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Old 09-24-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Level to run furnace?

I've read the thread about the smell encountered when running the furnace for the first time. I did not know anything about this. We picked up our unit (White Hawk 28dsbh) in April and have not yet run the furnace. We're leaving for the weekend on Thursday evening, and we will likely need to run the furnace this weekend. In the driveway there is no way to level. The nose is down at least 15" lower than the rear. I would like to run the furnace tomorrow evening to prevent the initial burn off smell while camping. Do you have to be level to run the furnace? Will I be okay to run the furnace tomorrow evening in the driveway this far out of level?



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Old 09-24-2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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Fairly level should be fine. You don't need to have it perfectly level but, you don't want it too far out if which either, IMO. We have a 2014 Eagle and had no odor when we initially ran our furnace. All was good. Hope this helps.

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Old 09-25-2013, 07:10 AM   #3
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There may be an issue regarding the front jack. When the TT is level or near level, the weight on the jack is straight up and down, but with the trailer off by 15" the weight is no longer vertical but angled which could cause stress and bend the leg that slides up and down. I have one Atwood tongue jack that has a slightly bent adjusting shaft and I need to order a replacement. As far as any other items in the TT at this angle, the FRIDGE is probably the other most important item. I would not start the fridge until you get it on the street and it is near level, which would mean that you can't start it up the night before leaving on your next camping trip.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:25 AM   #4
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I have never had any issues of running my furnace when the trailer is not level. I always light the stove burners first to make sure I am getting propane down the gas line and and clear the lines from air pockets. I would think if the stove burners work ok the furnace should do just fine...

You must already by parked in the sloped parked driveway so you will have to judge from that if your tongue weight is a problem. Operating the fridge not being level would be more of an issue with me...

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Old 09-25-2013, 10:58 PM   #5
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I don't think the furnace cares if it is level or not. You could put a few boards under the low end and level it out some if it makes you feel good. I don't recall any odor when we first used our Eagle, maybe we got lucky, you might luck out too.
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