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Old 01-02-2018, 11:25 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2018 vibe 323qbs. This is our first trailer.
Our first trip out the furnace was not working properly. It smelled like it was burning and turning off.
Took back to the dealer. They found crushed duct work in the system which they repaired.
The heater output seems insufficient. There is not much airflow from the vents. It doesnít really get warm in the trailer if itís under 40 outside.
Iíve left the heat run for almost two full days and it was still chilly inside.
Anyone have any experience with heat issues?
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:15 PM   #2
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When running a brand new heater, if will produce a burnt oily smell per the directions from Suburban gas heaters, you must run the heater for at least thirty mins.

If the brunt smell is longer than that, of course shut off and take to the dealer.

Go to where the furnace is at (I believe in front under the bed with access through the front compartment), unhook the main duct and blow air through it with a dry vac (output). If air is coming out of the vents, then you know your heater blower is either weak or defective.

Check the heater intake vents/clearances too. If they are block with anything, that would result in faulty poor performance too.
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Old 01-15-2018, 01:17 AM   #3
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I tried using the heat again today. It’s about 25 here. Trailer never got warm inside
Am I expecting too much when it’s that cold?
My in laws have a different brand trailer which is also slightly smaller and the heat works normally. Heats trailer and cycles off.
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:54 PM   #4
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Ok, how cold is it outside? Are saying 25 degrees outside and your camper is only getting to 40 would be the best I would guesss.
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:58 PM   #5
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Also, might have to see if there is ample venting where the suburban heater is at, my brt in law sees this all the time, not enough space and the heater kicks off as on over heats or doesn't get enough air to it to blow out. In your front, remove the divider by you heater and check the air flow at the vents in your TT, if stronger then move the divider back. Hope that's it
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:26 PM   #6
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It should not be that way. Last week I went in my trailer and it was 42 inside. Turned on heater and went back in 30 minutes later and it was a toasty 70.
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Usually the furnace is located somewhere mid-length in the trailer and blow air forward and rearward.

Looking online, your furnace is way up front under your drivers side bedroom nightstand. It has to supply hot air down the entire length of the trailer via the floor vents. That seems like a long way to have to blow the hot air. I'd think that any kind of obstruction in the vent ducting is going to cause a problem. I'm wondering if the dealer found all of the obstructions??

Also, if the vent ducting isn't insulated, you're losing a lot of heat through the ducting.
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I recently purchased a 2018 vibe 323qbs. This is our first trailer.
Our first trip out the furnace was not working properly. It smelled like it was burning and turning off.
Took back to the dealer. They found crushed duct work in the system which they repaired.
The heater output seems insufficient. There is not much airflow from the vents. It doesnít really get warm in the trailer if itís under 40 outside.
Iíve left the heat run for almost two full days and it was still chilly inside.
Anyone have any experience with heat issues?
When you say "Heater", are you referring to the furnace or the rooftop a/c heat pump? The rooftop heat pump will not work under 40 degrees. You must use the furnace.
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Ok, how cold is it outside? Are saying 25 degrees outside and your camper is only getting to 40 would be the best I would guesss.
OP stated that the heater stopped working when the outside air gets down to 40. Not the camper getting to 40. sounds like the heater is a heat pump. they do not work when outside air is below 40.
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I recently purchased a 2018 vibe 323qbs. This is our first trailer.
Our first trip out the furnace was not working properly. It smelled like it was burning and turning off.
Took back to the dealer. They found crushed duct work in the system which they repaired.
The heater output seems insufficient. There is not much airflow from the vents. It doesnít really get warm in the trailer if itís under 40 outside.
Iíve left the heat run for almost two full days and it was still chilly inside.
Anyone have any experience with heat issues?
What you were smelling is the electric heat strip. New and or dirty. Sounds like a rooftop a/c heat pump.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:18 PM   #11
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Yes it won’t heat when it’s cold outside. It’s at the dealer now we are gong back and forth between them and Forest River.
Hopefully we’ll have a resolution soon.
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We’re just using the furnace. We are new to camping I didn’t know you could use the ac as a heat pump.
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When you say "Heater", are you referring to the furnace or the rooftop a/c heat pump? The rooftop heat pump will not work under 40 degrees. You must use the furnace.
Yes the furnace. Iíve looked at three other campers and they all heat up in about 30. Minutes. They also stay comfortable inside.
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It should not be that way. Last week I went in my trailer and it was 42 inside. Turned on heater and went back in 30 minutes later and it was a toasty 70.
Iíve checked other trailers. They work like yours does
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Weíre just using the furnace. We are new to camping I didnít know you could use the ac as a heat pump.
you can IF it a heat pump design and not a straight A/C. We needed to now we are all on the same page.
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Weíre just using the furnace. We are new to camping I didnít know you could use the ac as a heat pump.
You probably can't use your AC as a heat pump. It has to be built that way and "MOST" people don't have an AC that's built that way.

Same with an AC heat strip. "MOST" people don't have them; although there are more heat strips out there than heat pumps.
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OP stated that the heater stopped working when the outside air gets down to 40. Not the camper getting to 40. sounds like the heater is a heat pump. they do not work when outside air is below 40.
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What you were smelling is the electric heat strip. New and or dirty. Sounds like a rooftop a/c heat pump.
The OP also mentioned in post #1 they were using the FURNACE and found on initial fire-up it had crushed ductwork with low air flow that was supposedly repaired.

Should we have suddenly jumped to the conclusion they are now using a roof top unit with a heat strip?
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It's time we all get on the same page. Heater, furnace, a/c heat pump, heat strips. I was the one to ask whether the op was talking about a furnace or a heat pump because he stated that he had no heat below 40n degrees outside temperature. Some do not know the difference. They use the term heater.

A/C: is just that an Air conditioner on the roof for cooling.
Furnace: Is a Heater for making heat in our units on the floor run by propane.
Heat Pump: is a type of A/C system that uses a reversing valve to make heat
using the A/C compressor.
Heat Strips: are added to the heat pump system to provide heat when the
outside temp goes below 40 degrees. When this comes on, the
compressor will turn off. Heat produced will be made by electric
strips and be minimal. As it is when the heat pump is on. If you
don't have a heat pump system you will not have heat strips.

Some Heat Pump systems will turn off the compressor and turn on
the furnace when the outside air is below 40 degrees.
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There are AC units with heat strips, but no heat pump.

Just for completeness.
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There are AC units with heat strips, but no heat pump.

Just for completeness.
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