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    Propane Heater not working

    Hello,
    For some reason my propane furnace heater is no longer working.
    The bottles still have quite a bit of weight, and there is no red-glow from the indicator.

    Interestingly, I am dry-camping at the moment, and my Battery ran down to almost nothing, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it.
    Since then, of course, I've fired up the generator and now the battery is re-charged, and of course, I can get electric heat.

    Thanks

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    Couple of things to try. Turn on your cooktop and make sure you’re getting propane. Another thing is to pull the fuse for the furnace at the converter for a couple minutes. It may reset it. The propane furnace needs 12v power to run the fan so having your battery go low is most likely the cause.
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    Sometimes the furnace needs a reset. Try switching it to off and then heat again and see what happens, or you can just turn off your battery switch and back on to reset it as well.

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    Thanks to both of you!!
    Yes, it look like the low battery caused it because the reset worked!

    ...But now I'm wondering if I should check the battery power somehow -- or is it quite normal for it to run down without any electricity running overnight?
    The only power I've had so far is running the Generator from time to time during the day.

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    If you are dry camping with only the dealer installed battery, you have limited capacity. They most likely installed a lead acid battery of which you can only use 50% of the capacity without causing battery damage. The furnace will draw a lot of power from the battery if dry camping. There are other small loads such as fridge, propane alarm, radio memory, etc that will have a constant draw. Best solution is to get a good quality battery monitor such as Victron BMV-712. Also, either plan on constantly charging battery with generator, consider solar and certainly research battery types and capacities to increase your available power when dry camping.

    Glad the heat is back.

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    Good information, and good suggestions!
    ...geez, I never really realized how much there is to learn about RV'ing
    Thanks again!

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