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Old 11-16-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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My TT furnace stopped working...

I am a new full time RV owner and I live in southern utah, the winter lows are around 31 degrees but here and there we'll have a night that gets down to 22 degrees F...
Our furnace broke down a week ago.. and we're not sure if we should buy a new one and replace it ourselves or just use spaceheaters, open the cabinets where the pipes are and hope that our pipes don't freeze....
The TT is also a four season one, but i'm not sure if that means its four season with the furnace working or not.. Any Advice, I'd love some!
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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How old is the furnace? What's wrong with it? How are you hooked up? 30A, 50A, unlimited power? What trailer is it, how old?

You can easily fix furnaces.
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Thanks for your response, the trailer is trail vision bunk house 32 feet, 2005, I'm not totally sure what's wrong with the furnace, we tried looking at it but it's not the kind that's accessible from the outside , it's underneath the fridge , so I unscrewed the vent and looked inside but from what it sounded like there is a problem with the fan.. It was making funny noises before it completely stopped, when it did work it heated great but then it started sounding like a helicopter was crashing inside our furnace, the heat was coming our alot slower.. We figured we would just have to replace the whole thing... Any ideas??
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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Oh , and we are hooked up at an rv park, not sure what amp it is...
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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Sounds like the electric motor(fan) is on the blink. If you can access it you should be able to remove it and have it tested....or look up a mobile RV repair service to come out and sort the problem out. But it sounds like an easy fix in terms of replacing n electrical component.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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I agree - should be an easy fix. The sound it made before breaking tells you it is the fan motor.

Easy is a relative term here as getting access may not be easy and you will be on the floor doing the work. This, from my experience, the 1st time you do this it will take a few hours. The next time you do this it will take you less than an hour.

It is early winter...if this was March I would tell you to fix it yourself. But in mid Nov. you can try it an if you run into trouble call in a mobile RV repair person.
Having the furnace blower fan working makes the trailer a lot more comfortable.

Good luck.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #7
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If it's a Surburban furnace, you need to pull it out.
If it's an Atwood, it's accessible from the outside.

MANY things on an RV have parts that are replaceable, they are not all throw away units.
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:41 PM   #8
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It might come out through the vent hole under the fridge. Mine does.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
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Tcecil,
Power cord to pedestal will have 4 prongs for 50amp, 3 for 30 amp. I am guessing you have 30amp.
You can use space heaters for comfort, but with 30amp, you can't have one running and use the microwave or a blowdryer, if on the same breaker. You can use 2 heaters, but they need to be on separate circuits, and you won't know that til you check which plugs are on which breakers.
We find it more comfortable to get most of our warmth from space heaters, and only use the furnace when really cold.
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