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Old 09-02-2014, 01:25 PM   #11
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I'm looking into the Hott Rod H/W electric conversion kit. Installs pretty easy and just plugs it into a 110v outlet. Won't forget to turn it off as once the 110 is disconnected the power goes off to it. They have them at CW in 6 and 10 Gallon sizes.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:33 PM   #12
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I'm looking into the Hott Rod H/W electric conversion kit. Installs pretty easy and just plugs it into a 110v outlet. Won't forget to turn it off as once the 110 is disconnected the power goes off to it. They have them at CW in 6 and 10 Gallon sizes.
We've discussed those several times here in the forums. IIRC, the anode portion of the hott rod is not cheap, and will need to be replaced more frequently than a regular anode rod, which Suburban brand water heaters need the anode.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:35 PM   #13
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I think that is more for converting propane only WH's to propane/electric which yours already is. You already have a controller board and all that so I don't know if it would benefit you much for the extra $70. At the moment, all you need is a new element. Yours also will shut off when you disconnect shore power. Just sayin...
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:37 PM   #14
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What's the advantage to a Hot Rod over a standard element? I've never seen them before.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:39 PM   #15
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I'm looking into the Hott Rod H/W electric conversion kit. Installs pretty easy and just plugs it into a 110v outlet. Won't forget to turn it off as once the 110 is disconnected the power goes off to it. They have them at CW in 6 and 10 Gallon sizes.
I also seem to remember these being low wattage (requires more time to heat) compared to the 1440 watt factory installed suburban electric elements.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:47 PM   #16
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I would think it would be easier to replace the Hott rod over the element? I see what wmtire is saying about cost but anything on a specialized unit cost more than the regular equipment. I've never used the electric on my H/W heater before my has a cotter key through the switch and the instructions for using it seemed complicated. Maybe I should look at it again. But the hot rod looked to be easier to use.
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Not so much. As is you just pull out the cotter pin, flip the switch and your rollin. Might just give yours a try a few times to see how it meets your needs. But to each his own. Looks like the hot rod just screws in the same as the anode that's in there now. But I dunno.. I never tried one.
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:00 PM   #18
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1440 Watt elements are available at Ace Hardware(Camco). Home Depot and Lowes carry 1500 Watt that work fine. Wrench is available that all three. This video makes it a little easier:
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This video makes it a little easier:
Great resource! Thanks!

And apologies to the OP for hijacking his thread about the Hot Rod's.
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thanks for all the help and esp the video. Replaced the element last night. Was suprised how easy it was

It took longer to run back to Lowes to get the wrench than it did to install. I had a rack of shower handle wrenches but they only went to 1 7/16 inch. You need the 1 1/2 inch wrench.

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