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Old 06-21-2011, 03:27 AM   #1
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Pilot Light

Hi all !! Ok. I am going to try to ask this question without sounding like I don't know what I am talking about .. My husband isn't here to give me the "technical terms" but.... On our camping trips, he lights the pilot light from outside the camper for our water heater etc... Besides smelling a hint of propane when it is fired up... the outside of the camper has black soot that collects on the door to the pilot light and the outer shell of the camper where it vents out. Is this normal? Is it running to hot? We haven't called the dealer just yet. We have a 2011 Jayfeather X17Z . Thank you in advance for any feedback! Happy Camping !!
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:30 AM   #2
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Noit,s acctually burning to cold you need to adjust the air-fuel mixture so that the flame is a nice blue colour
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:16 AM   #3
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Usually, an excess of soot indicates a rich mixture of gas and air (not enough air). Please do not take this the wrong way but if you all have to ask about this (and there definitely is nothing wrong with asking), it would be wise to get to the unit into the dealer and have the technician check out the unit (hopefully, it's still under warranty). A sooty flame can be cranking out large quantities of CO (carbon monoxide, a deadly poisonous gas) which might leak into the camper and can be caused by misadjustment or a defect in the heater. You should have a CO detector but they can fail (granted, it's unlikely) so you don't want to be taking any chances by depending on it. If the flame adjustment is one a homeowner can make, be sure to ask the dealer to show both of you how to do so. The instructions in manuals aren't always easy to understand.
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The burner tube probably has some debree, such as stink bugs, or mud daubers, or spider webs. This happened to us on our second trip with our new hybrid. (&*^&&* stink bugs) I used an air compressor and just blew everything out good. Worked for me.
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You have to light the pilot light? I have a Jayco Jay Flight G2. and I thought it had an electronic pilot light igniter? I haven't used the propane yet just the electric hook up but I thought it detected between electricity and gas and switched on it's own.
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1) I am surprised it is not an electric ignition...
2) take it to the dealer for warranty service its a new trailer.. you paid big bucks for it and it includes warranty USE IT
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If you can, ensure that the problem isn't blockage being caused by bugs or spiders/webs before turning it in as a warranty problem. If the problem turns out to be non-warranty (bugs/spiders/etc), there's a good chance that you'll be a payin'.
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If you can, ensure that the problem isn't blockage being caused by bugs or spiders/webs before turning it in as a warranty problem. If the problem turns out to be non-warranty (bugs/spiders/etc), there's a good chance that you'll be a payin'.
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You have to light the pilot light? I have a Jayco Jay Flight G2. and I thought it had an electronic pilot light igniter? I haven't used the propane yet just the electric hook up but I thought it detected between electricity and gas and switched on it's own.

The G2 does have the DSI automatic gas/electric Water Heater. But Jayco`s website, standards and options page, is showing only a standard gas water heater for the X17Z, the electronic version does not even show up as an option in the options page. That is a bit strange it is not offered but sometimes these brochures are not 100% accurate.

This does need to be checked out soon as possible, could be a blockage or need adjusting as others have said.
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My 19H hybrid is automatic, just push gas or electric button on the panel & off she goes.
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