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Old 03-31-2016, 03:45 PM   #11
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I guess I've been lucky. My last three units have all had a second switch on the main panel for the 110v WH conveniently located right next to the WH propane control switch. Once you turn on the outside switch for the first time, you never have to touch it again if so desired.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:52 PM   #12
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While I try to remember to turn it off between trips, I'm not overly concerned about it. As long as the tank has water it's not going to be impacted if the switch is left on.

The key is to make sure it's part of your drain/fill HW tank procedure. (It's on that list at least 3 times!)

Since we generally us our trailer enough that I don't drain the tank, it really only needs to be turned off when I winterize.



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Old 03-31-2016, 06:55 PM   #13
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Our Dutchman Kodiak hybrid tt had the electric and gas switches on the same panel with the controls for the lights, awning, and black, grey, and water gauges.
Our new Rockwood Mini Lite 2304KS the switch was in the outside water heater compartment. I eventually, after several searches, found it beneath a piece of silver tape that hid it quite nicely. Why the ---- would the good people of Forrest River make something that important so hidden and/or inaccessible?
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:10 PM   #14
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Another question regarding the water heater and inaccessibility.
Why would Forrest River/Rockwood make the water heater, and it's bypass valves, inaccessible by placing an inoperable door (2 hinges on one side, 1 on the opposite side) in the access point?
I suppose the hinge was cheaper than a catch would be? But, given that access to the valves is mandatory for winterizing and de winterizing, it is just plain stupid. At great expense to myself, maybe $5 retail, I fixed the problem. Of course, even though I filled them, the puckered holes from the hinge screws into the vinyl covered particle board ( the brochure calls them "Cherry Cabinets") stick out like sore thumbs.
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Another question regarding the water heater and inaccessibility.

Why would Forrest River/Rockwood make the water heater, and it's bypass valves, inaccessible by placing an inoperable door (2 hinges on one side, 1 on the opposite side) in the access point?

I suppose the hinge was cheaper than a catch would be? But, given that access to the valves is mandatory for winterizing and de winterizing, it is just plain stupid. At great expense to myself, maybe $5 retail, I fixed the problem. Of course, even though I filled them, the puckered holes from the hinge screws into the vinyl covered particle board ( the brochure calls them "Cherry Cabinets") stick out like sore thumbs.

Actually, as the father of two young kids, I prefer the way FR did it. Young'uns can't open panels that are screwed down.


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Old 03-31-2016, 08:17 PM   #17
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Our Dutchman Kodiak hybrid tt had the electric and gas switches on the same panel with the controls for the lights, awning, and black, grey, and water gauges.
Our new Rockwood Mini Lite 2304KS the switch was in the outside water heater compartment. I eventually, after several searches, found it beneath a piece of silver tape that hid it quite nicely. Why the ---- would the good people of Forrest River make something that important so hidden and/or inaccessible?
Not sure why you're blaming FR? They don't make water heaters, Suburban does.

and they've had the electric side switch on the outside, for many years now.
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I never use the electric feature of mine either. In fact, I unplugged the hot water heater from the AC jack just to guarantee it will never be turned on accidentally with the tank empty.

It should be fairly easy to reroute the wiring form the switch to a lit on/off wall switch.

What i can't figure out is why down is on and up is off on my Wildcat's main on/off switch.
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A couple of points/observations;
1. The breaker should not be used as a switch. They are not really built for that.
2. The electric heating elements should absolutely have its own switch separate from the breaker box, and I installed my own in the compartment behind the dump valve handles. In hindsight, I should have placed it higher, because, if I'm not careful, my fingers can flip that switch when operating the black dump valve. Not a huge deal, but it's something I am careful with.
3. Occasionally, maybe when not even plugged in, we should work the little rocker switch in the water heater, as it is prone to seizing up in the position that it's left in for a long time.
4. I rarely, rarely turn my propane on...occasionally for the stove/oven, but that's about it. We precook a lot of meals, then just nuke'em, and the electric elements heat our water, the fireplace/electric heater will warm the coach, and cold stuff is in a residential refer. Two bottles of propane last us for years.
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A breaker is not switch, but it don't hurt them to be used like a switch.
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