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Old 11-14-2014, 07:42 AM   #1
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Gas, electric heat, both?

Last night I ran the propane heat because it got below freezing and I needed to warm the basement. This morning I turned off gas and went to electric. It was 34 degrees outside. When I left for work the heat pump was on along with the gas furnace. Is this normal when it is that cold? Thanks , JD
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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I can't speak to your Fleetwood, but in my '02 DutchStar when I select "furnace" it cuts the heat pump function out of the loop. I cannot run the electric heat pumps and propane furnace simultaneously. I have read that there is supposed to be an auto function wherein the system automatically switches from heat pump to furnace when the OAT falls below a certain point, but I haven't encountered that yet.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:58 AM   #3
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Last night I ran the propane heat because it got below freezing and I needed to warm the basement. This morning I turned off gas and went to electric. It was 34 degrees outside. When I left for work the heat pump was on along with the gas furnace. Is this normal when it is that cold? Thanks , JD
I think it depends on how Fleetwood set up the T-Stat. I'm assuming that is "where" you "turned off gas".

On my sig coach, the gas furnace comes on "automatically" even when only the electric is selected, IF the HP can't keep the coach at the desired temp setting. If you have ample electric available, use a fan-forced electric space heater to conserve your propane, especially when cold enough that the HP don't work well.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:32 AM   #4
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edgray. Yes I switched from gas to electric at the thermostat. How do I keep the gas from running,assuming the coach is warm with HP and small electric heater. Plugged into 50amp at the house. Thanks, JD
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On our Bounder, the gas heat will kick in, even if I have the thermostat set to electric, under these conditions:
  • The difference between the thermostat set temp & the air temp is more than 5 degrees
  • It's too cold outside for the heat pumps to operate properly. Ours are good to about 38-40 degrees outside. Anything lower than that, they can't extract enough heat from the outside air to provide heat inside; therefore the gas furnace kicks in.
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you can get a small heater at Walmart for under 20.00 put it in the wet bay and run an extension cord to where the coach is hooked up. it will keep your wet bay warm. Otherwise you will have to use propane heater to keep wetbay warm when below freezing.


I made sure to get a small heater for the wetbay that did not have digital controls. I wanted to make sure in case of a power outage when power came back on the heater would come back on also.
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edgray. Yes I switched from gas to electric at the thermostat. How do I keep the gas from running,assuming the coach is warm with HP and small electric heater. Plugged into 50amp at the house. Thanks, JD
I wish I knew the answer, but IF the coach is warm enough from electric heat sources, what they are does not matter, then the gas furnace should not be coming on. Maybe the T-stat has a stuck contact, or bad board, I really don't know. Sorry.

I guess you could close the gas valve at the propane tank to stop the furnace, or trip the breaker to the furnace blower, if you KNOW you don't want the furnace coming on.
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I think it depends on how Fleetwood set up the T-Stat. I'm assuming that is "where" you "turned off gas".

On my sig coach, the gas furnace comes on "automatically" even when only the electric is selected, IF the HP can't keep the coach at the desired temp setting. If you have ample electric available, use a fan-forced electric space heater to conserve your propane, especially when cold enough that the HP don't work well.

X2! That's the way mine works also! We too use an electric space heater to conserve LP.
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