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Old 09-24-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Down the road with heat/cool on ?

Newbie here ! Is it possible/suggested to go down the road with the heating or cooling systems running? We are off on our 1st trip with a 2007 classic limited we bought used. There may be times it would be nice to arrive with unit already cool or warm. Thank you for your thoughts and suggestions...
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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You can only run the furnace. The A/C is 110 volt 30 amps. You don't want the fans opened when traveling because the lid will blow off.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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I would be a little hesitant running the furnance going down the road. I would ask the manufacture if it is safe to run while moving. Folks run the fridge all the time.

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Newer Airstream electronic furnace or fridge ignition has not shown the tendency to wind-extinguish like I've heard about on older units.

Picture this: Mid-October 2005 -- we had to travel to a wedding one state over (Fond du Lac if I must say). The morning we were to leave, snow pellets were falling and the forecast was for afternoon temps dropping to 15-16 F. We've traveled with the furnace running this once. I set the thermostat for 65 - and boy, was that a mistake! A five hour drive later I'd emptied a full 30# propane tank.

Wind chill on the coach must have created great difficulty holding the interior temp that warm. Were I to do this again, I'd have a 'dumb' thermometer on the floor near the plumbing with lower cabinet doors open. For at least the first part of the trip, I'd stop fairly frequently to establish that floor temps were kept above freezing. I can't say if 40, 45 or 50 thermostat settings would establish this. I wouldn't worry about interior coach comfort as long as floor temps were above freezing.

Knew someone who traveled in 5 temps. Their dump valves froze solid.

You takes your chances. I can accept no responsibility for what you should thoroughly check out before you attempt traveling in sub-freezing temps routinely.

On earlier trips I have traveled with an air compressor if I couldn't control all factors. There is a lot more involved than we can cover in one post.

What are your plans?
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This incident from S.C. this week evidently was not a fridge. Could have been wheel bearings. Or could have been furnace or HW heater (not exactly familiar what is in that location on that year/model). But I can imagine no practical reason why anyone in South Carolina would have been running their furnace or HW heater.

Multiple posts have been made pointing out inherent dangers about running with propane open -- usually to address keeping the fridge cold. This does create a risk of higher level of complications if something goes wrong. Gather the broadest info that you can and make your individual decision on what you want to do in this regard.
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Could have forgotten to turn the water heater off. Jim
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This incident from S.C. this week evidently was not a fridge. Could have been wheel bearings. Or could have been furnace or HW heater (not exactly familiar what is in that location on that year/model).
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Could have forgotten to turn the water heater off. Jim
Furnace is further forward, and the water heater is on the opposite side, in the rear.
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There is some risk, but we have towed our Airstream (and our previous Casita) many times in freezing weather with the furnace set to 50. Do ensure that all propane burners (fridge, hot water, furnace) are off before pulling in for refueling! In very hot weather, we routinely tow with the roof vents open and only once had a problem - we forgot, and took on a long stretch of gravel road. The interior was a dusty mess!
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:45 AM   #9
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I keep my fridge going while towing, never had an incident. Cold weather is another story, keep your hair drier handy to thaw out the dump valves.
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Only takes a short time to cool or heat the inside of our SS. But then it's only 22'.
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