas ends retain heat.
we stayed in Yosemite in snow, with low temps and had no electric.
by using PUGs and Reflectix, we kept it very cozy inside.

now, some have done mods to add vents or re-route vents to help direct the heat to the colder areas.
by the way, sounds like you're talking about Calif. state parks, since ours have virtually none with any kind of hookups.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:37 PM   #5
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Sorry missed the last line.
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Hope you have a way to charge he battery. Won't last long with the furnace running all night.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:05 AM   #7
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Looks like I'll have to look into the cover system over the bunks.
The battery isn't a problem as we charge it during the day with a Generator.
I am waiting on a call or email back from Forest River to see if there is a Larger Furnace, and or possibly a Larger Blower..
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The one in the bathroom is useless even with the door open, very little air comes out and not very warm at all. The one at the door blows harder but again not very Hot.
Beside the good advice to use PUGs and other heaters (look up the Olympian Wave catalytic heater) I suggest that you take your trailer into your dealer to have theem look at your low flow issue. I find plenty of heat coming out of both vents. More so from the front vent, but a noticeable amount from the bathroom vent, too.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:08 PM   #9
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I had a chance to pull the cover off of the Furnace today and look at the vent and connections.
The one that goes to the door seems to be about a 4" flexible hose and appears to be flowing freely.
The one that comes off the other side of the furnace to the bathroom is about a 2" flexible hose with a very small outlet under shower for air to flow.
If anyone has a phone number or an email for Forest River I am going to call them and see if I can modify the bathroom side Flex hose and make it the same size as the one at the door ??
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Gregg Rollins is the Roo warranty rep and should be able to direct you.
i think his email is grollins@forestriver.com
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