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Old 06-24-2014, 01:21 PM   #21
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I think it is a good idea to turn it off lest we test the fates and forget and drain the hot water tank,
Yes, I can vouch for that little oversight last fall. I did that exact thing. Drained and cleaned the anode while it was hooked to shore power with the electric switch in the on position. Cost me an element AND a hi limit switch and a few blue words.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:22 PM   #22
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UNFREAKING BELIEVABLE. Just went oitside, That is the dumbest thing i jave ever seen and being a mechancial contractor i have seen some bad design but this tops them all. THANKS FOR THE HELP
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:23 PM   #23
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Also sprry about post on water i mwant to go on other post.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:30 PM   #24
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The outside switch for the water heater electric has a small pin in it to prevent accidentally turning it on. Whenever I drain the water heater, I make sure to turn off and place pin in hole in switch so that it doesn't get turned on. Being forced to remove the pin makes me think "Is there water in the heater?" Of course, accidents can still happen.


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Old 06-24-2014, 01:33 PM   #25
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I question the wisdom of having the on/off switch on the outside. I always forget about it and it finally bit me. I burned the element out when I connected to shore power with no water in the tank. If it was visible inside the camper, this would not have happened.
Stupid design I'd admit.

I like mine being inside!
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:37 PM   #26
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I turn the 15 amp breaker hot water switch off inside in the panel. That way I'm controlling the electric element from inside the motorhome and never make the mistake of turning on the outside switch when the tank is empty.


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Old 06-24-2014, 03:52 PM   #27
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I turn the 15 amp breaker hot water switch off inside in the panel. That way I'm controlling the electric element from inside the motorhome and never make the mistake of turning on the outside switch when the tank is empty.


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Assuming you remember to switch the breaker 😆
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:21 PM   #28
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Another water heater related question, can you run both electric and gas at the same time for faster recovery?
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Another water heater related question, can you run both electric and gas at the same time for faster recovery?
Yes, they are completely separate systems that run independently.

Gas only; AC only; or BOTH.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:34 PM   #30
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Well even with switch on no hot water running electric, just another item on warranty list for dealer.
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