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Old 03-04-2007, 10:04 PM   #1
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Furnace removal help!

Hi everyone,

I need to remove the furnace in my 1969 Sovereign International 31 foot. The furnace is located below the stove in the cabinet. It needs a major cleaning and inspection. I cannot tell what brand it is. Most all of the tags are unreadable. I was wanting to just take it out and take it into the dealer to be reconditioned. Any help would be helpful to me. The trailer cannot be taken in. It is permanently in a trailer park and besides that I do not have a truck to pull it with at this time. I am very handy with tools. I just want to know what to do so when I tackle the job it will go well. The furnace worked well for 2 years, then, it started having problems with the pilot light going out on its own. Also, at times, there is a grey steam coming from the vents outside. I am just worried about it and want to get it checked. Thanks for the help,

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Old 03-04-2007, 10:31 PM   #2
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Hi Roger,
I'm not sure if your furnace is the same as ours on our 69 Caravel, but we recently removed it. It was the original furnace, and the pipe was pretty rusted. It vented to the outside.

It didn't want to budge, but we sprayed it multiple times with wd40, liquid wrench, etc, then let it sit for several days. After tapping to loosen the joints, we had to insert a pipe diagonally through the outside vent for leverage then put some muscle behind it to loosen it. Once that was free, we removed all the old pipe, and the furnace came out the front.

We had intended to have a new one installed, but we took it to a local RV shop and they convinced us it would be worth cleaning and rebuilding the original one, which is what we did. So far so good.

Hope that helps.
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Old 03-04-2007, 10:38 PM   #3
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Don't forget to remove the bvolt from the outside vent!
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Hi everyone,

After taking the bolt off from the outside and unhooking the gas line, what else do I need to do? Does the electrical need to come out? Just trying to get an idea of the whole process. Thanks for the help,

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Old 03-05-2007, 09:27 PM   #5
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on my furnace the inside is removable there is one screw from the outside in the center of the exhaust vent and two screws going down inside between the fins,unplug the wireing conector and remove the gas pipe.A little wiggle and it slid right out.
hope this works for you

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Old 03-12-2007, 08:49 AM   #6
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yes, that does help. I will give it a try next weekend and see what we get.
One more question. Is any of the parts of the furnace still available? The lighter? Other items that might be required? Thanks for the help.

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Old 03-16-2007, 08:39 PM   #7
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Rodger, I'm about to remove my heater from a 64 Sovereign and found your post. Am I understanding you removed thre heater from the outside of the trailer ? I see your in ponder Tx, I use to live in Jacksboro and now in Midlothian. This is my first AS and Doug
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I haven't even attempted it yet. But, it would come out from the inside.

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