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Old 12-02-2016, 10:19 AM   #29
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All the propane appliances are safe to run while you are in and around your RV. We have a three way fridge in our unit and we always leave the propane on while running down the highway. Our unit is 22 years old and does not have a pilot light so there is really no possibility of a pilot blowing out like was possible but highly unlikely in the old pilot light versions.

BTW most cube heaters have a fail-safe to off feature if they get knocked over accidentally. The two we carry have this feature and seldom cost any more than the ones who don't have the fail-safe.
Yes, we ran the propane for the fridge in our 35 ft trailer, but now with the RV we run the generator. Propane is off when driving. We have no need for it when driving, because it's not crazy cold here in SC during day.

The heater I purchased is supposed to turn off when knocked over.
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A propane furnace at night is perfectly safe.


When you've heard that they are not, perhaps they were talking about a propane catalytic heater which is altogether different than your RV furnace. Many people think the heaters are unsafe but again, they are not - if you vent them as instructed. We used one for 16 full-timing years. Regardless, that's not what you're talking about.


A free-standing electric small heater can also be dangerous, especially if you keep one next to a bed. We had a friend that the blanket fell on the heater overnight and he awoke to the smoldering smoke-smell. It could have been a tragedy.


Bottom line, yes, your propane furnace is safe. Also, all RVs are required to have a propane detector installed during manufacturing. Yours should be placed near the floor somewhere but it's there.
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Old 12-02-2016, 10:49 AM   #31
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One thing to remember is check the expiration dates on your CO detectors, the sensors have a limited useful life (although they are getting better on the newer one). I am particularly paranoid about CO from furnaces as well as generators. When I was a kid my parents were friends with a couple that died from CO poisoning due to a generator exhaust leak on their boat.
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Old 12-02-2016, 10:52 AM   #32
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Yes, we ran the propane for the fridge in our 35 ft trailer, but now with the RV we run the generator. Propane is off when driving. We have no need for it when driving, because it's not crazy cold here in SC during day.

your not serious? you run your generator while driving just to run the fridge?
WHY?
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Old 12-02-2016, 10:57 AM   #33
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DO you use the water heater on propane?

DO you use the fridge on propane?

Furnace combustion side is separate/isolated from room air side.
Heat from propane goes into/thru a heat exchanger which transfers the heat to the air which then flows inside RV.

Heat exchanger has to fail (ie: crack) in order for combustion products to possibly enter RV.

Can that happen...sure

Can you have a wreck while traveling .....sure
Can you slip/fall on ice....sure
Can you, can you......sure

RV propane appliances are SAFE to use.
RV propane systems/appliances have built in safety devices. More then the fuel system of your RV---but you don't think twice about jumping in it and driving on down the road

Your choice...........
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Old 12-02-2016, 12:27 PM   #34
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Not sure how or why a combo LP/CO detector could possibly work correctly, since LP is heavier than air, and CO is lighter than air. Most RVs made in the past 10-15 years (at least) have both; a CO detector on/near the ceiling (usually in the bedroom area) and an LP detector at floor level (usually in the kitchen area), plus a smoke detector (also at ceiling level, kitchen or living area). As has already been said, it is perfectly safe to run your built-in LP furnace while sleeping.
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Not sure how or why a combo LP/CO detector could possibly work correctly, since LP is heavier than air, and CO is lighter than air. Most RVs made in the past 10-15 years (at least) have both; a CO detector on/near the ceiling (usually in the bedroom area) and an LP detector at floor level (usually in the kitchen area), plus a smoke detector (also at ceiling level, kitchen or living area). As has already been said, it is perfectly safe to run your built-in LP furnace while sleeping.
well they do and that's how my 2008 ABDP is lpg/co all in one at floor level in the hallway
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We dont run our furnace at night because the constant cycling keeps me awake. I get up in the morning a half hour before dw and turn it on. The bonus of this method is the propane savings and its easier on the batteries. The negative of this method is if you have a week bladder you will still want to hold it till morning and any exposed limb outside the covers will get a wee bit chilly
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Old 12-02-2016, 04:28 PM   #37
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Hi all. My husband and I are relatively new to the RV life. We had a 35 foot trailer we purchased in June but decided we ultimately wanted a driveable with our 2 kids (6 and 9 yo) and pup. We traded it in back in September for a 29 ft Thor Ace. We live in coastal SC so we don't deal with a ton of cold weather. We've had mixed recommendations on whether or not it's deemed "safe" to run a propane furnace while sleeping. Obviously with 2 young children, our first priority is safety. We travel for soccer tournaments a lot, and we will be traveling during the cold weather season.

So should we feel comfortable running the propane furnace while sleeping or would you recommend heated blankets, space heater, etc as an alternative? I recently purchased a thermostat controlled cool to the touch space heater. I didn't give the propane furnace much thought until I had several people mention to me they don't run theirs at night. I purchased a CO alarm, but the pamphlet says not to use in the RV. I assume this is due to close proximity to the tank?

So help me out here!
CO alarm, LP Detector, Carbin Dioxide Detector, etc.

Purchase and install a quality unit SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR RVs!!!!!

Do NOT go cheap on this. They also sell dual sensing units. These can potentially be lifesavers!!

With that said, we have been camping in colder weather in our coach for the last 17 years using the LP internal heater confidently.

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stated simply....YES
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I'm assuming the Ace motorhome is newer. Even my 2005 travel trailer had a CO and LP detectors. Our 2013 tt we use a small electric heater when the outside temps are above 40. If the nights are going to be in the 30's, I'll set the propane furnace on maybe 60, to help the electric heater catch up.

All I know is I have a smoke, CO and LP detectors in our RV, which I feel fairly safe with.
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Just keep asking the questions, none of us know it all, except for the couple that do. Sometimes the threads become a presentation of totally different opinions, but a lots of information gets exchanged in the process and we all learn a little more.

Many happy and safe travels, esp with those kids!
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Old 12-02-2016, 06:08 PM   #41
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I usually look at the heat control for a giant red or yellow, government sticker stating " Do not run at Night "

If I don't see one, I run it at night.
You see...twinboat is a perfect example why gov't intervention is so necessary to protect us from things that we have no understanding about. If that sticker wasn't regulated to be there twinboat would probably die. So think about that the next time you're tempted to rip off that 4" yellow warning label off an extension cord or an appliance.
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You see...twinboat is a perfect example why gov't intervention is so necessary to protect us from things that we have no understanding about. If that sticker wasn't regulated to be there twinboat would probably die. So think about that the next time you're tempted to rip off that 4" yellow warning label off an extension cord or an appliance.
I have to cut the tags off the extension and appliance cords. They get in the way of the stacked up outlet adaptors.
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