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Dougkim2012

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Hello.  We own a 2007 Dutchman 29? camper.  We are having issues with the furnace.  It is a hydro flame 8100 and at a loss of what to do to fix it so it doesn?t smell inside camper. 

Help please
 

SpencerPJ

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What are the issues?
Smell only?  Does it smell like gas, or burnt dust?  Burnt dust, that's not uncommon with the first use in the fall. Open the doors and windows, and let it run hard core for 10-15 minutes, it should clear.
If it's something else, please elaborate  ;)
 

Isaac-1

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We need more information, burnt dust, may be just that dust burning off the first time you use it for the season.  Gas smell may be a rusted out heat exchanger  letting combustion gases into the RV, ...
 

grashley

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Welcome to the Forum!

I have a '09 Dutchman FW.  Love the camper!
Please be more specific about the odor. 
If it is caused by a bad heat exchanger, and allowing combustion gasses into the camper, it can kill you!  The fix is a new furnace.
If it is something burning off in the furnace, Spencer has the answer.
 

Dougkim2012

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We can smell exhaust inside unit.  Doug has done test on intake, those were successful.  He has had the unit torn apart, cleaned and put back together.  We have replaced the main regulator, and a valve in the heater.  Correction the furnace is 8500-IV.  Today he checked voltage.  It worked great last year.  It is blowing black smoke and very stinky outside.
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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Check the gasket that keeps the air intake and exhaust paths separate. If that gasket gets damaged or lost, exhaust gets sucked into the air intake and throws the air/fuel ratio off, producing poor (or no) combustion.  It's easy to miss a problem there but it's a critical component.  The air/fuel ratio for the furnace is very finicky so it doesn't take much to disrupt it. That's also why even a small amount of debris in air intake or exhaust path can make the furnace burn poorly or fail to ignite on demand.
 
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