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Old 12-05-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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2006 Fleetwood Excursion pusher. Thanks to all of you for helping me learn on this excellent forum. After a half dozen 22 to 26' coaches, we've ventured into the world of 39' pushers ! We're excited to be going to Ruskin Fl for a month in January. My question is we're from TN near the smokies, and it may be at or below freezing going down and coming back...I don't want frozen pipes or holding tanks on the trip. Can you run the propane furnace while driving to insure heat in the coach to protect pipes and tanks? It has 3 slides and the rooms obviously will be in....will it still distribute heat ? ( from the furnace-not the dash)

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Old 12-05-2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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Yes, your furnace is designed to keep the vehicle warm, stopped or moving. Same with the refrigerator and generator, they are made to be used. Turn off flame devices while fueling, other than that, (and a few tunnels) they are fine.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:05 PM   #3
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Suburban furnace manufacturer Airxcel | Suburban Manufacturing Service says No. But many people on this forum say they do it without consequence.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:14 PM   #4
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I do it all the time with no problems.
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WOW--think I have broken every rule on the Suburban website over the last ten years. .....and I am still here!!!!!!
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:56 PM   #6
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Many of the manufacturers say no on these controversial subjects in order to CYA. If something were to go wrong, you cannot say they didn't tell you.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:13 PM   #7
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If you have a Winnebago coach with the Motor aide heater you don't need to run the furnace as heat comes from the engine in order to heat compartments and make hot water to wash hands when stopping.

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I never read the Q & A on the Suburban site, gee, I too have been breaking the 'law.'

If it is such an issue, why haven't the builders tied the furnace, water heater, refrigerator and stove or just the whole LP tank into the relay that turns the TV off when ignition is on? Must not be that big an issue?

I've searched to find states that prohibit LP use. This website: PopUp Times Magazine State Laws on Towing says no LP AT ALL in MD tunnels, some NY bridges. CA and NJ forbid having tanks even turned on. (Oops, broke the law in both those states)

I guess if you have an LP powered vehicle, you'd have to build up a 'big head of steam', shut off the LP, and coast all the way through CA and NJ!
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We leave WI first part of March and head to Fl. My rule of thumb is if the outside temperature is above 15 I will de-winterize my coach at home in the garage after having turned on the main furnace. I have never had a freeze up with the furnace running. I set the furnace at 70 and also use the dash heater. I have the motor aide and that keeps the hot water heater from freezing. If the out side temperature is less than 15 I do not de-winterize until I stop the first night. You should not have any problems leaving from TN. Have a great trip;

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Depending on water pump placement, it may be subjected to freezing temperature when the furnace is operating. Mine is 2" from a compartment door, and the compartment temperature can vary from freezing 2" from the door, to 40 degrees 12" from the door. I have a 2" section of Styrofoam to place between the pump and door for insulation. Motor-aide is not connected to cold water pipes, just runs through water heater.
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Safer and easier would be to leave it winterized until you get to Florida. De-winterizing after you arrive in camp isn't such a big deal.

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If you have a Winnebago coach with the Motor aide heater you don't need to run the furnace as heat comes from the engine in order to heat compartments and make hot water to wash hands when stopping.


Love that motor aid. Although mine is blowing the 15 amp fuse when I first turn it on. I put in a 20 amp and it will run then I change it out to a 15. I need to lubricate the fan I guess. But How?
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Love that motor aid. Although mine is blowing the 15 amp fuse when I first turn it on. I put in a 20 amp and it will run then I change it out to a 15. I need to lubricate the fan I guess. But How?
Ours only heats the hot water heater
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Suburban furnace manufacturer Airxcel | Suburban Manufacturing Service says No. But many people on this forum say they do it without consequence.
Suburban says "No. Suburban does not feel this is a safe practice. Some states have laws forbidding the use of propane while driving."

What a pile of garbage!! Not that some states don't occasionally come up with some really daft laws, but I would doubt that there are any that daft, and would challenge Suburban to provide substantiation for any such law; a law which would obviously preclude use of propane operated vehicles.
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