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Old 06-20-2014, 11:09 AM   #1
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Question 3051s Hot water tank use

May be a rookie question, but can someone put it in simple terms, when and when-not can you use the electric function on the hot water tank?( eg: traveling down the road , electric or not?)Thanks
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May be a rookie question, but can someone put it in simple terms, when and when-not can you use the electric function on the hot water tank?( eg: traveling down the road , electric or not?)Thanks
The electric heating element side of the water heater must be powered by a form of 120 volt power. You would need to get this 120 volt power either from being plugged into shore power, having a generator turned on,.......or if equipped with an inverter (like on a MH) then that way (if connected), but this would probably consume the batteries fairly quick as the electric heating element needs 12 amps when on.
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If your generator is running while going down the road then you can use electrical side of wh.
If it's not you cant.
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Thanks for the posts, I usually don't run gen while driving, so do I have to turn off rocker switch at heater when leaving CG and unpluging shore power or can I just leave it on ? I know the tank must be full of water when pluged in or will burn out element with electric switched on.
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You don't "have" to shut it off as long as you know or remember it always running if plugged into shore power or gennie is running
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I just caught the part where you stated "traveling down the road". Is there a reason you would need hot water while driving, as you also have to have a water supply at the same time?

I doubt you have it, but Suburban does make a Motoraid water heater:

This actually lets the motor of the vehicle heat the water thru an exchanger.

Water Heaters | Suburban Water Heaters | RV Water Heaters

I have read about them, but have ZERO experience.
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I just caught the part where you stated "traveling down the road". Is there a reason you would need hot water while driving, as you also have to have a water supply at the same time?

I doubt you have it, but Suburban does make a Motoraid water heater:

This actually lets the motor of the vehicle heat the water thru an exchanger.

Water Heaters | Suburban Water Heaters | RV Water Heaters

I have read about them, but have ZERO experience.
My bosses holiday rambler has one.
There pretty interesting!
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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,
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I have a friend who has a (OLD M/H) it has the (Engine Water Heater Setup) Boy what a Plumbing (Nightmare)! F/R would be (NUTs) to have this as a Option ever! Youroo!! Although History Does Repeat Itself!
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