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  • Captbert
    CaptbertRV Repair Club:
    February 3I am somewhat new to RVing and have a question for the group. Just bought a 2004 Newmar Kountry Star, can you run the propane heater while driving down the road? Will the wind blow out the flame?
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    • Captbert
      pokeysRVadventures February 3 No, The wind will blow out the flame.
    • Captbert
      Randy and Tina February 3 I have a HR Endeavor. I've run the furnace while going down the road, with no problems.
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        Randy & Linda B February 3 We had a 2006 Holiday Rambler Admiral that had no problem running the furnace going down the road if we needed it.  But we generally were fine with the dash heater.  Most of the time, we travelled with the propane off.
    • Captbert
      Randy & Linda B February 3 Check your owners manual.  It might have guidance on your question.  I’ve been camping for over 20 years and have heard both sides of this discussion. 
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      John T February 3 Cap, Ive owned all sorts of RV's over 49 years and "SOME" LP Gas forced air furnaces worked fine when driving "OTHERS" DID NOT........HOWEVER, I AM NOT A BELIEVER IN RUNNING THEM WHILE DRIVING, do as you please.......... John T  Elect...  more
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      pokeysRVadventures February 3 Also with the  furnace cycling off may not being able to reignite because of air flow blast .
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      JudyandRoger February 3 I personally don’t run the heater while pulling. I do leave the gas on for the fridge. Some places it may be illegal to have gas on while traveling . But I worry about have the furnace on while driving. Same for water heater.
    • Captbert
      Dan-n-Jo February 3 Unknown, interesting question. We have never used it while traveling, the dash heater usually works fine. We do use the generator occasionally and once used a portable heater because of the cold (-8º). It worked quite well and we were able to secure it fo...  more
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      Mike and Margaret Maxwell February 3 I’ve had no problem running it while driving.
    • Captbert
      B and B February 3 Well, I never travel with the propane on so I've never used the furnace.  However, if you have rooftop AC with a heat pump and the temperature is above 40 degrees, then run your generator while traveling and run your heat pump.  The generator needs to be ...  more
    • Captbert
      Pablo and Carmen F. February 3 Yes you can, however, I will strongly advise you and all fellow RVers to never travel with the propane valve open. A tire blowout, an accident, or even normal vibration can cause a propane leak and unthinkable consequences. If you have a gasoline generat...  more
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      Benji February 3 That’s been the life long civil war of RVrs. Running propane while moving I’m on the side that says it’s not safe and wouldn’t do so. I’ve seen three RV fires all starting at the fridge because they were running it on propane while moving. There are sever...  more
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      Charles & Sharon February 3 I have used it many times while driiving down the road if it is very cold outside. No issues.
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      Michael Zike & Lynne Brooks February 3 We never have the Propane turned on when we travel. If we're traveling and it's cold we use a portable ceramic heater and face it towards the front.
    • Captbert
      Captbert February 3 Thank you everyone for your replies! Very helpful, looks like I have to dig into the manual! My dash heating is not currently working, so deeper digging is required!
    • Captbert
      bob& donna macintyre February 4 In my opinion you should concentrate on getting the dash heater fixed.  In the mean time dress like you live in Alaska and use the small space heater as suggested.
    • Captbert
      WeMustRV February 4 SO we have been known to run our living room gas furnace when going down the road in cold conditions.  The engine heater cannot heat the our Class A a4 40' long.  We have installed recently a heavy drape behind the driver and passenger seats while traveli...  more
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      MartiL February 4 I actually forgot to turn off the furnace when starting out.  It was fine when I stopped for the night, but I was bummed I wasted the propane
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      • Captbert
        Jim & Sharon Ham February 6 Be sure it is turned off when refueling.
