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Old 04-07-2015, 11:54 PM   #1
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2015 Stealth 2313 water heater problem

I have a problem with my water heater. Gas works fine. No heat on electric. Before everybody says it's the element, there isn't any power to the heater.

The switch inside the water heater is on. I pulled to switch, no power to the switch.

The breaker (see side question) is on and I can measure 120v out of the breaker.

The switch on the inside panel (for various items like water pump, fuel station pump, the electric water heater, and gas water heater) is on and lit. The wires leading to the inside switch are 12v. So I assume there is a relay somewhere I haven't found yet.

I also haven't found exactly where the connection is made to the water heater. I thought I may have to remove the water heater in order to see that.

any help would be appreciated. Any body have a trailer schematic?

as a side question... I found that when I turned of the 20 amp. breaker labeled "hot water heater" the air conditioner went off. The breaker labeled "Air conditioner" is a 15 amp breaker. Does that seem backwards?

For all I know the water heater was never connected by the factory.

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Old 04-08-2015, 01:54 AM   #2
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We have seen a lot of times that the water heater itself is not even plugged into an outlet.




You may have to remove a false panel, unscrew a fake hinge, go thru a cabinet, or other to access the backside of the water heater. Once you do access it, the first thing to do is to find the electrical cord for the water heater and see if it's even plugged into an outlet. (or connected to an electrical circuit)

On many RV's (not all though), it will require access to the backside of the water heater to get to the water heater bypass valves for winterization....... so it's a good idea to know what you must do to access from the inside of the RV anyway.

I am assuming you have a Suburban water heater as you indicated there is a switch (inside) the heater, but think you mean on the face of the heater. If this is correct and you have another 'inside the RV' switch for the electric side of your heater..... yes there is a relay. I just posted a file for this type of Suburban the other day in a separate thread. Let me see if I can find it. I think the relay part number is 232948, which I have written on a pad still in front of my computer.

And yes, it does seem your breakers are labeled wrong. My RV has a 20 amp for the air conditioner and a 15 amp for the water heater circuit. Mine is very similar to this google search pic.

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Old 04-08-2015, 09:55 AM   #3
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I did remove the false panel for the water heater. WOW! Mine is nothing like the wide open space of the picture you showed. (I'll send a picture when I get home). Mine barely has any room to stick my arm in there. I didn't see an outlet but will look deeper into the abyss. May have move/remove furnace ducting to be able to see. Very tightly packed!


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Old 04-08-2015, 09:59 AM   #4
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It could be wired into a junction box direct, instead of an outlet. If you will look at the first pic, you can see where the electrical cord is coming from on the side of the water heater. If there is a way to access/see your water heater, you should be able to trace wiring or cords coming from there and see where it goes...as well as what's at the end of the wires/romex/cord.

If it's a cord with a male plug on it, then it's obvious it has to be plugged into an outlet, if it's not already.
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By the way.... Do you know where the relay might be located?


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Just out of curiosity. ....
How are you attempting to turn the electric side on?

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By the way.... Do you know where the relay might be located?


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I highly doubt that is the problem, but will answer the question for future, as it's good to know. From what I've seen, it's most likely in a junction box on the side of the heater, basically where the cord is coming from. Let me see if I can find that schematic again.

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Part #58, appears to be in the electrical junction box (#47).



Figures 4 (12 volt side of relay) and 5 (120 volt side of relay) on page 7 of this pdf will show you how the 12 volt inside switches to the propane and electrical are wired and the relay in the junction box.

http://www.riversidetrailer.com/Manu...r%20Heater.pdf

EDIT: I believe I was able copy the schematics from the pdf above.
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Just out of curiosity. ....
How are you attempting to turn the electric side on?

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As it appears to never have worked my procedure could be wrong....


(Circuit breaker is on, water is on, water heater tank is full)
1) connect to shore power.
2) turn on switch inside the water heater.
3) turn on the panel switch.
4) wait for hot water.
5) .... Keep waiting as it never heats
6) turn on gas to heat water.

End of procedure.


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As it appears to never have worked my procedure could be wrong....


(Circuit breaker is on, water is on, water heater tank is full)
1) connect to shore power.
2) turn on switch inside the water heater.
3) turn on the panel switch.
4) wait for hot water.
5) .... Keep waiting as it never heats
6) turn on gas to heat water.

End of procedure.


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So you have a "inside the coach on/off" electric switch and a "inside the wh compartment on/off" electric switch.
Both must be on in order for the "electric" side to work.
Which it sounds like your doing.
Btw in the future the "inside the coach" electric switch is the only one you need to turn on and off, leave the outer always on.

Now if I read correctly you've checked power @ both switches?

Also just the other day a guy on here said his on/off switch was mislabeled "on" was actually "off" .



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I don't actually turn on/off the switch inside the water heater. I just leave it on. I just felt if I left it out them people would say "you need to turn on the switch at the water heater"

Wanted to be clear that I have done all these things.


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