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Old 03-30-2016, 09:58 PM   #1
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Water heater on/off switch

Every RV that I've owned has the water heater switch in the worst possible location. You have to open the panel and reach around the little pipe with your finger to turn it on and off. Why they couldn't have put the switch in an easy to access location is beyond me, but I'm thinking about doing just that. I have astorage exterior storage compartment next to my water heater where I could put a lighted switch. The light would also remind me to turn it off as I'm putting stuff away during camp breakdown. Has anyone one else done this sort of thing? If so where did you put it? Was it difficult? Any photos would be awesome.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:59 PM   #2
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I think there are several threads in the modifications subforum, that show how others have accomplished this.

edit: here are a few

Water Heater Switch with Power-on Light

Added Inside Switch for Water Heater
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:08 PM   #3
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My water heater main electrical on/off switch is inside the rear panel to the heater and can be easily reached by removing the outside vent panel. However, we never turn it off. If we wanted to turn it off [electricly] we would use the breaker in the main breaker box in the hallway. No need to turn off the switch outside.
The gas switch is in the bathroom and easy to flip on/off to use either as a primary source of heat, or to assist the electrical elements.
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Old 03-31-2016, 04:28 AM   #4
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I think there are several threads in the modifications subforum, that show how others have accomplished this.

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Water Heater Switch with Power-on Light

Added Inside Switch for Water Heater
Doh!, my bad. Thanks for the links, I'll check them out.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:37 PM   #5
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i INSTALLED A SPLIT BREAKER AND ENSURE ITS OFF AT THE TANK AND THE PANEL UNTIL ITS FULL OF WATER AND THEN THE SWITCH OUTSIDE ON THE UNIT IS TURNED ON LAST.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:53 PM   #6
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I don't know why it never occurred to me to turn it on and off with the breaker, duh. I've complained for years about the inconvenient location of the switch, and there's been a few times that I almost forgot to turn it off because of the out of site and out of mind location. I still think I'll put a lighted switch inside of the outside storage compartment. That way as I'm putting stuff away, the light will be a reminder to turn it off. I can still see myself forgetting to turn off the breaker.
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:54 PM   #7
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Circuit breaker seems to be the best way to go. The little switch on my RV is the same as yours and it was starting to stick and I didn't even want to think about trying to replace it. I just added the breaker to my preflight check list.
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:59 PM   #8
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Heater Switch

yes I had the same problem especially after leaving the power on after I emptied the tank. I just rewired the small switch to inside the bathroom area with a small lighted switch
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HW heater switch

As a doctor, I have had less difficult surgeries than trying to insert that cotter pin into the hot water heater on/off switch....sigh.
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Ha as many campers I've had never use the electric. Rather use the propane. Later RJD
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