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Old 06-06-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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propane question

I am getting ready to take my rv on my first "weekend" trial trip before we head out west later in the summer. My 1999 winnebago adventurere owners manual gives me instructions on how to start my furnace. Do I have to turn off the gas valve every time we leave somewhere and get on the road? If so, then I assume I have to go through that routine each time I need heat? so will the regular engine heater be the only way to warm the rv going down the road? Also, says the engine will heat the water going down the road, will it heat the 6 gallons in the hot water heater or more or less? thanks you so much

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If your refrigerator runs on propane you will need to leave the gas on. You should not need to turn off the gas unless you are fueling, on a ferry boat, or refilling the propane tank as far as I know. Have fun.

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You don't have to turn the LP tank off when you travel. If you leave it on and you have a LP/electric refrigerator, it will operate on propane if set to do so. You can also use the furnace when you travel. I don't because the dash heat does a good job for me.
The engine heat is piped through your water heater so you have 6 gals. available while you travel without using propane
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Our Itasca Suncruiser (sister to the Adventurer) also has a remote heat source from the engine that has outlets undet the bed in the rear. It has a switch to turn this off, or low or high heat. If you have and use it, be sure the heat outlet vents are not covered by blanket overhang or something similar. Our furnace has not worked in years, but this remote heat has been more than enough most of the time. We also carry a couple of cube heaters for colder days. We also run the genny when we travel for A/C or cube heaters, if needed, and for the fridges and medical equipment for our kids.
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The Motoraid will heat the 6-gallons of water but it may or may not be as hot as it would be if you were using the normal electric or gas mode. It's a neat feature as you have hot water to wash your hands at any time, etc.

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The Motoraid will heat the 6-gallons of water but it may or may not be as hot as it would be if you were using the normal electric or gas mode. It's a neat feature as you have hot water to wash your hands at any time, etc.
On ours the water gets to the same temp as the engine coolant at 180+. After we stop we have to be careful not to get scalded for a couple of hours. The dealer accidentally ordered it and I didn't find it till too late to cancel, now that we've lived with it for 11 years I'm glad I didn't.
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You should not need to turn off the gas unless you are fueling, on a ferry boat, or refilling the propane tank as far as I know.
You don't have to turn off the propane when fueling either. However, you DO have to turn off any propane appliances to prevent them from sparking (DSI appliances) or operating their pilot lights. It is sparks and open flames you have to prevent while fueling, not propane itself.

You may be required to turn off the propane tank itself in some tunnels.
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You don't have to turn off the propane when fueling either. However, you DO have to turn off any propane appliances to prevent them from sparking (DSI appliances) or operating their pilot lights. It is sparks and open flames you have to prevent while fueling, not propane itself.

You may be required to turn off the propane tank itself in some tunnels.
Thanks for the clarification. Our Dometic refrigerator has the Temporary Gas Lockout, so that when the fridge is set to "auto", the gas operation is automatically locked out for 15 minutes when the engine is switched off. This will prevent gas operation e.g. when stopping at a refueling station. We always travel with the water heater off, too.
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If your refrigerator runs on propane you will need to leave the gas on. You should not need to turn off the gas unless you are fueling, on a ferry boat, or refilling the propane tank as far as I know. Have fun.

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Plus some tunnels, ie, Chesapeake Bridge Bay Tunnel you must turn off the propane at the tank...check your route to make sure you are in compliance. Some tunnels have a pull over to allow you to turn off your propane tank.
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