The furies of Furrion
February 21, 2015
As we noted in our last post, after doing a dry run at Rasar State Park we found a couple of issues we wanted to address under warranty.
The blue LEDs for each of the two Furrion power inlets on Rocinante had decided not to light up anymore when connected to shore power. When they work right, the LED shines brightly in the dark, making it easy to see that all is well at the connection point. Rocinante was getting the power so the failure wasn't an emergency, but it's disconcerting when lights that should light...don't.
While using the heat pump to warm the trailer we had a regular stream of water coming off the roof. It wasn't as dramatic as the waterfall pictured here, of course, but seemed unusual, as we'd not noticed it when using the heat pump on prior trips. The service writer at our dealer agreed this seemed unusual and suggested we have them look it over.
Fixing the Furrions
The dealer quickly and efficiently replaced the Furrion power inlets, which now light up as expected whenever we hook either of them to shore power.
Why two power inlets?
The first, most commonly used inlet, is on the street side of the trailer, conveniently located to receive power from campsite posts which are usually on that side of the trailer.
The second is on the front of the trailer, nicely located for those using a generator, which the owners may have placed in the bed of their tow vehicle or somewhere else forward of the trailer. When needed, this second power inlet can be helpful. Since we don't use a generator with Rocinante today, the second inlet isn't particularly important, but if it's on the trailer, we want it working right - especially when it's under warranty.
Furrion F30INS-PS Square Non-Metallic 30 Amp Inlet with Stainless Plate
Heat Pump Water Drainage
When our dealer's service writer called to report the Furrions were no longer furious, she noted their Airstream Techs told her the water drainage we had observed off the roof from the heat pump is normal when that unit is heating the trailer.
During a heating cycle the chilled coils with condensation are outside the trailer, so the water that comes off those coils is allowed to simply run off the roof. During a cooling cycle, however, the cold coils are inside the trailer and that water must be safely drained away so it doesn't cause any damage - hence no water off the roof during a cooling cycle. It drains elsewhere.
Both parts of our heat pump are working as designed, and there's no need for concern. Always a great thing to hear!
After receiving "working as designed" diagnosis, which we confirmed with Airstream customer support, we remembered that on past trips got plenty of rain while using the heat pump. That must be why we had never noticed the stream before!