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Old 04-03-2007, 08:00 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever heard of furnace problems with the International furnace in the '64 Trade Wind? The PO told us the furnace has never been fired on account of the "danger". He had heard it was dangerous to light the furnace.

We'd like to try out the furnace this weekend, but are a bit leary after hearing his comment.

Any advice appreciated.....

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Old 04-03-2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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Whether intuition on his part, or a known problem, I would have it serviced/checked by a qualified tech.
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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I wouldn't light a unit that has been sitting for a year or more, or even THINK about it on a unit like yours that has not been ignited for years! Mine will be just a year when I hit the road in June, but I will be doing a total clean and adjust before I leave, as I do with all of the LP components. Throw in an air conditioner coil cleaning, water tank sanitizing and a few other chores and the 19CCD will be ready to hit the road.

Find a 'qualified' repair shop or mobile RV tech and have the unit cleaned and bench tested for proper operation.

You never know who or what may have taken up residence with-in. .
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:33 PM   #4
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Any known furnace problems

Greetings dnrtheil!

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Has anyone ever heard of furnace problems with the International furnace in the '64 Trade Wind? The PO told us the furnace has never been fired on account of the "danger". He had heard it was dangerous to light the furnace.

We'd like to try out the furnace this weekend, but are a bit leary after hearing his comment.

Any advice appreciated.....

Thanks!
The International Oil Furnace was the first appliance to be replaced in my Overlander. The long-time Airstream dealer who has done all of my systems repairs and maintenance suggested replacement as I would have 1/2 to 2/3 the cost of a new furnace into the inspection and cleaning of the old furnace and would still have a 35-year old furnace (this was several years ago) for which parts are (were) no longer available. I have no regrets about going with a new furnace -- the new furnace is quieter and has automatic ignition -- no more doing headstands to light the pilot (a task that I never enjoyed) -- and takes up far less space in the cabinet under the range. I know that my reason for taking the coach in for inspection eight years ago was the reuptation of the particular model of the furnace in my Overlander for developing carbon monoxide leaks from difficult to identify pin-holes in the heat exchagner.

Good luck with your investigation!

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I replaced mine.

Although it looked pristine, when I turned it over and shook it, about 5 lbs of rust fell out.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:22 PM   #6
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Thanks you all for the information. I'll make sure to pull the furnace for a closer inspection once I have the trailer in my possession. Going to pick it up tomorrow (4-7-07)

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