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Old 04-29-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Furnace recall

I recall reading that some of the older Argosy's had furnaces that were recalled and needed to be replaced.

I replaced mine in my Minuet that I just sold but when shopping for another Argosy, what do I need to look for re: model #'s etc?

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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This furnace is potentially lethal because the rubber crossover tube deteriorates letting carbon monoxide into the coach.

I can't see the recall, but it has to be here.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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If it is a Suburban Furnace, and of the Argosy era, it probably was subject to a recall. Suburban no longer supports any of the parts from those furnaces (all pilot light models) and no longer supports the recall either.

When the recall was done properly, the person doing the work was supposed to place a sticker on the furnace saying that the recall had been done. If it is not there, assume that it has not been done.

The furnaces are all close to 40 years old now, and probably should be replaced on general principles, in my opinion, recall done or not. The combustion chambers tend to rust out leaving a dangerous situation when used.

If you can pull the furnace out, and find a rubber air tube in the back between the combustion fan and the combustion chamber, and it has a RED stripe on it, the recall was done. But the total removal of the furnace is necessary to see that part.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:50 AM   #5
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When I replaced the motor on the heater in my 69 I bought it from PPL and they sold me the parts for the CO issue
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Yes if the upgrade was done the furnace will have a round sticker on it. Somewhere I have have a picture of the sticker, if I find it I will post it. But pulling the furnace out and making sure it's not rusted out and has the red striped rubber hose is your best option.

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How hard are they to replace yourself? I see PPL in Houston currently has them on sale through Friday the 10th.
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They (PPL) have 30,000 btu suburban furnaces for $578. Inland quoted me around $785.

Is this a fairly straight forward swap or a job for a certified RV mechanic?
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If you are good at fabricating, it wouldn't be too tough.

The problem is that they changed the dimensions since the '70s and if yours has the plenum on the floor with the furnace sitting on it, you will have to make something to bring it up to the height of the intake and exhaust holes in your shell.

I say I did mine in spring of 2012, but I had some very good help. Would still be doing it if I was working on it alone.
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