Maybe a dumb question regarding cold weather use...

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  1. RVAcampcouple

    RVAcampcouple New Member

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    Forgive me if this is a dumb question, and I think I know what the answer may be, but I can't seem to confirm it anywhere.

    Girlfriend and I just purchased our NTU Coleman Bayside a few weeks ago and jave a reservation this weekend to have our first close to home overnight test run. It was winterized by the previous owner and I've left it that way because although it was warm when we bought it, it's been cold ever since [:(]. It is supposed to dip below freezing the night we go so I would obviously like to be able to use the furnace, is there a way to do this without dewinterizing the whole system? I'm assuming not, but hoping I'm wrong.

    We do have a small ceramic heater, but I don't want to rely on it because A) it is just a small, inexpensive one and B) we do not have PUG's or any sort of heat retention yet.

    Any advice for the new pup owners would be greatly appreciated!

    On a brighter note, the one problem we found after bringing it home was that the fridge didn't work on AC power. However, after lots of time searching for similar issues had by others, $80 for a new 120v heating element, and 15 minutes of my time to swap it out, it all works!
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    You can run the furnace.

    The only thing you do not want to do is use the water system.
     
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    RVAcampcouple New Member

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    Oh that's great news! I lit it briefly to make sure it worked, but for some reason I thought I had read something about not running it without water in the system because it could damage the hot water tank.

    Thanks for clearing that up so quickly
     
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    giadiep Active Member

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    Furnace and hot water tank are separate units, so ok to run furnace.
     
  5. Antipodes

    Antipodes Call me Paul

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    Maybe you could post a picture of what you think the furnace is? Just to be sure we are on the same page. Don't want you going away and not actually having a furnace and then to cook the water tank!
     
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    RVAcampcouple New Member

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    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Strange message I get trying to view the photos:
    PopUpPortal - Error
    You do not have permission to view media within this album.

    But it sounds to me you're trying to light the water tank and you need water or it can cause damage. But I can't be sure cause I am no longer allowed to see photos; I guess.:(
     
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    Your water heater is separate from the forced air heating system. On the outside, close up the water heater door that is part of the front storage box. Don't light that water heater up until you have water in it. After you de-winterize.

    Your furnace igniter is inside the cabin (behind the louvered cover you circled), and your PuP is new enough to have electronic ignition. Turn on the propane at the tank (on the tongue), then light a stove burner to make sure gas is flowing. Turn off the burner. Then turn the heater thermostat on and set the temp to a high value. You should hear the thermostat click, and the furnace should hopefully fire up. The blower comes on first for 20 or 30 seconds, then you should hear the tick-tick-tick of the burner lighting up (whoosh!). After it warms up for 30 seconds or so you should get warm air blowing.

    Let us know how it goes.
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    And I would recommend getting and using a portable Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector. They can be had for $20 or so.
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member

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    What Fless said! Crank up that furnace and have a great time!
     
  12. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    Fless has it right. Good Luck & Camp On
     
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    Antipodes Call me Paul

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    Yep as everyone else has said. Good job we got on the right track.
    Nothing worse than having a cold trip away.
    You can just make out the furnace exhaust beside/infront of your slideout.
     
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    You're going camping with your girlfriend and you're worried how you're going to keep warm at night? [:)C]
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Welcome from a Northern Virginia and a fellow fleetwood owner. I have the sister to the Bayside.

    Something I want to add to help with heat retention, you can buy reflectix from a home improvement store. You can cut these and put in the Windows. You will have to take them out when folding the camper, but sure helps keep the heat in especially on the bunk ends. Or you can bring along a fleece blanket and string it up like an indoor tent.
     
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    Welcome and congrats!

    One way to make your bed warmer and more comfortable is to add anti-fatigue foam floor tiles under the mattress. This made a huge difference in comfort for me and will add extra insulation underneath.

    Something to keep in mind is that the built-in heater runs on propane. We've found that we don't run ours because, well basically, we're cheap : ). Propane costs money and since we always camp at sites with electric, we just bring our electric heater and it works great.
     
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    bols2Dawall S.W. Ontario

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    and running your furnace a lot will drain your battery fairly quickly . Use a ceramic heater and use your furnace to supplement (keep on low)
     
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    tfischer Well-Known Member

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    Not sure how this comment makes much sense. If you have shore power, to run a ceramic heater, then you should also have unlimited power to run the furnace. If you don't have shore power, then you won't be able to run a ceramic heater.
     
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    bols2Dawall S.W. Ontario

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    LOL , you're right . not sure what the heck I was thinking there
     
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    I once borrowed my neighbor's ceramic heater that ran on a small bottle of propane and D-batteries. Not sure you can still get those, but it was a nice little unit.
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