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Old 09-17-2013, 07:48 PM   #1
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Hot water heater

We just purchased a new FR3 motor home. We did not receive a manual for the hot water heater. It seems to have an anode rod. Does anyone know if it heats using 110v as well as propane?

Also, how would I go about getting a manual for the hot water heater and the furnace?


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Old 09-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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I would call the dealer you purchased your unit from. Most all of the RV's come with a Hot Water Heater that is electric / propane. You may also find the information on your unit's web sight. I have a fifth wheel and the Hot Water Heater works on both or either one.
If you locate your Hot Water Heater you can look to see if you have the orfice and propane line going to it.

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Old 09-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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For RV units, the majority have either an Atwood brand (no anode) or Suburban, which DOES have an anode.

To know if you have electric and/or propane, can you identify the model number.......usually found somewhere inside the access door panel. (something like SWDE10 ETC) If it is propane, you will have a hot water heater control switch inside your rig on the control panel. Activate the switch to the ON position, and you should see the red light go ON for a few seconds while it ignites the unit to heat the water. When it does ignite, the light goes OUT, and you should be able to hear the gas fired heater outside your rig. It will regulate itself ON and OFF as it keeps the water temp within range for temperature.

If you have electric, you will find a small black rocker switch in the lower left corner of the heater unit, inside the access door panel outside. (remove locking pin to activate) This must be turned ON to heat with electricity. WARNING........make sure there IS water in the heater tank before turning ON this switch or you will burn out the heating element.

Documentation can be found online depending on your model.

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i would contact your dealer and tell them you never got one.

and if you simply go to the WH's or furnace's manufacturer website, they'll have all the manuals available there, IF you know the model number.
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Originally Posted by vfp View Post
Also, how would I go about getting a manual for the hot water heater and the furnace?
Originally Posted by kenandterry View Post

Documentation can be found online depending on your model.
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and if you simply go to the WH's or furnace's manufacturer website, they'll have all the manuals available there, IF you know the model number.
Or you can click on the "library" tab at the top of the page of your favorite Forest River Forums site you are currently on, that has all kind of owners manuals and user guides at your fingertips.

If you do this, you will get this page:

Forest River Forums - Downloads

where as you can peruse all kind of great information. Furnaces will be under the heating and cooling section there.

Check out the plumbing section, where you can download Suburban, Girard, and Atwood water heater manuals.

Forest River Forums - Downloads - Plumbing, Propane and Water Systems

This library is often overlooked and forgotten that we have available.

It's real easy to download all the manuals you need to a computer, notebook, smartphone, or maybe even a usb flashdrive so you can have them with you at all times. It's a digital way to keep your owners manuals................provided by your ever diligent fellow members here on the forums.
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