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Old 12-15-2009, 02:31 PM   #1
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Exclamation PHEW! New furnace smell

We fired up the furnace for the first time in our new 2010 Jayco Jayflight G2 during a recent camping trip and what an awful experience it was! Air blowing from the ducts smelled terrible and set off our smoke detector multiple times until I removed the battery from the smoke detector.

Fearful that we had a malfunctioning furnace or an incorrectly installed furnace, we shut the furnace down. We opened the doors and windows to flush the noxious smell even though it was near freezing outside.

I frenetically dug through the owners' packet that contained all the information on accessories and found the brochure relating to the furnace. Buried in the text was a statement that the furnace should be operated the first time with the windows and doors open to allow fumes from construction materials to ventilate. GOOD TO KNOW!

I have recommended to our Jayco dealer that sales and/or service personnel make sure new owners are aware that the furnaces in their new trailers need to be operated initially with the doors and windows open--preferably before the first camping trip in the new trailer.

The good news is that after the initial burn-in period, our furnace works without emitting noxious odors or setting off our smoke alarm. Keeps us toasty warm even in freezing weather.

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Old 12-15-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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Awwwwwwwwww, the memories! Yup, remember that smell well! Buuuuuuuuuuuut! How kewl to be able to experience the smell (being the first proud owner of a brand spankin' Jayco)!

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Old 12-16-2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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We took delivery of our new TT in April 2008 (still rather cold here in Minnesota). Although the TT was inside during the PDI, they turned on the Furnace to show us how to operate the settings AND that the first time used it would have an odor that was not very pleasant. We had a few windows open and both doors. They said they do the same routine on all PDI's. It does not matter if it is Winter or Summer.
I guess I should go back to my dealer and tell them "THANK YOU" for their great instructions.

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