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Old 11-17-2018, 09:00 PM   #1
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We have no hot water. We have never turned the tank heater on at the control panel and always had hot water. We are currently fully hooked up. We just had our rv Winterized and then dewinterized as we came south. Is there something we now need to do to get hot water?
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:07 PM   #2
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We have no hot water. We have never turned the tank heater on at the control panel and always had hot water. We are currently fully hooked up. We just had our rv Winterized and then dewinterized as we came south. Is there something we now need to do to get hot water?
Did you open the WH buy pass?? Did you fill the WH with water.
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:16 PM   #3
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We have no hot water. We have never turned the tank heater on at the control panel and always had hot water. We are currently fully hooked up. We just had our rv Winterized and then dewinterized as we came south. Is there something we now need to do to get hot water?
If you have a control panel switch labeled "tank heater", that's for heating pads to keep holding tanks from freezing.


If your water heater is a Suburban, it most likely (cavie and I have learned not to be definitive!) has a little black on/off switch on its face behind its door/cover on the outside of your unit. If it's OFF, be sure you have water in the heater before you turn it on.


Do you have hot water briefly and then it goes lukewarm OR is there absolutely no heat in the water?
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:20 PM   #4
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If your R/V was winterized, part of that procedure is to bypass the water heater (close valves to isolate it during wintetization) and drain the water from the water heater.

If you de-winterized and didn't change the bypass valves, then your water heater doesn't have water in it.

Unfortunately, with no water in it and from your comments about never using the switch on the control panel, (which is most likely to control using it on propane) you've likely burned out the electric element. The switch for the electric side of the water heater is inside the outside access door to the water heater. All this is assuming you have a Suburban water heater.

Until we get some additional details, we are only speculating. What is your make/model of R/V and what is the make/model of the water heater?

It is possible that you could change the bypass valves and fill the water heater and use propane to heat the water but you'll need to make sure the electrical side is OFF before going any further.

If you don't understand how the water heater works (on both electrical and propane) it might be best to seek help from someone who does.
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We have no hot water. We have never turned the tank heater on at the control panel and always had hot water.
I'm not understanding this. How can you have hot water if you don't turn the propane or electric WH switch on?
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I'm not understanding this. How can you have hot water if you don't turn the propane or electric WH switch on?
My bet is the electric switch has always been on.
The OP simply plugged in and it would start heating. I'm guessing they don't even know about the outside switch. This also assumes the water system doesn't get drained between uses.

I know... I know... that's a lot of betting, guessing and assuming!
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My bet is the electric switch has always been on.
The OP simply plugged in and it would start heating. I'm guessing they don't even know about the outside switch. This also assumes the water system doesn't get drained between uses.

I know... I know... that's a lot of betting, guessing and assuming!
I thought the same thing which could mean that there was no water in the WH, therefore frying the heating element, as you suggested.
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I'll third (or fourth) the idea that the hot water tank is bypassed from winterizing.
Sounds like the switch is a tank heater for the freshwater tank, not for the water heater.
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Assuming that this is a Suburban water heater and that the OP "had" the RV winterized and de-winterized that it was done by a professional. If that is the case the tech may have turned off the electric element when he winterized it and it didn't get turned back on. The fix may be as simple as opening the door to the water heater and turning the switch on.
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