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Old 01-29-2013, 09:25 PM   #1
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1987 newmar American star bumper pull

I purchased a 1987 American star bumper pull today. Does anyone possibly have an owners manual you can copy for me? This is my first bumper pull. The guy we bought it from said the oven and heater were never used by him, but he was always told they worked. Just want to be sure how to test them to see if they work. Also, there was not a battery in the battery box, and was wondering what size battery I should get and should I get one? We camp at full electric sites .

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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angelwhorns! I don't have a manual, but Newmar put up all the brochures for their models a couple of years ago, I believe this is the one for your trailer. If it isn't go to this link Click "Access ComNet" and navigate to "Parts and Warranty Reference", "Coach brochures", and then your year and you'll find it.

You should be able to test the oven and heater easily. Have propane in the tank, make sure the valve and any changeover valve is on and toward the filled tank, turn on a burner on the stove first and have a lit lighter or match next to the burner (if it does not have spark type starters). It may take a minute or so for the propane to purge the air in the line but the burner should light. Then you can test the rest of the burners and oven in a similar manner.

The furnace should have a thermostat of some type, turn it up and within a minute the furnace fan should start blowing, shortly after that the gas should turn on and you should start feeling heat from the vents. The furnace will try to light 3 times, then give up and run the fan forever. If you don't get heat after about two minutes it's not working.

Depending on your converter you may need a battery to do any of this testing. Wal*Mart and some auto stores have some group 24 "deep cycle marine" batteries which would be reasonably priced (~$75). Since you are planning on having shore power all the time you don't need a super good battery. I would not recommend these for serious off-grid camping (boondocking) but they will do fine in your application.

There are manuals available for your appliances, try this link.
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I'll second what Luv2go said, and add: If you can, please post some pictures. It would be cool to see.
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Burner won't light

Got another question. I filled propane bottles and have them installed in camper. I tried to turn on the burners and was able to light the pilot lights n the burners but something is wrong that it will not push the flame up to the burner itself. What should I check and what could be wrong with it.
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Check the regulator, they do go bad. Sometimes a simple whack with a hand or hammer handle will free a stuck one. Don't beat on it, though, a simple whack will do.
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