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Old 12-31-2015, 10:02 AM   #1
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Running the Furnace while driving?

Hello All, I'm new to RVing, and need to know if its safe to drive the RV with the propane on and the furnace running in cold weather. We have a 1995 Holiday Rambler Endeavour, and the dashboard heater isn't working. We have always traveled up till now with the propane turned off, but the weather is cold now, and I need the heat. Any recommendations or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:05 AM   #2
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In cold weather I always run with it on. Never a problem.
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In cold weather I always run with it on. Never a problem.
Thanks Cooperhawk. I had been afraid to run it thinking that the pilot may go out or something. I couldn't find anything in the Owners Manual regarding this question. I appreciate your response, and wish you Happy Trails on the road!
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Your should find the gas furnace is electronic 12 volt lite, does not have a pilot light. Older water heaters might have pilot lights.

You are likely to find that there are many of us that have never turned off our propane, except to maybe go thru a tunnel along our route.

My propane is always on, so we could use the older coach's propane generator, or furnaces, and of course the gas refer. going down the road.
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Thanks Cooperhawk. I had been afraid to run it thinking that the pilot may go out or something. I couldn't find anything in the Owners Manual regarding this question. I appreciate your response, and wish you Happy Trails on the road!
If the pilot goes out it will block the flow of propane to the furnace. Once in a while the wind will knock it out but it electronically relights right away.
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Just make sure when you pull into a gas station you shut it down so no BOOM from gasoline fumes.
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I did misspeak just a bit as on a modern furnace there is no pilot. It will electronically relight the furnace.
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Thank you very much!
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Thanks again. I bought this last spring, and the only winter trip we've made was to a football playoff game in Dallas last December. We almost froze to death on the way as the Dashboard heat didn't work. We would occasionally pull over and run the furnace for a while to warm up. I don't know how I'm going to tell my wife we could have ran the heater! LOL Thanks to you all!
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I don't know how I'm going to tell my wife we could have ran the heater! LOL Thanks to you all!
Tell her that since you saw her suffering from the cold you did extensive research on the subject and have found a solution. Truth never hurts, it's just how you phrase it.
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Think about this!
We all know that accidents happen to the other guy right?
So sure it's safe to run with the propane on and the furnace going and the water tank running.
After all your not the other guy Right?

I don't run with propane on for the reason that I might be the other guy. Common sense tell me that it is unwise.

But on another thought, would the insurance cover the coach if they knew the propane was on?
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Turn the furnace on.
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This comes up every once is a while. I'd like to see a news report from the last five years where the explosion of a modern retail gas filling station is blamed on the furnace, fridge, or water heater propane system.

It's not because I don't think it has ever happened, but I think that as safety measures get better over time, this issue could be diminishing to the point of insignificance. If someone could find an explosion or fire from a 1995 era RV that wold be poignant to the OP.
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If the use of propane was not safe WHILE in transit I would NOT trust it while stationary and asleep!!!

Their are MORE safety features/devices in an RV propane system then the engine fuel/oil systems and NOBODY thinks twice about using them.

Come on folks ...........think about it.


Only issue and it is minor is IF furnace registers and/or return air flow are blocked/obstructed furnace MIGHT shut down (one of those bulit in safety features)

And should air currents happen to extinguish furnace flame it will shut down, attempt to relight and if unsucessful it will lock out----completely shut down SAFELY
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