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Old 09-19-2016, 09:25 AM   #1
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water heater melting taillight sonomo 280RKS

Owned this trailer for just over a month. Noticed this weekend that the water heater exhaust is melting the taillight cover and the plate. tough to see but if you look at the bottom middle of the light cover you can see the distortion. when i barely touched it it was hot as hades. Anyone seen this before on other trailers or resolutions? i mean, I suppose a heat shield of some sort but this really just seems like a design flaw. Also, what if this thing fires up in the night in the back of the trailer, and i'm in the front of it asleep? Any thoughts welcome.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:18 AM   #2
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They picked a bad place to install that heater.

I'd definitely install some kind of aluminum shield across the top of that exhaust screen. You could attach it with either pop rivets or small bolts.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:22 AM   #3
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WOW! That is a pee poor design.
That exhaust gets pretty hot.

Looks like you're going to need to fabricate some kind of shield/deflector and put under the light.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:25 AM   #4
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I agree that this seems to be a design flaw that FR should be made aware of.

If you have a dual powered water heater (propane and electric), you may want to run it on electric only if possible, until a solution is found.
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Wow...that's engineering, lol. Sometimes they don't think things through very well. My MiniLite had the outside shower a few feet in front of the power connection. To use it, you'd have to be standing on top of the power cord in a puddle of water.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:03 AM   #6
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call dealer now and tell him problem and for him/FR to come up with a fix.... do not let them off and this is a very large hazard that will not go away. if it is melting the cover, all the wires are also may get hot and brittle.
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Somebody sure was not thinking when they put the heater where it is. I'd use the electric side if installed till you come up with a solution. I would also contact FR for advice. Later RJD
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.....call dealer now and tell him problem and for him/FR to come up with a fix.... do not let them off .........
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Aside from the fact that the design is PI-S Poor Id get a piece of sheet metal and install ie under the taillight cover.

Make it hang down 1/2" or so below the cover and bend it 80 degrees or so. It should hang past the rear edge of the taillight cover an additional inch. It will deflect the heat and prevent it from reaching the plastic lens cover and keep it from melting.

Id use aluminum or galvanized flashing so it won't rust.

Easy fix for a moron's design flaw.
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Aside from the fact that the design is PI-S Poor Id get a piece of sheet metal and install ie under the taillight cover.

Make it hang down 1/2" or so below the cover and bend it 80 degrees or so. It should hang past the rear edge of the taillight cover an additional inch. It will deflect the heat and prevent it from reaching the plastic lens cover and keep it from melting.

Id use aluminum or galvanized flashing so it won't rust.

Easy fix for a moron's design flaw.
LOL X2 I was gonna suggest this. Careful that the siding isn't getting too hot also.
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