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Old 12-30-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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I need a "tip" -- how to turn on my furnace

We have a brand new ( July 2014) FR Wildwood travel trailer. It's 26' with the rear bunk "house." It is permanently sited at a camp site in the San Diego County mountains. We use a generator -- the Honda 2000 "quiet" one.

I guess my DH and I didn't pay great attention when we did the walk-through regarding how to use the heater (furnance?). It was about 105 degrees that day in July out on the RV dealers blacktop so we zoned out on the heating how-to.

Today it was 35 degrees at our trailer and we tried our darnedest to remember.

We had the propane tanks on. We moved the title thermostat needle to 68 degrees. Nothing happened. Our battery (12V) was fully charged. The heater didn't make a sound. No blowers came on either.

Any one have a check-list for how to operate the heater? I'm sure it worked when we bought the trailer (from RV Solutions in San Diego). We just don't know if we missed a step --- is the a pilot light we need to check? We dry dock so we don't use the hot water at all. Not sure if that is relevant to the heater issue.

The owners manual we were given when we did our walk-through do not address how to get the heater to work at all.

Any guidance would be most appreciated.



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Old 12-30-2014, 08:52 PM   #2
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I need a "tip" -- how ti turn on my furnance

I am assuming you also switched it over to heat? Does everything else work on propane (purged the line)?

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Old 12-30-2014, 09:19 PM   #3
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You mean on the thermostat? We could only move the little needle nub from OFF to the desired temperature.

And yes, the stove works great. We don't use the fridge for cooling; we use it as a pantry.

Thank you for your reply.

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Old 12-30-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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Well if you have a good battery, stove is working, thermostat on heat (might take a few minutes to turn on) ............fuses good?
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:34 PM   #5
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You have had it sitting in one place, I would check for spider webs and wasp nests behind the outside cover door.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:56 PM   #6
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Is a newer 12V enough to run the heater? There are 2 blower vents under the sofa; I assume that's why we need the battery -- to blow the non-existent warm air?

We'll check for webs, etc. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:32 PM   #7
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Wait, let's back up a sec: you say you set the needle to the temp you want, but did you switch the selector to "heat?" On the thermostat, there should be some sort of selector that says "AC" or "cool" on one side, and "heat" on the other...yes? Maybe a pic of your thermostat? It shouldn't be that hard.
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:55 PM   #8
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Honestly, I don't remember if there is a "cool" and "warm." My home thermostat has an "off," "cool," ans a "heat" setting. The trailer's thermostat is nothing like my home one.

The ceiling AC oddly has a "heat" setting. The brochure said the heat setting is only to be used for a " morning chill" and very briefly. I turned that on this morning too just in case that was the right heat switch. And nothing happened ... no matter what was "on."

I'll take some photos and post them. And probably call RV Solutions tomorrow to ask them to walk us through the heater steps again. It's a new trailer -- it should all work.

Thanks & HNY to all.


Since the trailer is 40 miles from my home, I'll have to take some photos this weekend.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:10 PM   #9
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I can't imagine a "needle" on a newer trailer/stat. Mine has an on off button. Put it on heat/ auto/au... Low speed if applicable and set the temp to the desired temp.

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Go to and click on "manuals", then next screen click on "forest river camper trailer English 2015", then next screen click on "appliances", and pull down, click on "furnace" and on the right hand side of the screen at the top it says videos. Click on heating and cooling. A short video with a brief show of how to operate the thermostat. Just make sure the fan is set to "AU" or it will turn on the AC fan when the furnace comes on, the AC does not come on, just the fan.

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