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Old 06-21-2024, 01:09 PM   #1
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Furnace Sail Switches

Escape 2018 19 footer- Just replaced sail switch for friend with an airstream. AirStreams have access to back of furnace from outside panel. Sure wish Escape did the same. How hard is it to get to the back of an Escape 19 furnace?
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Old 06-21-2024, 01:24 PM   #2
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Escape 2018 19 footer- Just replaced sail switch for friend with an airstream. AirStreams have access to back of furnace from outside panel. Sure wish Escape did the same. How hard is it to get to the back of an Escape 19 furnace?
There is an access panel on the outside of your E19. Look for the exhaust port. I believe four screws hold it on. The sail switch is right there.
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Old 06-21-2024, 01:25 PM   #3
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Escape 2018 19 footer- Just replaced sail switch for friend with an airstream. AirStreams have access to back of furnace from outside panel. Sure wish Escape did the same. How hard is it to get to the back of an Escape 19 furnace?
Escape does do that now that it is available. One of my brother's 19 is a 2019 and he has this.
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The classics don't have an outside port for the furnace. Gen 2 does!
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Old 06-21-2024, 01:45 PM   #5
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The classics don't have an outside port for the furnace. Gen 2 does!
I think 2018, per OPs profile, is 2nd generation.
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I think 2018, per OPs profile, is 2nd generation.
Then I wonder why he didn't know of the access panel and asked the question...
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Then I wonder why he didn't know of the access panel and asked the question...
That’s a good question…..
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Then I wonder why he didn't know of the access panel and asked the question...
As mentioned above, one of my brother's 19, a 2019 does, but my 2017 and my other brother's 2016 don't. All are new gen trailers. I'm thinking that 2019 might have been the start.
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Old 06-21-2024, 06:58 PM   #9
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The classics don't have an outside port for the furnace. Gen 2 does!
Not all generation 2 have outside access. My 2017 21C Gen 2 has an Atwood furnace that must be removed to access the sail switch. Same interior grill as the newer Dometics.

The sail switch is also in an interesting location - in the outside air stream inside a sealed box. Different shape as well. The good is I have only had to replace it once in 7 years of heavy furnace use - winter camping in Quartzsite for most of those 7 years.
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Old 06-21-2024, 07:32 PM   #10
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Not all generation 2 have outside access. My 2017 21C Gen 2 has an Atwood furnace that must be removed to access the sail switch. Same interior grill as the newer Dometics.
Yeah, my bad. I should have said some of the earlier Gen 2 and none of the Gen 1.
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So when the time comes I will have to open up front grill inside camper, disconnect gas , and lift whole unit out to get at sail switch which is in back of furnace...Right?

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Yes, and if you have one of the trailers where the back of the furnace slips off the plywood support and drops 1/8", you will need to remove the outside intake/exhaust before you can slide the furnace out. Don't ask how I know!
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