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Old 08-23-2019, 03:28 PM   #1
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Exclamation Furnace Pilot light

I have a 1978 Holiday Ramblette Monitor travel trailor.

I'm trying to figure out how to light the pilot on the furnace. I have opened the furnace area inside the home. However, there are no instructions or an area that resembles anything like the hot water tank pilot area.

There is no outside access to the furnace, just inside.

I don't have the manuel. And from what I have read so far on the forum the manuels don't go into much detail.

I would like to figure this out before winter just incase I need to fire it up.

Any ideas?

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Old 08-23-2019, 05:26 PM   #2
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If I did this right here is the Owners Manual



http://www.irv2.com/forums/attachmen...0&d=1403944752




It appears you have an electronic ignition furnace.
Propane valved in ----system flow established
Thermostat set to temp higher then room temp

Furnace Blower should come on to purge .......(provided you have good 12V DC in trailer)
After purge.......electronic ignition should fire (Big strong sparking) and gas valve opening
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Listen to Old Biscuit, he's 'da man! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. It seems like you have you answer

Enjoy the adventure!
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Old 08-24-2019, 10:29 AM   #5
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Old-Biscuit, thanks for the information. I have read that in the manual that I downloaded. However, I've not been able to locate the the off switch that it is taking about. I don't have outside access to the unit, just inside.

I see where the gas line connects to the furnace. But no switch to adjust it to off, then to pilot and then on.

So any other ideas you may have would be great.
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Old-Biscuit, thanks for the information. I have read that in the manual that I downloaded. However, I've not been able to locate the the off switch that it is taking about. I don't have outside access to the unit, just inside.

I see where the gas line connects to the furnace. But no switch to adjust it to off, then to pilot and then on.

So any other ideas you may have would be great.

Does the unit need to be connected to the battery or can I be connected to the 30 amp power?
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Old-Biscuit, thanks for the information. I have read that in the manual that I downloaded. However, I've not been able to locate the the off switch that it is taking about. I don't have outside access to the unit, just inside.

I see where the gas line connects to the furnace. But no switch to adjust it to off, then to pilot and then on.

So any other ideas you may have would be great.
the switch is somewhere inside you unit. My two trailers had it in the kitchen. Might be with the pump switch. It will have a red light with it. There is no "Pilot on". It's and electronic igniter like your BBQ but it is automatic. Just on and off. It will try for 3 times and quit and the red light will stay on. To try again you must turn it off and then back on. When it lights the red light will go out. Be sure the gas is turned on and you have a good 12 volt source.
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If I did this right here is the Owners Manual



http://www.irv2.com/forums/attachmen...0&d=1403944752

It appears you have an electronic ignition furnace.
Propane valved in ----system flow established
Thermostat set to temp higher then room temp

Furnace Blower should come on to purge .......(provided you have good 12V DC in trailer)
After purge.......electronic ignition should fire (Big strong sparking) and gas valve opening
He may not:

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FURNACE
(Electronic Ignition)
Starting Upó
1. Turn manual valve to "Off" and wait five minutes with blower
running. Set thermostat to "Off."
2. Open manual valve all the way. NEVER operate furnace with
valve in any position except fully open.
3. Set thermostat to desired temperature.
4. Allow 15 seconds for main burner to light.
5. If burner fails to light, set thermostat to "off," wait 15 seconds
and try again.
6. If there's no ignition after three tries, shut down furnace and see
your authorized dealer for technical assistance.
NOTE: For furnaces without electronic ignition, see appliance
manual for start-up procedure.
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What if I am connected only to the 30 amp service, can it still work?
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What if I am connected only to the 30 amp service, can it still work?
It should providing the converter is working and 12V. power is being fed to the furnace.
Do you have the make, model and serial number of the furnace handy?
Is there an exhaust outlet in the outside of the RV for the furnace vent?
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Old 08-24-2019, 11:48 AM   #11
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I don't have that information on the furnace. The furnace does have an exhaust on the outside of my home.
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First off........
Thermostat controls DC to furnace
Propane supplies the fuel for heat


IF you do NOT have what appears to be burner/pilot flame etc then good chance furnace has electronic ignition via DC from Thermostat




Secondly.....
A 1978 vintage will NEED a battery for converter to properly function.
That old of a converter NEEDS a battery to function as load for converter


So.....Good Fully chagred Battery
Propane valved in (light off stove top burners on high to establish propane flow)
Thermostat turned to HEAT and set point higher then room temp


IF furnace has electronic ignition the blower will start then after a purge the ignitor will spark attempting to light the propane


Try that with the front cover off and watch/listen to what does happen






If you could......post a picture of front of furnace with and W/O cover on


Does it look like/similar to either of these
Suburban







Atwood







Coleman
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Resizing the picture the furnace says 'Suburban' above the red and white sticker.
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