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Old 05-17-2019, 05:32 AM   #1
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Our second trip in our new 5th wheel. Decided to try out the propane side of the water heater. Good thing I stuck my head out the door and looked back. Someone vorgot to tighten the connection to the gas valve! Spent the rest of the day checking all gas connections.
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Did you put Tef tape on those fittings ? Most of the copper/brass fittings...flared or compression...do not require, nor is it recommended that tape be put on the threads.
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Can I ask why you have the electric heating element cover off. It's laying beside the teflon tape and goes where I have the red lines drawn (as per the second pic). I am just wondering if this was left off or fell off for some reason.


Also, what I have circled , is this burn marks on your trailer from the water heater?
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:16 AM   #4
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Did you put Tef tape on those fittings ? Most of the copper/brass fittings...flared or compression...do not require, nor is it recommended that tape be put on the threads.
This is correct. The only place you should use PTFE tape is on tapered threads. Thatís it.

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Yes the cover is off. I was checking for power to the element. And yes that is a burn or soot from raw gas and wires were also burnt in the process. Flames were a 1-1/2 feet high. Like I said, good thing I looked out the door right away. My other trailer had a switch inside for gas and electric. This one has a switch for gas inside and a switch on the tank for electric.
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Yes the cover is off. I was checking for power to the element. And yes that is a burn or soot from raw gas and wires were also burnt in the process. Flames were a 1-1/2 feet high. Like I said, good thing I looked out the door right away. My other trailer had a switch inside for gas and electric. This one has a switch for gas inside and a switch on the tank for electric.

That sure could have been catastrophic. Hope you get back with your dealer/manufacturer on this, since it's a new RV.


As far as the switches, you have a Suburban SWDE model water heater. This FAQ explains the operation of:


Suburban's electric switch and much more
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Yes the cover is off. I was checking for power to the element. And yes that is a burn or soot from raw gas and wires were also burnt in the process. Flames were a 1-1/2 feet high. Like I said, good thing I looked out the door right away. My other trailer had a switch inside for gas and electric. This one has a switch for gas inside and a switch on the tank for electric.
I liked that same set up my old Jayco.
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