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Old 09-22-2020, 01:12 PM   #1
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95 Kountry Star ?s and personal update

So 1st and foremost TY to everyone in the forum group who has replied or given input. You are all GREAT. Your posts have helped a rookie out a lot. Hopefully one day I can help back to someone in need on the site. So we go on our 1st trip on Sept 30th for 14 days. My special needs daughter is so excited. South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore and the amazing things the area has to offer. The entire fixing up of the RV has been a experiance to say the least. All issues so far fixed other than problems with my leveling system which we will address when we return from our 1st trip before winter hits in Wis. So 1st question. I have a dual thermostat in my unit. 1 in the kitchen by the fridge and another in the bedroom. The old thermostat is below the one in the kitchen or so I think thats the old one. I think the dual 1 its a after market install. Any clues from anyone? Also does the 95 Kountry star have electric and LP heat? The newer looking thermostat has an option for both. It kicked on during a test but I don't thing the electric portion was working. Only got heat when the LP option was on. If there is electric as a option how long should it take to kick in? If some one knows how this system works please help. Also is there a water pump on and off switch for the internal water and if so where would it be and how does that system work? Lastly Does the LP portion of the water heater have an automatic pilot when used? Unfortunately the seller no longer will help me out with even simple operational questions. As always TY in advance to any fellow members who reply. God bless and stay safe.. JR
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:06 PM   #2
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Mine has four thermostats. One in the bedroom for that AC unit. One in the middle for the front AC unit. I think both are supposed also act like heat pumps and make heat. I only tried one once and wasn't impressed.

Third thermostat (in the middle) works my Fantastic Fan in the kitchen. I had to ask here about that one. Never thought a ventilation fan needed a thermostat but I've grown to like it.

Fourth in the middle is the LP furnace. I wasn't at all sure how it worked or if it needed a pilot light lit first. So I took off the outside cover and poked around. Good thing I did as there was an impressive paper wasp nest in the vent tube. I sussed out that it was self-lighting. I left the cover off because I didn't trust it. Took forever to finally light off that first time but after that it cycled on and off nice as you like. Fan isn't hugely powered but I still like it. Puts a bit of moisture in the coach though so we have to vent that.

My LP water heater works the same way. Make sure there is water in the system and flip the LP switch. Mine also has a switch for it to work on electric only. Would have been lovely if someone had ever labeled the two or made mention of them in the son-called "owner's manual". After the furnace wasp nest I made sure the water heater was clear before trying it. Now that I mention it, I haven't used either in a year and am going camping in a couple of weeks too. So I best give both a looksee.

On my '93 the cabinet door right over the entrance door has switches for the chassic and coach batteries and gauges for the tanks (which don't work). Off to one side is the water pump switch, all by itself. That is labeled but looks like the label will fall off at some point. To use it simply put water in the fresh water tank by turning the fill valve to opposite of "city" water and turn the pump on. Ok first you cross your fingers and pray for no leaks and THEN turn it on. Or that could be just me. I turn of all the faucets to purge air from the system and it's done. Listen for water running. Go look in your wet bay(s) and make sure nothing's going on in there. With all quiet you should hear the pump going BRRRRRMMMMP when you turn on the water. Mine had a leak that was letting pressure off so the pump ran a few seconds every few minutes one time out. Couldn't sleep that way so just turned it off at night. (It was an internal type leak, no water was coming out anywhere.)

I may not know whole bunches about these things, but I can certainly relay info about what dogs have bitten me already.
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All of what you mentioned is the same on mine other than the fan in the kitchen and the 4 thermostats. I have 3. One very old looking one that I thing was replaced by the dual thermostats. One in the bedroom and one above the old one on the kitchen wall near the fridge. My water pump had a leak so I installed a new one along with a new microwave. Microwave was a pain in the a** to say the least. Funny how the guy I bought it from said it all worked yet most didn't. Least I know what has been fixed and feel safer that it has. It seems that I was low in my hot water tank but after all the air was out and tank full my pump now only kicks on when using water. The fridge took about 24 hours to get really cold but I've herd thats normal for that model and age of a fridge/freezer. Last thing is my washer and dryer. I have no idea of how they work. I figure the dryer is propane. The washer says something about opening a valve or something before using so if anyone knows what that is please feel free to chime in. Thanks again GypsyR for all the feedback. Its very helpful.
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Glad I could be some help. My "old looking" thermostat is for the LP gas furnace.

My coach has the empty spot for a washer and dryer which does tempt me but unfortunately I have no experience with any. I might suggest posting in the "RV Systems & Appliances" section for advice on how to run them. Putting the brand name in the thread title should get more on point replies.
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