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Old 12-25-2015, 01:22 PM   #1
1987 29' Airstream 290
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Auxiliary Heat

Does anyone know what the rocker switch on the dash that says "Auxiliary Heat' do? I live in So Cal and don't have a need for much heat, but the buyer of my 87 290 would like to know because he's on his way to Colorado and he will need as much heat as he can get!

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Old 12-25-2015, 03:38 PM   #2
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It controls the aux heater under my couch on my 86 345


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Old 12-26-2015, 01:07 PM   #3
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Your Colorado buyer needs to be aware that with the Aux Heat system, he has at least 20 ft (maybe more depending on Heater location) of heater hose running from engine to Aux Heater location.

If your Airstream has been in warmer climes, good bet Aux Heater hoses have been blocked off.

Just a thought, Derek
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Old 12-27-2015, 05:16 PM   #4
1987 29' Airstream 290
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I'm wondering if there is one on a 290??? All I have under the couch is the water heater and the door bell! Although AS did use standard items on all motor coaches, such as my selector switch has a blender selection and an oven selection of which I have neither. Also has a blender selection! Perhaps the dash is universal and although I have the rocker switch on the dash, I don't really have Aux heat! My dash also has a glo plug light but it's gas! Hummmmmm
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:21 PM   #5
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My '83 310 had a "water in the fuel" and a glow plug light even though it was 454 gas engine powered. The water in the fuel light would come on randomly, and then go off. I never did figure it out.

The auxiliary heat on my 310 was under the front couch and the pipes which supplied the engine coolant to it also did the engine pre heat of the hot water tank, which was next to the heater. Pretty fancy for 32 years ago. The dash switch was labeled aux heat on mine. But a friend's '81 280 with the diesel engine did not have the aux heater, or the hot water pre heat feature. Also no switch for the heater.
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