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  1. Leah p

    Leah p New Member

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    I just bought my first pop up. It's a 1999 Rockwood Freedom. I'm having trouble getting my heating to work when dry camping. The battery and propane are new and the electricity works. The heater blows but doesnt heat up. Am I missing something?
    Thanks
     
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    Does it work when hooked to shore power?
     
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    Yes! Works great on shore power.

    I'm desperate to figure this out!

    I just re-read my original thread, I'm sorry about the misspelling!
     
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    Just because a battery is new doesn't mean it's charged or even good for that matter. If the fan comes on, but the burner fails to ignite while on battery I would start with checking the battery and connections from battery to the converter including the battery connection to the PUP frame. RV furnaces have a sail switch. If you aren't getting enough current from the battery for the fan to blow the switch into position the burner will not ignite. There are a lot of places, including auto parts stores that can test the battery. Can you connect jumper cables from the TV to the PUP battery and try it. A low battery will power pretty much anything else in the PUP, but the burner on the furnace will be the first thing to stop working. Not saying how I know this or how long it took me to figure it out!:lipsrsealed:[:I]
    Next morning I was glad I packed the Buddy Heater.
     
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    Are you sure your Propane is turned on?
     
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    My friend had a battery tester and it seemed fine. Had a 13. I dont really know what that means but he said 13 is a good charge on the battery..
    I can put my charger on it today.

    What else could it be?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Yes
     
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    If it works on shore power, but only the blower works on battery the only things I can think of are low battery or bad connection between battery and furnace. This includes the ground side. If you have a multi-meter compare running voltage at the furnace from shore power to battery power otherwise I'm at a loss without hands on checking.
     
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    How do I get to those connections to test them?
    From underneath? Or take off the heater panel?
     
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    For starters I would figure out what fuse the furnace is connected to and check it there. From the fuse to the furnace nothing changes. The only thing that changes from shore power to battery power is where the power to the fuse is coming from.
     
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    I really appreciate you taking time to chat with me. I'm feeling frustrated and overwhelmed and like I made a bad purchase. I dont want to spend the $100 per hour to have it repaired. That being said, I'm a extreme novice.
    I checked the fuses on the battery and inside the pop up...on what I think is a converter.
    I'm not sure how to even tell how the wires are connected. I think I'm gonna you tube it or ask a friend for help.
     
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    There is a thing called a Sail Switch associated with the fan assembly that sometimes gums up, or if the battery is low, the fan won’t run fast enough to trip it. Here is a link about it:


    Good Luck
     
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    Thank you so much! I'm gonna check it out!
     
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    Make sure the battery is hooked up properly... reversed leads can cause the fan to spin backwards and not trip the sail switch.
     

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