Heating System Fundamentals Class DVD




While most RV owners purchase their rig to use during the summer months or to escape the cold weather and “snow bird” in the south, there are still times when the heating system comes in handy.

You may not camp in below freezing weather for months at a time, but depending on your location, you can still encounter cold weather in just about any month of the year.

So, a well maintained and efficient heating system will make your trips much more enjoyable!

In this class, your instructor Dave Solberg will show you the fundamentals of an RV heating system, how to maintain and keep it running efficiently, and how to troubleshoot some common problems you may see.

Most RVs utilize either a simple forced air heater providing heat directly off the furnace, or a ducted system routed to vents throughout the coach. Almost all heaters run on efficient and clean-burning liquid propane (LP).

Just like in your home, the furnace is controlled by a thermostat mounted to the wall in the living room or kitchen area. Some have zone capabilities, allowing for different temperatures in the bedroom vs. the living room area.

One thing different about an RV heating system and a residential system is that there is limited air circulation in an RV. There’s typically only one cold air return, so there can be “pockets” of cooler air. This situation can be supplemented with auxiliary heaters such as electric units which demand a lot of 120-volt power. These are not the best alternative. You’ll learn about a safer and more efficient auxiliary heater to use.

Troubleshooting an inefficient or non-working heating system is easy once you understand how the system operates and are familiar with the main safety switches that can detect proper airflow, flame, and temperature. You’ll see step-by-step ways to check key elements of your system, to diagnose and resolve common problems.