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Old 10-06-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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turning on the furnace for 1st time

We have a 2012 197 ultra lite & are going dry camping for the first time at the Grand Canyon. It's going to be cold & I had a couple of questions if any can help me out I would appreciate it.

1) How do you turn on the furnace? It seems as though you just set the thermostat & at a temp? There's no on/off switch. Never used the furnace before so not sure if we need to do anything else. Looked it up in the owners manual & it gave no instructions.

2) Whats the best way to run the heater when you are dry camping? Owners manual just says it needs propane & 12 volt.


Thanks. We've never had a travel trailer before this one and are learning as we go.

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Old 10-06-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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My T stat looks like this, and you switch to heat. Nothing to touch on the furnace.

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Also keep in mind the furnace fan uses a considerable amount of juice and it will drain a battery overnight if it runs too much when dry camping.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
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You may want to run the furnace before you go camping. A new furnace can (probably will) generate some odor for a while.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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If the furnace runs a lot you will most likely have a dead battery by morning. If you have two batteries you will be a lot better off. We use a Kozy World or a Mr. Heater when boondocking.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:03 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. Unfortunately, crabman, our thermostat doesn't look like yours. Ours has no switch for a/c or heat or even on/off. It only has a bar to slide for more or less heat. Strangest thing I ever saw.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:48 AM   #7
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I went looking for 2012 JAYCO 197 photos on google images and I guess this is your thermostat on the wall here. Looks like it has touch button controls



Surely there is a HEATER button on this panel... Let me keep looking maybe I can find a better picture of the thermostat somewhere...

FOUND THIS PHOTO...
The top slide switch set the temp I guess but I see a another slide switch on the bottom.. Maybe this is for selecting AC or Heater... This is a strange look thermostat. Maybe someone else on here has a clue...

Maybe this is two thermostats in one. The top one for the A/C and the bottom one for the heater. Pehaps the switch is built-in the slide switch. ON-OFF is at the beginning of the slide.


Sample photos from google images

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Our 213 has the same thermostat as pictured above. The bottom slide adjusts the temperature. The little lever on the top right hand corner is the on off switch for the furnace. To turn the furnace on you push it to the left about a 1/4 of an inch. You will hear and feel an audible click. Opposite to shut it off. Our on off switch is so stiff that my wife's fingers are not strong enough to turn it on. First mod planned for next spring is installation of a simple digital thermostat.
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We have the same thermostat also on our 228. If the lever is up against the right side of the housing I know its off and can only go to the left for on mode. I'm always afraid to brake it if I go the wrong way because it is very stiff to move and the lever looks weak.
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x2 with bigbird, our 228 is the same and since we just fired the furnace this weekend I can tell you there is a smell and a haze that hung around the camper for about 2 hrs. after lighting it off for the first time.
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