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Old 04-13-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
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Water Heater switch left on?

Just realized I forgot to turn the water heater switch off on the trailer, but the water and gas are both off... Will this do any damage to the system? I'm afraid something will happen when the heater goes to ignite again and there is no gas or water available.

It's a 2014 Salem Forest River 31QBTS Travel Trailer

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:40 PM   #2
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you referring to the propane switch? It just wont light since the gas is off
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:06 AM   #3
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I am referring to the on switch for the water heater as well as the pump switch. both were left in the on position.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:18 AM   #4
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Is your camper plugged in?

If not then your fine.

But if there's no water in the tank and you plug it in with switch on you'll burn up the heating element.

As far as your water pump goes I hope you don't get a leak if there's water in the tank.

If there's no water in the tank it's possible the pump will run till the battery is dead.
Unless you used the battery disconnect switch if you have one.

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What turbs said.

If you left the gas switch on and you have direct spark ignition the control board should go into "lockout" mode. This should happen after several attempts to light the burner fail because you turned the gas off.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:34 AM   #6
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the camper is plugged in; there is electric to the whole camper but no water and no propane.

will this cause any damage to the system? or will it just have to be reset?
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:42 AM   #7
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It's possible you will be fine but it's just possible.

You say NO water.
IS there water in the lines and fresh water tank?

IF the tank is empty the water pump will probably try to run at some
point. It won't build pressure so it will keep running and running and running.
It might burn out but it will eventually fail. I accidentally left mine on
3 or 4 hours once in my driveway.
I just happened to walk by the trailer and heard it humming.
It still works 3 years later but it's not a good idea and I know it would
have died an ugly death eventually.

If the water heater has water in it-- and no LP the control board will
fault out after failing to light and that won't hurt it.
IF the water heater tank is also empty AND you have the electric element
ON it is already burned out.

You really need someone to go shut off the pump and WH.
Good luck!
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the camper is plugged in; there is electric to the whole camper but no water and no propane.

will this cause any damage to the system? or will it just have to be reset?
If you are plugged in and the electric switch (on the water heater) is on, and no water in the tank, the element is fried. As for the propane, no problem.
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I'm not sure how much water is in the tank, but I'm assuming its not completely empty because we used plenty of running water over the weekend and didn't drain it out after cutting off the water source
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I am referring to the on switch for the water heater as well as the pump switch. both were left in the on position.
If you have the Suburban water heater, it may have two switches....one for the DSI/Propane and another switch for the electric heating element. The confusion, is in which switch (or both) you may be referring to as being left in the on position.

This may help in the understanding (and possible location) of the switches (if applicable to your water heater).

Suburban's electric switch and much more
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