'Reno' of DuoTherm furnace in 1973 Trillium 1300 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-11-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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'Reno' of DuoTherm furnace in 1973 Trillium 1300

Any suggestions for cleaning up and getting the furnace running again? Just bought this trailer a few weeks ago and it has been sitting for about 5 years without being used.
Thanks! Young Blue
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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Hi Flo, welcome to FiberglassRV! In the Document Center we have several DuoTherm manuals if you need it. Other than that, I'm sorry I can't help much. Please post pictures when you can.

Here's a direct link to the furnace manuals: Fiberglass RV - Document Center - Furnaces/Heaters
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
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Thanks Donna! Although our furnace is a different model (quite small & old!) I've saved & printed one of the manuals - and checked our model on the parts lists in the documents!
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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There's also a Trillium manual, but I don't see anything about the furnace: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/d...um_English.pdf
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:16 PM   #5
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Please post pictures, both of the inside and outside. I have a Trillium 4500 that I have been working on the furnace. For lots of pictures see:
How to physically remove a heater ...
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:28 PM   #6
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Hi again . . .we are having problems getting our furnace to start and looking for any information WRT any manual etc for this furnace. Have checked out the other manuals, but they aren't the same??? Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:05 PM   #7
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I fought with a Duo_Therm annually in the 80s for years, seemed to be really finicky about the spark gap and cleanliness of the electrodes. Also had problems with the sail switch......finally ripped it out and put in a Suburban brand.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:46 PM   #8
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check your thermo coupler..it is a little copper thinggy that allows the gas to flow to your burner.

clean your burner (rust and soot).

to light you press and hold the thermo coupler "button" to light the burner, hold the button till the gas is burning under the bulb, when the gas is burning on its own relese the button, and turn the dial to the desired heat setting.

i will not sleep with the furnace running..i do not have a CO2 dector..but i am going to get one.

you really should get someone to show you how to safe/properly use your furnace....FYI, just because it is old does not mean it is not safe.

good luck..hope i did not confuse anyone??
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There's also a Trillium manual, but I don't see anything about the furnace: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/d...um_English.pdf
this link won't work for me :
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Old 07-05-2015, 02:23 PM   #10
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While others may disagree, IMHO, unless one was already a skilled mechanic with experience with gas furnaces, I wouldn't even start to try to breath life into a 40+ year old furnace. If there is a CO leak almost anywhere it can make you next trip your last trip.


Short Version: If you had to ask that question, it's way above your pay grade.
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