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Old 11-04-2013, 10:02 PM   #1
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Last weekend we took out our 2014 21dk and for the first time it was cold enough to warrant using the heater. We were woken up at 11:30 by a blaring smoke alarm. After silencing the alarm, and realizing there was no smoke but a noticeable smell I figured out that it was probably some oil on the inside of the new heater that was burning off. The alarm went off one more time about 30 min later but eventually the smell went away so I think that was it. Has anyone else had this happen?
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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Yup, not me but I've read about it happening to others.
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Think it happens most of the times with a new unit. Have heard it before on the fourm.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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The smell but not the alarm.
I ran all systems at home b4 going camping.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:14 PM   #5
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Yep had it happen last year to us and my DW call the dealer because we tought something was wrong. Ran the heater with windows opened for about two hours until the smell was faint enough that it didn't give the DW a headache.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:38 AM   #6
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this happens when the dealer fails to inform a new owner, during the PDI, that they need to run the furnace with the windows/vents open for awhile, before using it for real.

this was covered in my PDI but i had already read about this needing to be done, during my research before i bought my Roo.
it's mentioned very often on all RV forums.

makes me wonder what else your dealer didn't cover in the PDI.
did they tell you about "seasoning" the tent ends?
did they cover proper closure pocedures for the tent ends?
did they advise how to prevent condensation?
did they advise using a water pressure regulator?
did they show you how to use the electric side of the water heater and not to turn it on unless you had water in the WH?

just to mention a few things that dealers fail to mention to new owners.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:12 AM   #7
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Did not happen to me.
During my PDI the tech installed the battery in the smoke detector. He said they remove the battery because of the smoke created when they first run the furnace, which they had done prior to my arrival.
They conducted their own PDI before I arrived, and apparently took care of any issues they might have found. Because I can't find a single thing wrong anywhere.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:47 AM   #8
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Me too first time out.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:50 AM   #9
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As others have mentioned this is common.
BTW- we found our furnace smells like hot oil or oily metal the 1st time
we use it every year. It's less and less as it gets older but there is still
some smell even now at 5 yr old.

The 1st couple years we tried to remember to burn off the smell with
windows open. It was obnoxious in a closed up trailer fer sure!

Now you know! Happy Camping!
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BTW- we found our furnace smells like hot oil or oily metal the 1st time
we use it every year. It's less and less as it gets older but there is still
some smell even now at 5 yr old.
Same thing happens with my house furnace. Doesn't surprise me AT ALL.
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