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Old 12-03-2015, 07:38 AM   #1
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House heat questions from a Newbie

We picked up our 2000 Bounder last Saturday from the dealer. So far everything is fine. I did have one question regarding heating of the unit while driving. Is it ok to run the furnace while driving down the road? I am pretty sure the heater for the front will not heat up the entire unit. I am imaging our granddaughter complaining of it being too cold back there.

I appreciate your input and am sure to have other questions along the way.


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Old 12-03-2015, 08:50 AM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2.

Most RVers from colder areas have run the furnace, to maintain comfort while on the road. I've done it in my coach and even, when necessary in my last 5er.

EDIT: The only issue would be traveling , where having propane turned on is not allowed; tunnels and when fueling.

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Old 12-03-2015, 03:28 PM   #3
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Hi Gary! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

I don't see a problem with running the furnace while driving, just as long as you turn it off before fueling!

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Old 12-03-2015, 10:30 PM   #4
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X's2 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ I just got home from getting propane. I used the furnace there and back temps were in the upper 20ties
Your correct about the MH's engine heater at least in our old gal more outside air than the engine can put out warm air.. We also have a heater in the rear that heats off the engine coolant but it's pretty loud.
I believe they were manufactured for use under way one would think. I've also been know to run the genie while underway.

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Old 12-04-2015, 01:21 AM   #5
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In my Bounder the the engine heat is pretty good especially in defrost mode so I run it that way with the windshield fans blowing straight back. It's surprising how much that alone can accomplish. Once into the 20's I will run the furnace. If it's below 20 I will kick in the generator and run two space heaters (very securely situated), this automatically kicks in the cargo bay heaters since they will most likely fall below the 32 degrees they are set to come on at. I have various thermometers and usually everything forward of the bedroom stays about 65, which is fine to me. I have about 8 times done NY to Florida in Jan.-Feb. and all went well even with several snow stops and some temps getting to flirt with zero.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:11 AM   #6
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In the old days the furnace had a pilot which you lit and on those models I'd say no.. Cause if it gets blown out there might not be a proper gas shut off.

on today's DSI furnaces (no pilot light, Direct Spark ignition) there is a flame sensor. If for any reason teh flame fales, it tries to re-start, generally it will try 3 times, and if it fails..

IT locks out and there is no gas flow, no danger.

That said Insurance companies advise to turn off gas at the tank Yes, that is the safest way to travel but the difference is not big enough to warrant the effort in my personal opinion.. Feel free to disagree, i won't defend opinion, and am open to change.
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:22 PM   #7
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I think the genny actually uses less propane than running both furnaces, so I usually run the genny with two electric space heaters.
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I have had both types of furnaces, the pilot style and the DSI. And they both worked very well in the winter going down the road! If the pilot gets blown out for any reason, the thermol couple cuts off the propane supply, so no danger! As the others say, shut off when fueling! Same with the fridge! And the WH, if left on? Don't ask me how I know?
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Old 12-07-2015, 05:33 PM   #9
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I run the furnaces while driving all the time in the winter. Never had a problem.

It's a motor HOME. I like my home, mobile or fixed, to be around 72 degrees.


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