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Old 10-09-2019, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default Furnace and thermostat

Okay, so I'm new to the whole RV/Camper life. I recently acquired a 1990 voyager classic 259b (only only that matches the floor plan that I could find so I'm assuming) I got nothing with it. The person who had it before me had destroyed it so I'm going to remodel it the best I can. The walls was down to the bare, ceiling gone, ac ripped out. Toilet, sinks, stove, fridge, couches was still in it. Been trying to repair the fridge cause when I plug the camper in the fridge dont come on (took me forever to find the breaker box) but it's starting to get cold outside so I'd like to run the heater while working on it but I cant find the thermostat and I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for the heather.. any help, advice, diagrams, ANYTHING is greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:21 PM   #2
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Soul, I take a stab at this. Not knowing what you actually have is NOT a deterrent, we'll try and get you through it. Welcome to the forum, this IS the place to get answers.
The refer is not like your house refer, there are no moving parts, like a compressor type, so it takes several hours to cool down. Don't know how handy you are, but if you raise the top, on the outside you'll see a grill looking access cover (or 2), it houses the furnace. Propane is needed, turn on the gas bottle and ignite a burner on the Stove. This will ensure you have fuel in the system. Normally our thermostat is a two wire. If you can't find a thermostat, then look for two wires sticking out of a hole. A $10-$15 replacement will fix that problem. Heater is at floor level, might see a duct or two. Lets start there and see how it goes. Stay in touch.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:58 PM   #3
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I used to own a 1990 25ft. RD Classic. It had a rear door on the passenger side. The thermostat was located on the side of the refrigerator. Does you have a fully charged battery? This is necessary to run the furnice. Are you plugged into electrical? We have done extensive wall rebuilding due to water dammage. I did not have to rebuild the interior ceiling or roof. Others on this forum have done these repairs. I will get my daughter to post the link to our photo bucket pictures/repairs. I hated to stock thermostat as it was hard to turn on and off. In my new to us HiLo I purchased a push button thermostat at Walmart. I'm sure many of our members can guide you through your repairs. First have your roof leak free and then tackle the interior ceiling. All windows must be taken out and resealed with butyl tape and Lexel caulk. You can do these repairs!!
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:27 PM   #4
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Thank you guys so much for the replies. Unfortunately the person who had the camper before me when they ripped the ceiling and walls out and from other pictures I'm seeing alot of cabinets out was just jerking everything out, some wires apperently included. I have found the vents (which had a couple of nasty wasp hives hiding inside) and I'm looking still for the wires for the furnace in Hope's those didnt get ripped out. First thing I've been doing is some roof repairs because I found some leaks this last time it rained, some floor repairs. Next I'm about to study camper wiring because from my understanding tilt isnt just all just ac or dc its ac and dc.. so i wanna make sure I get everything right. I did manage to plug into main power and flipped breakers on to see what all is running and I definitely have my work cut out for me! But I always enjoy a challenge and starting today while I'm working on it this is my temporary home due to some marital and other issues. Itll help keep my head clear though so I'm sure this will be fun! Unfortunately it didn't come with any batteries which might be why the fridge doesnt kick on when I plug in the camper to power? I do have some smaller 6v batteries that I use for tinkering that I'm going to wire together.. figure I'll wire 12v then wire them to reach 80ah which should be enough for me to use to get things fixed and charge back up quickly until I have get me some nice batteries. Thinking about building up a battery pack with about 800ah and building a custom case for them. Just getting some me time today so starting project and I'll be trying to absorb all this useful information on here!
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Can you fill us in on what floor repairs you need to do? Call PPL motor Home in Texas. They will send you a thick book/catalog about all things RV. They have some parts that are not listed. Customer service is Aplus!! I had this same HiLo. Keep the questions coming. A good idea to check the furnice,AC for mud dobbers ect. before running equipment.
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There was two holes in the floor. One of which was in the bathroom area in front of the toilet. The other was in front of the stove. The bathroom floor hole was a perfect rectangle and was easier to replace. The one in front of the stove on the other hand was a big hole with no particular shape so I had to cut and shape out the floor, I ran a small support beam under then cut out some wood and got it screwed in... upon repairing the bathroom floor I noticed for the first time that someone had installed carpet in the shower area...kinda mind boggled me a bit but I guess tomorrow I'll get to see what is under that.
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You can use some throw rugs to cover the areas of floor repair. Makes the floor warmier on chilly days. Can't immagine what is under the carpet in the shower pan. Could have been a lazy way to do a repair.
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