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Old 10-31-2009, 09:19 PM   #11
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NWJeeper in my last post I was trying to quote what eandsphotography had said. I'm new to this forum stuff and haven't figured that one out yet. I guess that is why it didn't look like a quote.

I turn off the hot water heater when we leave a campground because when I get home we plug the unit up because we leave our stuff in the fridge. The hot water heater still has water in it, but I don't see a need to keep it on when not in use.

Like you, I believe these hot water heaters are standard across the board in all RV's. I was questioning what the Service Manager said about how the motorhome is different than how my 5th wheel worked.

I appreciate your advice and time in trying to help me solve this problem. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing an actual electric shutoff switch in the coach by asking people with the same model.

Once again thanks for the help.

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Old 11-01-2009, 07:25 AM   #12
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Everything I've seen on the Berkshires is the same as the Georgetowns when it comes to water heaters. The indoor switch is for Propane operation only. The outdoor rocker switch with the little cotter pin is for electric operation only. The two can work together but are independent from each other. One is 120 Volts while the other is a 12 Volt spark ignition. They both have seperate thermostats. Operating both together allows for quicker recovery of hot water. In the event there is a problem with one the other will still maintain water temperature.
I turn my electric switch on when I arrive at the campsite. It usually takes about 15-20 minutes to heat the 10 gallons in the tank. It stays on until we pack up to leave. It's the first thing I turn off once I disconnect the hose.
We only use the propane when we're dry camping.


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Old 11-01-2009, 04:43 PM   #13
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Thanks Cfsoistman.


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