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Old 11-21-2018, 12:23 PM   #1
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Furnace sail switch

Got up this morning and 56° inside, 19 outside - just a few miles from Salt Lake City. Furnace wouldn't come on even after doing the resets per owner manual, checking to be sure we had LP and making sure gas was in the line by lighting the stove. Blower would run for 15 seconds or so, then shut off without heat.
Called Escape and talked with Dave in service. He said probably lint in the sail switch and emailed photos of it so I could check it. Took the outside cover off (easy), took out screw holding in the sail switch, got it out enough to see a big lint ball trapped. Borrowed some tweezers from DW, removed lint, reattached switch and fired up the furnace.
HEAT!!!!!!
Thanked Dave by a return call. GREAT customer service and an easy fix!
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:47 PM   #2
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This is a great and simple fix. The best kind! I will keep this in my “bag of tricks” if it ever happens to us.
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:21 PM   #3
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Called Escape and talked with Dave in service. He said probably lint in the sail switch and emailed photos of it so I could check it. Took the outside cover off (easy), took out screw holding in the sail switch, got it out enough to see a big lint ball trapped.
Hmmmm....this doesn't bode well for us, we will be traveling with three cats - at home we find fur dust bunnies daily
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:24 PM   #4
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You should be fine, unless you hang the cats above the furnace, outside the trailer.
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So this easy fix method only pertains to those with very new trailers that are outfitted with the exterior access furnace panel, correct? Those of us without the panel must pull the whole unit from the inside? And along those lines, just a musing question, but how feasible would it be to retrofit such a panel for trailers not already so equipped?
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So this easy fix method only pertains to those with very new trailers that are outfitted with the exterior access furnace panel, correct? Those of us without the panel must pull the whole unit from the inside? And along those lines, just a musing question, but how feasible would it be to retrofit such a panel for trailers not already so equipped?

I think it could be done, but I believe you would have to replace the whole furnace with one that comes from Atwood factory with the outside panel.
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:19 PM   #7
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I think it could be done, but I believe you would have to replace the whole furnace with one that comes from Atwood factory with the outside panel.


Yeesh, no thanks! May our sail switches ever remain hairball free!
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Yeesh, no thanks! May our sail switches ever remain hairball free!
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rain fall softly upon your fields
May your sail switch ever remain hairball free
and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand....
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May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

May the rain fall softly upon your fields

May your sail switch ever remain hairball free

and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand....

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Old 11-21-2018, 09:20 PM   #10
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Got up this morning and 56° inside, 19 outside - just a few miles from Salt Lake City. Furnace wouldn't come on even after doing the resets per owner manual, checking to be sure we had LP and making sure gas was in the line by lighting the stove. Blower would run for 15 seconds or so, then shut off without heat.
Called Escape and talked with Dave in service. He said probably lint in the sail switch and emailed photos of it so I could check it. Took the outside cover off (easy), took out screw holding in the sail switch, got it out enough to see a big lint ball trapped. Borrowed some tweezers from DW, removed lint, reattached switch and fired up the furnace.
HEAT!!!!!!
Thanked Dave by a return call. GREAT customer service and an easy fix!
Deja Vu

This exact thing happened to us two nights ago in Yosemite (less than 50 inside and 19 degrees outside) and last night outside of Yosemite (again about 50 inside but 24 outside). Both nights we went to sleep with the furnace running. Apparently driving yesterday loosened the lint ball enough to run until about 3 am. Today, after finally getting phone service on the way to Sacramento, I talked to Dave. He said the exact thing, and I probably got the same photos.

We're currently camping at the Cal Expo site in Sacramento with full services, and it's raining, so I haven't yet taken the sail switch apart, but after visiting friends Friday and Saturday we'll be on our way home, having electric sites all the way. Today we purchased a Honeywell electric heater that friends of ours who pull a Scamp 5th wheel love. Took it home (the 5.0) and it's quiet and heating the camper with ease.

I wonder how many times a week Dave explains the same problem with the Dometic furnace? Today was probably deja vu for Dave.

Enjoy,

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