    • Captbert
      Jim & Sharon Ham February 4 Gas on or off while driving is one of the top places where RVers opinions differ widely.  Gas off at tank is the only SAFE way for some, and some bridges and tunnels in the East require it.   Some drive with the gas on all the time for frig and furnace.  ...  more
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        TheClearyClan February 5 When refueling your rig, turn off the gas appliances not just the propane. The appliances will be firing their ignitors trying to light the burners. All my appliances are on the driver's side, along with the gas tank filler. ...  more
      • Captbert
        MartiL February 6 I've read all these comments and I guess I'm confused.  My propane - I was told I didn't need to actually shut it off at the tank.  (there is not a flame)  I don't understand - does the furnace have a pilot?  I've never had to light it.  It just worked.  ...  more
      • Captbert
        TheClearyClan February 8 @ MartiL, all my appliances, refrigerator, water heater and furnace, do not have  pilots. The oven does, but we only light it when we plan on using the oven, otherwise the pilot is turned off. Those without pilots use an ignitor, a spark gap similar to...  more
    • Captbert
      MartiL February 4 no one told me to actually turn it off at the tank.  I actually asked this when mine was getting a repair at an rv place in TN - they said it didn't matter, most people just leave it on.
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      Serenity 2000 February 5 I learned quickly that my refrigerator stayed cold for shorter trips and on six-hour trips all I needed was a frozen 2-liter bottle to keep things cool the whole way. We occasionally drive with the generator on, mostly for the air conditioner, but it also...  more
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      MartiL February 5 Driving with the generator on?  I heard truck drivers do that - but rv?  Seems like a big waste of gas?
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      • Captbert
        Bandit455 February 11 I can run my QD7500 for 900 miles(2 days) and never see a noticeable
         change in fuel consumption
    • Captbert
      Jim & Sharon Ham February 6 To answer MartiL question, it is common for furnace and water heater to have a spark ignition that is controlled by switched 12 volts to the electronic internal board performing a specific start sequence.  No standing pilot anymore.  That is why The Clear...  more
    • Captbert
      John T February 6 " I don't understand - does the furnace have a pilot?  I've never had to light it. "   Unless its an older model it uses electronic igniti on versus the old style pilot flame. Most DO NOT turn off LP at the tank when driving but its probably ...  more
    • Captbert
      MartiL February 6 Got it!  About a month after I purchased this, my friends were out camping, so I went and joined them.  When I got there, the wanted to check out my new/used vehicle.  He went around and turned on my propane, furnace, and hot water heater.  I just called ...  more
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      • Captbert
        Jim & Sharon Ham February 6 Our furnace and air conditioner is turned on/off with a wall thermostat just like home.
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      MartiL February 7 Jim & Sharon   Haha to me.  Yes, mine is turned off there too.  I was just thinking, when they were saying "spark" ignition when filling gas tank that there was a shut-off on the outside!  M  Thank You!!
    • Captbert
      MartiL February 8 The Cleary Clan I've used the stove and yes I turn a knob and then another that says spark.  I've only used one of the burners.  I've not tried the oven yet.  I'm guessing it will light the same way
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      • Captbert
        Jim & Sharon Ham February 8 Most RV ovens do not have spark ignition, but you have to hold in the oven knob and light a pilot light. After thermal couple heats up, turn knob farther to ignite oven.
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      MartiL February 9 I guess that should be one of my next projects.  At least I know what a Thermocouple is.  Lol
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      • Captbert
        Captbert February 11 Is that a couple tucked tightly under a heavy blanket? :)
    • Captbert
      Jim & Sharon Ham February 11 We should have added that you need to be flexible to light the oven pilot by crawling around on the floor and finding the pilot light location with a flashlight while holding the knob depressed and using your third hand holding a candle lighter!
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      • Captbert
        MartiL February 11 Funny, Jim & Sharon Ham - I can only imagine.  I probably won't even try until I use the oven more in the cooler temps.  I usually find out things the hard way.  If the stove lights, I figure the oven will light.  Which I now isn't always the case.  I've ...  more
    • Captbert
      MartiL February 11 Captbert - HAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
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