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Old 11-27-2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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93 Fleetwood Southwind running heat

I have a 1993 fleetwood southwind didnt winterize it.i have it plugged into elextric&will be using a hot rod to keep thw power on but im wondering if you are able to run heat on electric only or does it have to be propane only
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You should post your question in the Fleetwood forum not the National RV forum. However, if you are asking about you furnace it only heats with propane. If you are not connected to shore power the furnace will run down the batteries.

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Ok im new to all this and just learning its my first rv.i know I need to keep it heated or winterize it.i have a hot rod im planning to use and am connected to power.do you know if its safe to run and leave running, the propane through the hot rod in order to have the furnace and heat on to prevent the pipes any chance of freezing as the rv is being used regularly but not lived in right now
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Howdy and welcome! I'm afraid I have no idea what you mean by "hot rod." As long as you are hooked to shore power and have propane, you should be able to run the furnace. Do you know whether or not your bays are heated by the furnace?
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I have no idea.why
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A hot rod is a converter that can power both propane and electric either together or separare whichever u want.but im wondering if I can only heat up my rv w propane is it safe to have or leave on when rv is unoccupied
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Never herd it put that way for me a hot rod is a aftermarket product installed in a gas water heater that runs on gas only to be able to run the water heater on electricity has nothing to do with gas
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A hot rod is a converter that can power both propane and electric either together or separare whichever u want.but im wondering if I can only heat up my rv w propane is it safe to have or leave on when rv is unoccupied
I have never heard of a "hot rod," so I can't comment on that. As far as running your furnace, the controls (thermostat), and blower need electricity to operate, so you will need both sources of power. (Unless you have a heat pump built into one or both or your a/c units...heat pumps are electric only and don't require propane.) It will be safe to run the furnace when the RV is unoccupied; many people set the thermostat to 40 degrees or so to maintain the temp above freezing.

I asked about whether you have heated bays because in some RVs, the heat from the furnace will help protect your water lines, etc. in the wet bay. This might be important since you have not winterized. Depending on how severe the freezing weather is in your area, you might need to take additional steps to avoid freeze damage. Good luck!
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Yeah a hot rod does that but from what I understood from the people who installed it your able to use it to run the electric and save your propane.im still learning its my first rv.how would I be able to tell about the bay doors or if it leads to the wet bay
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OK, it sounds like the "hot rod" is installed in your water heater...which will allow you to heat water with either electricity or gas. So it has nothing to do with heating the coach.

As for your bays being heated, you might contact Fleetwood Customer Service at (800) 322-8216 to see if they can provide info on your coach. Here is a link to the 1993 Southwind owner manual... http://fleetwoodrv.com/partsandservi..._SOUTHWIND.pdf
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Okay Thanks so much for all your help!
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Ok I was right a hot rod is put in the drain plug yes you can save on propane but it is only for water happy late thanksgiving
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your furnace is propane only. You can use an electric space heater on the shore power.
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