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Old 09-19-2011, 12:11 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the advise.. looks like the CB is the new on/off switch.
I think the only time I have to turn the electric portion of the heater off is when a generator is used . Otherwise is there any reason to turn it off?
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:15 PM   #12
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IF you were winterized and wanted to charge batteries by plugging in your
RV the hot water heater element would burn out instantly if you left it on.
I try to remember to flip the breaker off any time we're not using the
trailer.
I also occasionally plug in at home via 16 ga extension cord just to top up
batteries. I don't want the HWH coming on for no reason.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:24 PM   #13
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Thanks great tip
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:45 PM   #14
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wall switch

Does the water heater switch, on the wall turn off the electric portion of the heater ,or just the propane portion?
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The wall switch is just for propane on my trailer; I would think it's probably the same for other trailers.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:37 PM   #16
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seems dangerous not knowing at a glance that there is a coil on in your water tank.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:57 PM   #17
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Circuit breaker HELP.

WOW!! just checked the camper and water is HOT.. wall switch is off.
Now my problem.. No circuit breaker says water heater..
Here is what I got to work with. Please help .
MAIN----30
A/C---20
CONV--15
GEN--15
GFI--15
MICRO--15
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:20 PM   #18
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You said you got your outside water heater switch un-stuck.
Are you sure it's in the off position??
It could be internally stuck on I suppose.

My water heater actually plugs into a receptacle that's hidden behind the
water heater tank. It's possible that yours is also. If you can access the
back side of your HWH look for an outlet you can un-plug.

Alternative is get someone with a meter who knows how to use it.
Find the voltage at the HWH and then switch off breakers one at a time
until you get the one that shuts off the voltage to the heater.

It's probably time for you to seek professional help unless you have a
knowledgeable friend or neighbor. This is still pretty basic electrical stuff
but sometimes ya just gotta pay the man!
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:27 PM   #19
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plug

I have the switch set " ON " witch is OK . Just supprised the heater is not disabled with a wall switch, I think mine is plugged into an outlet.
sure makes trouble shooting the CB a little easier. thanks
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:23 PM   #20
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Just put a meter in the heater outlet and tried the cb's .
the CONV breaker is the one that kills the outlet.
from what I can tell with the dimming lights -- etc this is not a breaker I should turn off to control my water heater...
I guess just unplugging it for now is OK - BUT I will have to add a switch in the near future. This Friday We are going Fall camping for the next 6 weeks at jellystone (Fall DAys).
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