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Old 12-07-2017, 11:18 PM   #41
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You know what, thank goodness I only opened one though. I would have never known it was out. But damn that first tank emptied quickly
If you only open one, then you can end up like you did - no heat at an inopportune time.

But if you open both and let the auto regulator swap over, you'd BETTER be checking the regulator often so you know when it swaps and you can get the empty tank filled. If you don't you'll find out both tanks are empty and it will usually be at 3am!
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Lmao. Can I put a gage on it so I know for sure what level both are. Like a digital or analog
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:21 PM   #43
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So tell me, what is that switch for and why was it stuck and now not?
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Are you talking about the switch on the water heater? It turns on the 110VAC heating element so you don't need to use propane.
By the way, that switch is known for failing. If that's the switch you're talking about, it's possible it's STARTING to fail. Keep an eye on it.
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So thereís no way to convert this heater so I can use electric also when Iím plugged up
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:22 PM   #45
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Lmao. Can I put a gage on it so I know for sure what level both are. Like a digital or analog
Here's some info on gauges:

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I have had two different RV's now and both had the propane device that allowed you draw from both tanks or one at at time. I draw from both, but I turn off one of the tanks at the tank. When I wake up cold, I go out and open the other tank. I now know that I need to refill that tank that went dry.

Good luck and replace that awning... Down there you are gonna need shade...
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By the way, that switch is known for failing. If that's the switch you're talking about, it's possible it's STARTING to fail. Keep an eye on it.


Yes thatís it. Ok no problem. Consider it replaced. Damn thanks yíall. Thank yíall so much. So when I take it over to Texas Rv Supply Iíll have them replace that when I have a new awning installed and have them throw two gages on those tanks
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So there’s no way to convert this heater so I can use electric also when I’m plugged up
There are heaters that can be added to your air conditioning unit. They aren't very big and since the blow down from the ceiling, they don't do a lot for your feet.

There are add-on's you can have installed in your gas furnace, but they are somewhat expensive and unless you're handy, would need to be installed by a pro.

Best thing, that most of us do, is buy a cheap 1500 watt heater at Walmart and plug it into one of your 110VAC outlets. Just be aware that if your microwave or water heater are on the same circuit, you can't run them all at once, just one at a time.

I think you have a 5th wheel (was that your unit in the pic with the snow?), so you've probably got 50amp service, meaning your actually have 2 separate 50 amp circuits in your unit, so you COULD actually run two 1500 watt heaters, provided you plugged them into separate circuits. (Figuring that out is another thread! Until then, just use one 1500 watt heater.)
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:30 PM   #50
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:32 PM   #51
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Me too. Iíve got school in the morning.
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There are heaters that can be added to your air conditioning unit. They aren't very big and since the blow down from the ceiling, they don't do a lot for your feet.

There are add-on's you can have installed in your gas furnace, but they are somewhat expensive and unless you're handy, would need to be installed by a pro.

Best thing, that most of us do, is buy a cheap 1500 watt heater at Walmart and plug it into one of your 110VAC outlets. Just be aware that if your microwave or water heater are on the same circuit, you can't run them all at once, just one at a time.

I think you have a 5th wheel (was that your unit in the pic with the snow?), so you've probably got 50amp service, meaning your actually have 2 separate 50 amp circuits in your unit, so you COULD actually run two 1500 watt heaters, provided you plugged them into separate circuits. (Figuring that out is another thread! Until then, just use one 1500 watt heater.)


Yes itís mine. Yea itís 50 amp. I love it, but know nothing about it or any other camper for that matter. I canít wait until I learn all this crap. Iíll enquirer about the 2 separate 50 amp circuits. And find out all this soon enough I guess. You know Iíve been calling and calling ForestRiver and the separate number to Sierra trying to get every schematic on this thing so I know every wire, cord, plug, everything....I just now located the splitters for my satellite, now I can hook all these up, and a couple main disconnects to the power. Click image for larger version

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ID:	157828 the power disconnects were behind a false wall. Ok guys night and thanks again. I can get to sleep with heat.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:23 AM   #53
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Jeff, here a few FAQ threads that may possibly help you. It has some very detailed guides on how to operate your water heater and the propane auto changeover....as well as many other things. I send this to those starting out in the RV life.

Not knowing your RV experience, The below is a copy and paste, and I usually recommend it to those just starting out. Some of it, you may already know, or may not be applicable to your particular RV. You will be able to filter out what pertains to your situation or not. I would suggest you read the electric threads and energy management first, and then the converter thread. This will help explain your different electrical systems of your RV, and how they operate...as well as what the converter does. The very first link will explain what operates off what system.

You can just peruse at your leisure:

Basic electric:

Basic RV Electricity - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

RV Electric

Your very important converter:

RV Converters and Amp Draw - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

Installing a dedicated 30 amp RV outlet at home:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...tml#post231880

Suburban water heater (if applicable to your RV):

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...tml#post327988

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ml#post1527599

Water Heater bypass/crossover valves:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...st-103381.html

And the newest additions to help understand what constitutes a true full cylinder in refilling vs exchanging propane cylinders... as well as how the automatic propane changeover regulator works:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ng-133760.html

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ml#post1649595

Inverters and residential refrigerators in RV's:

http://rveducation101.com/articles/rvinverters.pdf
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:20 AM   #54
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We've talked about the furnace and the water heater in this thread. I'm assuming your "yea It works now" statement is saying your furnace now works, right?



