Jump to content

Furnace problem - maybe ???

Recommended Posts

We flew to Florida from Phoenix to purchase a 2019 Thor Vegas 24.1 last week.

Proceeded to drive the rig 2200 miles back home. The first night we overnighted in Lake City Florida at a Super Walmart. Great stay and the rig worked great. A cold front was going through the south and the temp was low enough that we had the rig’s furnace on. If we remember correctly the temps were down in the low 40’s. The furnace kept us toasty through the night.

 Day 2 we drove on I10 into the middle of Louisiana and overnighted at an RV park. The temps that evening got down into the low 30’s. We woke up to a nice and toasty Motorhome. My wife took a shower that morning and enjoyed a nice and warm shower. The rig uses an in-line water heater to give us hot water. The in-line unit uses propane, on demand, for the water heating duties. After the shower we noticed that that furnace was no longer providing heat to our rig. The furnace sounded like it was trying to ignite the propane to create flame but would immediately stop. Then a few seconds later would try to ignite the flame again but failed. We decided to hit the road and discuss the problem.

 On the third day we drove to Kerrville Texas and called to see if an RV service shop could look at our furnace. Ronnie Bock’s RV service were very kind to take the time and check out our furnace. Of course it fired right up and worked great for the whole time we were there.  (Middle of the afternoon  70 degrees) They suggested that the furnace circuit board had been known to cause problems and they had changed out several of them in the past. We bought a circuit board from them but did not replace it, still trying to determine the cause to the problem. Down the road again.

 Drove a bit further to Junction Texas and ate some very good BBQ. We got permission from the manager to overnight in their parking lot along with another MH. Went to bed that evening with the rig’s furnace on. The temp that night got down into the high 20’s. My wife woke at around 4am and noted that it was a bit cold in the RV (around 56 degrees). This was quite a bit colder than what we set the thermostat the night before. This time we decided to try a do a bit of troubleshooting. I went outside and verified that the propane bottle valve was indeed all of the way open. Then went inside and turned on the faucet to try for warm water. The indicator in the rig indicates the temp of the water as it warms. It was not getting above 52 degrees and eventually gave an error code of E2. We then attempted to warm water in a pan on the propane stove. The flame came on but was not as intense as it usually is and was struggling to stay on.

It appears that we are not providing enough propane for our demands when it gets cold outside.

What in the propane line would cause this? I was told by an RV service manager that the propane regulator may be the culprit.  Any other ideas???

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

It sounds like low propane pressure but that probably means that you need a new propane pressure regulator. When they fail it isn't unusual for one to work intermittently for a while before complete failure. I suggest you have your RV tech check it. 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

If it’s still “cold” out shut the vapour valve off and crack the line there. Don’t remove it. Crack the valve and see if you get a nice hiss of vapour indicating product in the tank is propane. If yes what has been said about low supply pressure would be the next thing to check. 

If no or lazy pressure maybe butane?

Why would a coach’s propane system have been filled with butane? asked the dumb Canuck camping in winter ...

Edited by noteven

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

The further south you go, the greater the chance of getting a blended batch of fuel. Think of it like winter diesel. Canada rolls out the winter blend way earlier, and holds onto it later in the spring than, say, Kansas. If I fuel up, in the spring, before I head north, I run the risk of fuel issues due to cold. Down South, the mixed blend propane isn't an issue. Colder areas, it becomes one. 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, isa said:

I  hope  you  have  propane  in  the  tank  and  not  butane.

Exactly what I was thinking. Phoenix is a warm climate, butane is normally sold where lows  normally do not get below freezing; North TX is freezing temps in winter. When he gets to Florida it will probably begin working again. His present situation requires topping off the tank with propane, and/or wrapping a 120VAC pipe heat tape around the tank/cylinder and powering with the genset while driving, of course when on shore power an extension cord supplies power.


Edited by Ray,IN

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


RVers Online University


Our program provides accurate individual wheel weights for your RV, toad, and tow vehicle, and will help you trim the pounds if you need to.

Rv Share

Rv Insurance Benefits.com Logo

Dish For My RV.

Find out more or sign up for Escapees RV'ers Bootcamp.

Advertise your product or service here.

The Rvers- Now Streaming

AGS Now Hiring

RV Pet Safety

RVTravel.com Logo

  • Create New...