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RVer asks if its safe to run the RV furnace while traveling
By Gary Bunzer

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Dear RV Doc,
I have heard of running the roof air conditioner off the generator while traveling. But is it safe to run the furnace off the generator? We travel to Florida every March and sometimes the first morning is quite cold, even after preheating the coach for several hours before leaving. The dash heater could not keep up with the heat loss while traveling. Riding in an over-sized icebox isn't much fun. --Bill Lemke
 
Dear Bill,
I'm a little confused by your question. Typically the RV furnace is powered by 12-volt DC, whereby the fan, thermostat and internal components all run off the auxiliary battery. So there's no reason to run the generator. Plus there's no reason not to run the furnace to help heat the coach while driving. Some RV experts say you should not travel with an open LP container, but I'm not in that camp.

I also believe in periodic LP leak tests to ensure the integrity of the LP system. If you are sure no LP leaks exist and you have adequate ventilation, running the furnace while traveling is safe. While driving the engine alternator will continue to charge the battery systems so there's no danger of draining the battery by using the furnace. You should be good to go as is.

Gary Bunzer, The RV Doctor, is a well known RV author and the host of RV Roadtrips, the DIY Network cable television show. He is one of the RV industry's most sought after speakers and the host of the popular DVD titled Do It Yourself RV Care.




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