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Old 02-21-2016, 09:48 PM   #1
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Newbie '75 Argosy owner, heating issues

So I'm 100% new to the travel trailer world. My wife and I bought a 1975 Argosy in solid condition. The furnace seemed to work fine the first couple times out, but now the furnace will kick on and the lights dim and then it peters out and won't kick back on unless I shut if off and turn it back on... and then it still never really heats the space.

This trailer has been retrofitted with solar, and as far as I can tell it is charging okay. The furnace is also newer as is the thermostat. It really seems to be an energy supply problem.

Is this a battery issue? I've only had it a few weeks, so I'll admit to not having tested the battery out yet.

I suspect it's an easy thing, I just don't know what I'm doing quite yet...

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Old 02-21-2016, 10:33 PM   #2
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Sounds like a low battery problem. Could be the battery, or any of the charging components...

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Old 02-21-2016, 10:33 PM   #3
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I would guess you have a 12 volt battery and charger issue and that your batteries are not charged enough to run the furnace properly. So, it may not be the furnace at all.

In addition, if it is the original furnace, it is 41 years old now, and I can only say it needs replacement due to age. The Furnaces installed in the 70's were all subject to recall due to some dangerous issues and at this point could have developed even more problems such as rusted out combustion chambers.

So, electrical problems need to be resolved first, then strongly consider furnace replacement. Even a new furnace will not run properly with bad batteries and converter/charger issues.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:33 AM   #4
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I agree with the low voltage scenario. Plug in to shore power and see if that solves the problem. For safety reasons, furnaces are designed to shut off when they detect low voltage
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Hi Argosy guys and gals,

We tried to get the heating furnace in Harvey our 24ft 1977 Argosy running this weekend for the first time.

We have replaced the gaskets and it fires up, but keeps cutting in and out - as though it is getting an irregular flow of gas or air.

Does anyone know of a simple way to solve it or if not, where we can get a new furnace.

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