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Old 01-04-2015, 10:46 AM   #1
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Newbie with 2015 Flying Cloud wants heat!

Just picked up our 25' Airstream yesterday. I am completely new to this. It's winterized, in the Midwest, and it's 30 degrees and falling this week. Can I turn on the furnace for a week here to pack it up before we head south? I tried turning on propane and turning on the furnace, but that doesn't seem to work. What am I missing here?
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:52 AM   #2
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I guess I was missing time. Works fine with some patience. All ok. It's getting down near 5 degrees here this week. Can I leave propane furnace running to keep it at 50 degrees or so for 10 days without any issue? We are not sleeping in it yet; just packing it up.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:52 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

I have no way of knowing for sure what your heater problem is, but I know you must have 12VDC to the heater (battery charged), and you must have propane to the system (check to see that the stove works).

However, if the furnace never attempts to start, I do know there is an option switch on the control board in the air conditioner that must be set in the right position for the furnace to work. This is on the systems that have one thermostat on the wall to control both systems. Sometimes the factory, or dealer forget to option the board correctly.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:53 AM   #4
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I guess I was missing time. Works fine with some patience. All ok. It's getting down near 5 degrees here this week. Can I leave propane furnace running to keep it at 50 degrees or so for 10 days without any issue? We are not sleeping in it yet; just packing it up.
Yes, but it will use a lot of propane so be aware of that.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:59 AM   #5
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Whoops, you gotta be fast on this forum! Out of date reply below.

Propane tanks turned to on.

Turn on the thermostat.

Set the thermostat mode to Furnace. Set the desired temperature on the thermostat.

At this point, the furnace should fire up automatically. You may have some furnace smell during the first several heating cycles, this is normal.

I assume the dealer went through the process with you at the dealership, and that all was operational at that time?

If you need to heat the trailer for a week before heading south, you might want to put in a space heater to keep the unit warm, assuming that you are hooked up to shore power.

Good luck with it!!
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What does "winterized" actually mean? We have a new one too and live in the desert, which has been freezing this last few days.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:13 PM   #8
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What does "winterized" actually mean? We have a new one too and live in the desert, which has been freezing this last few days.
Winterized means all the water has been drained from all the tanks, lines, and valves, and RV antifreeze has been added to prevent the lines and tanks from freezing and bursting.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:24 PM   #9
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Tin Tin is right on target - 1. Check with the dealer to make sure they pre-tested all systems prior to delivery. 2. I normally get my propane systems stated up for the season by: (a) open the tanks valves; (b) start all the burners on the stove and oven - this gets the propane moving thru the system - leave them running (make sure the exhaust fan over the stove is open and running) You may have to use a long handled lighter rather than the "clicker dial" on the stove; (c) with the hot water heater filled with water, start it with the propane switch (not electric switch) - keep it running; (d) by now propane should be moving well thru the whole system; (e) now go to your control panel for the heat/AC etc. and do what Tin Tin said - set the control to furnace and then set your temperature (it may take several moments to kick in - an hour glass on the monitor panel will indicate a wait time). Heating like this will have a few things to be aware of: (a) if you are not hooked up to shoreline power, your batteries will drain fast (could be as short as a day or so), as they power the blower, which is electric (propane only powers the furnace); (b) keep an eye on the propane tank valve to see if a tank empties (red indicator on valve). The positive about heating your AS like this, is that it will help prevent your tanks from freezing. A space heater will not help with this. Another thing that you should do after the heater starts up, is to set your refrigerator to auto and start it up (without your shoreline power plugged in). Go outside to the vent for the fridge and listen for a clicking sound. Once it goes from clicking, it should go to a "shhhhhh" sound. The refrigerator is now working via propane. Let it run for about 10 minutes to get the system flowing. NEXT - TURN OFF THE STOVE, OVEN, AND HOT WATER HEATER. PLUG BACK IN TO SHORELINE. You should be set to go.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:25 PM   #10
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To trailer……oh yeah welcome to the site

If you plan on winterizing I stress that you must use RV antifreeze (usually pink )

Learn how to drain, Learn how to bypass water heater so you don't end up using 12 gallons of RV antifreeze on just the water heater…needlessly

there is info with instruction on this site

Hover on "forums" next to "portal", and on the bottom right of the blue window, there is a whole section on the topic
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:51 PM   #11
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Gas pressure in a propane tank drops in sub-freezing weather. Make sure your tank(s) are at least half full, or your furnace may not light. Also, the furnace will likely flame out and fail to re-ignite when the propane level drops to 1/4 to 1/3 full. This is normal, and all that is required is to refill the tank(s).

If your Airstream has been sitting for several days with no gas usage, several attempts may be necessary before the propane burners in the refrigerator, furnace and hot water heater will ignite successfully. This is because the air in the system must be purged by propane flowing completely through the all of the lines. Otherwise, you are just trying to ignite air.

For reference, a single 30-pound propane tank that normally lasts an entire warm-weather camping season (or longer) will last only 3-5 days with heavy furnace usage in sub-freezing weather.
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I always run the stove first to purge out all the air before turning on the fridge or furnace.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:20 AM   #13
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Can anyone explain why a propane tank fails to supply gas when 1/4 full and the weather is below freezing? I have experienced this condition. I don't relish filling a 1/4 full tank as our local suppliers charge for a full tank.
I assume the switch over valve switches when the tank pressure drops below its set point. And I also assume that the set point is reached only when all the liquid is expended. So how does the fill level have any impact?
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Think of it like a balloon. Blow it up at room temperature. Take it into a space that is much warmer. The balloon will expand. Take it to a place that is colder, it will contract.
While the propane tank itself does not change volume. The gas inside does. As the gas contracts the pressure drops.
You should find a place to have your tanks filled by weight. They charge by the gallon. Most truck stops and many RV parks use this method. As well as farm supply coops.


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