EDIT: OK, I typed too slowly. I see now that your furnace now works. You should probably apologize to it for saying "the damn furnace is not working."


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Lol.
You can relax now, grasshopper, but take heed to what you have learned.

Wmtire has provided a dizzying list of electrical knowledge.

You have gotten schooled as to propane valves and flow.

These are valuable lessons, learn them well.

As a learning lesson, summarize what you have learned. The masters here have given you instructions. Yes. It was a harrowing time for you. But, they have scrambled and asked many questions. You said things are fixed but you have not summarized for them what the problem was.

I gathered.

Furnace not heating.

Steps you took to resolve the problem.

You stated several things but did not specify which step you did that was the AH HA moment.

They need your feed back to ensure they are providing precise feedback to you rather than shotgunning at a problem.
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If you only open one, then you can end up like you did - no heat at an inopportune time.

But if you open both and let the auto regulator swap over, you'd BETTER be checking the regulator often so you know when it swaps and you can get the empty tank filled. If you don't you'll find out both tanks are empty and it will usually be at 3am!
It is so amazing...always...without fail - at 3 a.m. and DW is extremely upset when she gets that cold.
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It is so amazing...always...without fail - at 3 a.m. and DW is extremely upset when she gets that cold.
Yes, 3 AM is a RV Cosmo time. All bad things occur then.

You can set your clocks by it. I even included it in the changeover tutorial. Lol

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...d.php?t=146655
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You can relax now, grasshopper, but take heed to what you have learned.

Wmtire has provided a dizzying list of electrical knowledge.

You have gotten schooled as to propane valves and flow.

These are valuable lessons, learn them well.

As a learning lesson, summarize what you have learned. The masters here have given you instructions. Yes. It was a harrowing time for you. But, they have scrambled and asked many questions. You said things are fixed but you have not summarized for them what the problem was.

I gathered.

Furnace not heating.

Steps you took to resolve the problem.

You stated several things but did not specify which step you did that was the AH HA moment.

They need your feed back to ensure they are providing precise feedback to you rather than shotgunning at a problem.


Oh hell, my bad. So hereís the synopsis, it got very cold here while I was in school in San Antonio and I came ďhomeĒ to a very very cold house. I was trying to light the burners to take the chill out of the air and they wouldnít light. Or they would just barely barely a flame. My first thought was OMG is it that cold that the burners canít light? Ok ok finish snickering.....lol this is my first camper and my very first time Iíve ever had to deal with propane. So to go on, I got all the paperwork for my camper and sat down in front of the fireplace and started reading....and reading.....and reading. I couldnít find anything that was giving me a clue to what I need to do or even go towards. I tried calling my brother in law whoís had a camper and has lived in it working for 10 years. He wasnít answering. So I was like the forums. Someone has to have posted something. I found something. At this time Iíve spent 3-4 hours Searching what could be wrong. The two gentlemen that helped me came on board and went into supermen mode and started questioning me, who, what, when, where. You know they were asking everything they could think of. Great great guys, and I have to say I LOVE these forums. I love learning from them, hearing stories about things other have learned. There is so much knowledge in these forums. So I was telling them everything I had done and I donít remember which one pepped up but one asked are your tanks empty, whenís the last time you filled them. Being Iím so green I thought it was electric or gas. I know I seen a switch that the guy across the road from me said thatís the switch to use electric when your hooked up on electric. I was pretty sure it had an auto switch over so I didnít even think in a million years both tanks would be empty in one week. I donít cook much cause Iím gone. I wouldnít think the heater would use that much propane so I went out and low and behold when I put the tanks back in their cabinets, I put the last of the two in and then turned that one on. I shut the door and opened the underbelly door to start diagnosing the satellite cables. Thatís a whole nother issue. Still doing it. And I had just forgotten about opening the first tank I had put in first. So they schooled me on the switch over and I just need to crack it for about 10 seconds and turn it off and then back on all the way. Then turn the thermostat off and try and light the stove let it go for a bit and get the air out the lines. I was sooo happy to see those huge blue and yellow flames. So they were like ok try the furnace now. And walla heat. My brother in law called me the next day while I was in class. I had told him what had happened and the forum saved me from freezing last night.
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The site team split off this topic/posts from the original thread they were attached to. They were also moved to the General Tech and Repair subforum in order to help future members who may have a similar problem/solution since this is non RV model specific.
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I didn't see the following directly addressed but if it had been disregard this. One reason why you used up propane very quickly is that you were running the water heater on propane. Unlike the furnace which is only propane, the water heater can run on electric OR propane. if you have shore power always best to run water heater on electric. Propane is expensive and a hassle to get tanks refiled.

For heat definitely get an electric heater. Spend no more than $40. on a basic unit at Walmart. Most of us who are NOT boon docking use this. Makes no sense to use propane if possible. Now, here is where the water gets muddy as far as electric heaters. If you are in a very cold climate and it gets below 30 degrees for a day and you want to keep the water supply from freezing you will need to use the propane furnace since it's built to keep the under bely warm thus the water supply too.
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