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Old 01-29-2015, 03:39 PM   #31
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Some on here will say don't go to Lowe's/HomeDepot for a replacement.

Some on here will say do go to Lowe's/HomeDepot for a replacement.



Be sure to take the bad one with you and make sure you get one for 110v.



Our sob 5er had a switch inside, I only replaced the element once.

The switch is at the heater SO we're on our 3rd from Lowe's, next yr I'm sure we'll be on our 4th , we never turn it off and almost never use gas.



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Might just order from Suburban.


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Old 01-29-2015, 03:41 PM   #32
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Might just order from Suburban.


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Old 01-29-2015, 03:41 PM   #33
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How close is your nearest rv dealer?

Looks to me like 3 or 4 rv dealers 30 miles from you in Bend Oregon
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Or wait til I get to Tucson. Plenty of dealers there. Looks like I'm going to need help getting the element out. They sure didn't make it easy or I'm looking at it wrong. Can't get to it.


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Old 01-29-2015, 03:48 PM   #35
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Exactly what I needed. Now if I can find an element and the wrench before I leave Monday. Thanks so much


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Found an element, but not the wrench. Search continues tomorrow.


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Shoutout to Flybob and Fonzie. Gave me everything I needed to solve my problem. Found an element and wrench this morning. My problem now is I can't budge the old element. Locked in. Put some penetrating oil on it. So far, no luck. Running out of time. At least I have gas as a fallback.


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Shoutout to Flybob and Fonzie. Gave me everything I needed to solve my problem. Found an element and wrench this morning. My problem now is I can't budge the old element. Locked in. Put some penetrating oil on it. So far, no luck. Running out of time. At least I have gas as a fallback.


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Sad to say you most likely need to change the anode as well (different socket there too 1 1/16). The anode's job is to prevent rust and corrosion in the tank. Sounds like your heating element is rusted in there good.

Try some penetrating oil and GENTLY tapping on the metal of the element. Pounding on it may crack the porcelain coating on the tank walls.

A long "cheater bar" and a short extension will also help loosen that stubborn element (and anode).
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Sad to say you most likely need to change the anode as well (different socket there too 1 1/16). The anode's job is to prevent rust and corrosion in the tank. Sounds like your heating element is rusted in there good.



Try some penetrating oil and GENTLY tapping on the metal of the element. Pounding on it may crack the porcelain coating on the tank walls.



A long "cheater bar" and a short extension will also help loosen that stubborn element (and anode).

Anode is fine. Wrench doesn't give me much clearance with side of MH. Hard to get leverage with a cheater bar.


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