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Old 06-30-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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Which appliances work on propane, electric, or battery?

Hello,

We just bought our first RV yesterday, a Coachmen Clipper 17BH, 2016. We've been trying to figure out which of our appliances work on which power source, and the manuals that came with it are not very helpful since they try to cover every model ever made, and don't speak to our specific setup. Does anyone know where we can go to figure all this out? Specifically, these are the appliances:
Refrigerator
Water Heater
Microwave
Fans - the one in the bathroom and the one on the AC unit
AC
Furnace

Is there any way to get a more detailed manual for just our specific trailer model? All these generic manuals are driving me crazy!

Also, another weird question, we have an AM/FM/CD/Auxillary(MP3) stereo - Jensen JCD2010. The lights are always on (orange glow), and the clock is on. This worries me for battery drain. I don't it doesn't drain much, but still... Is there anyway to turn it off completely? I couldn't find anything about it in the manual or online.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:59 AM   #2
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Refrigerator - gas or 120v electric (some also have 12v)
Water heater - gas or 120v electric
Microwave - 12v electric only
Fans - usually 12v
AC - 120v but 30 Amp
Furnace - gas and 12v

I wouldn't worry to much about the radio draining your battery. The gas detector and the refrigerator also draw some battery power as well.
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:44 PM   #3
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Microwave should be 120v electric only.
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:44 PM   #4
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Thanks so muchfor your responses!

The dealer told us today the water heater is only gas, using the battery to light it. But I swear yesterday when we picked it up the guy that showed us around said it would convert to 120v when we plug in. How can I tell?
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:51 PM   #5
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The water heater has a switch for gas and one for electric. It is not an automatic switch. You can also run with both on for a quicker recovery ( ie after shower). CAUTION do not turn on either WH switch unless the water heater is full of water, You can accomplish this several ways and there are pros and cons of each. Turn on Hot water faucet until water flows freely or open the over temp/pres valve outside on the WH. The electric element can be destroyed in a seconds if turned on without water.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:25 PM   #6
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Hi Flybob, thanks for your message. We cannot find a switch for electric, just the one for gas which is on our intelli-view monitor panel. We have looked all over the water heater and the panel outside and see no electric on off switch. Any ideas?
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:45 PM   #7
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On mine you have to get down real low to see the switch on the water heater. I don't have one but bet someone will post a picture.

Then again you might have a different heater. What type is it?
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Another example of a poor PDI from a dealer.
With kind of lousy info, I don't forsee very good support from them.

A good website for newbies is "the 12 volt side of life"
You learn how the two different electrical sides work.
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Open the outside access panel of the Water Heater. Look in the lower left corner for a black rocker switch ( it will be hidden behind the propane feed line). It may have a cotter pin in it to prevent accidentally turning it on. That is for electric. CAUTION again, be sure to turn it off when you drain WH . If you connect to shore power and it is on. You will burn up heating element in seconds.
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To expound on the water heater and refrigerator: they both need a trickle of 12 volts to run the control circuits. This is whether they are running 120 volt AC or propane. If your 12 volts drops below 10 volts or so it will cut off. Of course this only comes into play if running on propane since if on shore power it will keep the battery side of things at 12 volts.
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