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Old 11-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #1
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'03 Designer Heater Help

I can't seem to locate a manual for the '03 Designer that I recently bought. I am currently using the propane to run the heater. Can anyone tell me if I can also use electric to run it & how to switch it over? Thanks!
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:26 AM   #2
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We have an "04 Designer 29RLTS, and the furnace is propane only. The control is integral with the A/C panel, and there is no way that I know of to run the furnace on electric. Fan is electric, but heat is not. Only the water heater and fridge are electric/gas. We use a small electric space heater to supplement the built-in gas furnace, and it keeps the furnace from running so much.
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In my previous post, forgot to mention that there is an "archives" section on the Jayco website, which has printable manual info back as far as '03.
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The main furnance is propane heat with a 12 volt fan.
We have a electirc fireplace in the living area that has a 1500 watt electric heat strip in it.
We also use two small thermostat controlled electric heaters, one in the living area and one in the bedroom area to suplement the propane furnance.

The electric heaters do keep the propane usage to a minimum.
When outside temps get below freezing, we want the propane furnance to cycle some as it heats the storage and holding tank area.
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The main furnance is propane heat with a 12 volt fan.
We have a electirc fireplace in the living area that has a 1500 watt electric heat strip in it.
We also use two small thermostat controlled electric heaters, one in the living area and one in the bedroom area to suplement the propane furnance.

The electric heaters do keep the propane usage to a minimum.
When outside temps get below freezing, we want the propane furnance to cycle some as it heats the storage and holding tank area.
Thanks so much for both of your replies. I am trying the supplemental heat as well but am having a heck of a time w/ that too. I've tried several heaters now & they seem to constantly trip the breaker in the kitchen/living room. I only have a small coffee pot on from time to time. I have learned that the circuit can't handle the heater & the toaster & that's fine but I've got to find a heater that will throw off a decent amount of heater w/o the breaker tripping. Do either of you have brands/models that you would recommend?
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How about putting a heat strip in the top of your air conditioner? I got a Dometic roof air conditioner and I by passed using the heaters by putting in a heat strip. It was like 50 bucks on a website. Here is the link to those guys. It is a suggestion, but could be a winner if you try it out.

http://www.rvpartscountry.com/Dometi...r13500BTU.html
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:39 PM   #7
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JAYCO is one of the great companies that will provide you with any and all manuals, schematics, etc just for the asking. Contact them from their home page and all you need to have is your JAYCO trailer VIN number.

All of my installed appliances had brochures inside a hugh folder for each appliance. Mine was in a cabinet drawer. My other trailer they were located laying on the floor next to the water heater...

When we are at regular electric camp sites we always use a couple of oil-filled electric heaters that has no open flame or red hot cores for safety reasons instead of the gas furnace. The blower motor is way loud for us to use. It also seems like it just makes sense to use the camp ground electric instead of your propane...

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Do a little experimenting and make a reference sheet id'ing which outlets are on which breaker. Then don't use both heaters on the same circuit. I use my heaters on low mode. We have had good luck with Vornado heaters. Have 2 running and the fireplace right now.
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Fool4horses - we bought a small Honeywell tower fan heater from Walmart, about $30 or so, and it has never (knock on wood) blown a circuit breaker, but puts out just enough heat to keep the furnace from coming on unless the outside temp gets down below 40.
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