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Old 02-18-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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Stupid Noobie Questions :-(

This is my first TT so please take it easy on me. I bought a 1974 Avenger TT this weekend. I have been looking around it and have a few questions.

1. It has a furnace so where is the thermostat?

2. How do they measure the lenght of a TT? Is it toung to rear bumper or an actual enclosure measurement?

Told you these were dumb.. I am sure I will come up with several more as well...
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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Tong to rear bumper
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:51 AM   #3
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I'm not sure there is an industry wide measurement standard for height width or length. Most manufacturers today say the measurements are to the highest, widest or longest standard factory installed component.
Even that isn't all that accurate in that it only includes "standard" items. It doesn't include any optional equipment that might have been ordered.

An example being if it came standard with a roof air conditioner the height measurement would include that component. If the roof air was optional, or there was an option for a larger upgrade the figure wouldn't be accurate. Another example might be a satellite dish. If it was a standard component it would be included in the height measurement, if it was an option it wouldn't be included.

Rather than take a chance we physically measured our motorhome. I dropped a plumb bob from the farthest forward and the farthest rearward component. Made a mark on the drive at those points and measured the distance with a tape measure. I did the same for the widest components.

The toughest (and probably most important) was the height. I climbed on the roof, layed a board across the highest component, then lowered a tape measure to the ground. You would be surprised the difference btween the actual and the published dimensions.
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I cannot help you other than to say that there aren't any stupid questions. Please ask away. You're in good company.
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Generally the model numbers indicate the body length, but not always.

My Sunset Trail 25RB has a total length of 29'. The trailer body is 25', the tongue is about 3 feet and the rear bumper is 12". So you add is up - 25 +3+1=29.

But this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

My Columbus is about 38' long overall - the body is roughly 36'. But the model number is 320, so you'd assume the body was 32. So go figure.
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Total length is 19' 3" from ball to rear bumper. So I guess 19" is what I will call it. As far as the thermostat, I found it. Never thought it would be under the front panel on the furnace. Just figured it would be out in the camper.
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2. How do they measure the lenght of a TT?
The length in the specs is usually from tip to tail = ball coupler in front to back of bumper or spare tire, whichever sticks out behind the most.

But the model number usually includes close to the length of the box, not including hitch and rear bumper. My model 196S box is less than 20", but the specs say the length of the 196S is 22'2".

But most of us when shooting the bull usually refer to the length of the box, so a 24-foot TT would be 24' inside but about 27 to 28' tip to tail
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I'll dis-agree the stupid questions are the ones you think you should ask .. but don't.
But then I guess it's not the questions fault .
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Your unit , being the age that it is may not have an actual furnace , but a space heater; no fan , no duct work; if it is a space heater then the t'stat is behind the grill with the lighting controls.
Can you post a picture or give a model name and number ?
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Your unit , being the age that it is may not have an actual furnace , but a space heater; no fan , no duct work; if it is a space heater then the t'stat is behind the grill with the lighting controls.
Can you post a picture or give a model name and number ?

I think you nailed it. It has no duct work or electric going to it that I can see. There are two knobs, one red for the pilot and one black with numbers on it for the heat setting.
Just a a side note, it doesn't work. The pilot won't light. It kind of tries but doesn't seem to have enough flow. So as soon as the weather breaks, I will tear it apart and try to clean everything and see if that helps.
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Before tearing it apart just try blowing air around the pilot light. It's such a low pressure system that something as small as a cob web can screw up the pilot. A small air tank with a nozzle pointed at the pilot often makes a world of difference. I have also had luck banging it with a pair of pliers. Also, make sure you have all the air bleed out of the lines.
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