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Old 11-12-2003, 07:04 AM   #1
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Furnace safety

We plan to use our 71 Safari this winter and wondered what is the best way to be sure the furnace is safe. Don't want to wake up dead.
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Old 11-12-2003, 07:29 AM   #2
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Carbon monoxide detector

I use a Carbon monoxide detector, and obviously a smoke detector but i also open one of the roof vents to ensure there is always fresh oxygenated air getting in via negative pressure.
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DO NOT USE THE FURNACE!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are a new owner, then you will not know the history of that furnace.

There is a "RECALL" on that vintage furnace.

The furnace must be removed and bench tested. At the same time, you can determine if the safety recall has been complied with.

The recall involved replacement of the "crossover" rubber hose.

If that hose is cracked or not secure, you "WILL" get carbon monoxide" in the trailer.

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Old 11-12-2003, 10:20 AM   #4
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In theory the common NT30 furnace picks up all combustion air outside. However, I too feel that a space as small as an Airstream needs some fresh air. Rather than open the large roof vent, I open the bathroom vent in my '85 Sovereign. Subjectively, it seems to provide enough fresh air for the two of us.

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i am with you

i also open the roof vent in the bathroom. not sure what Andy is referrring to abou the rubber hose.
Andy, can you give a little more detail for us owners that plan on using there trailers all winter, what are we looking for?. i certainly am not willing to take a 30+ furnace out to be tested, at that point i might as well buy a new one??

Any details would be greatly appreciated, as stated b4 noone here wants to wake up dead.
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Old 11-12-2003, 10:43 AM   #6
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Andy,

When we bought our 69 Overlander, my husband took the furnace out and totally cleaned it. It was full of soot, dirt dobbers nest and he put a screen over the outside. He is in the boiler and burner business, so he knew what he was doing.

We also have a Carbon Monoxide tester. Was the 69 included in this recall?

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Furnace problem?

Do a search on 'furnace recall' for a post by NewStreamer in December '02, for more info on the rubber crossover tube.
Sounds dangerous. Thanks Andy and NewStreamer.
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rubber cross over tube

i am understanding this correctly that this crossover tube is a large hose that is connected directly to the intake / exhaust grate on the side of my trailer directly behind the door?
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Andy,
I thank you, my children thank you as well as my grandchildren. We won't use the furnace until I have someone check it out. We'll use our small electric heater until then if we have electricity available and sleeping bags if not. I always leave a vent open anyway.
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Furnace safety again

Andy,
I checked our furnace and it is a Model # NT22A, Ser. # 63397. There is a copper line that crosses over the top of the furnace from left at the cut-off to down the right side. Is that line by chance the cross-over line that you referred to? Since it is copper, does that indicate that the rubber line may have been replaced?
Thanks for any help. We still will not use the furnace until I can have a dealer check it out.
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The cross over tube carries the air from the blower to the combustion chamber. It is made of rubber some what like a radiator hose.

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Andy,
Thanks again. It looks like I may live to order some more parts from you.
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Furnace Recall

Andy,
What years and Model number / numbers did this furnace recall cover? I have a 1975 Sovereign and through my owner's manuals I can identify the type/model of furnace I have.
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DO NOT USE THE FURNACE!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are a new owner, then you will not know the history of that furnace.

There is a "RECALL" on that vintage furnace.

The furnace must be removed and bench tested. At the same time, you can determine if the safety recall has been complied with.

The recall involved replacement of the "crossover" rubber hose.

If that hose is cracked or not secure, you "WILL" get carbon monoxide" in the trailer.

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Furnace Recall

All Suburban furnaces used in the 1970 to 1976 model Airstream products are involved with the recall.

There also was a recall for all the 1966 to 1970 model Suburban furnaces as well.

If there is any doubt, and there should be, have someone pull the furnace and check it out.

DO NOT ASSUME that your furnace is ok, unless it has been removed, cleaned, repaired, if necessary, inspected, and then bench tested.

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