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Old 04-15-2014, 05:05 PM   #11
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Based strictly on my brain f-rt last fall, the hi limit is toast also. I replaced both hi limits (elec. & propane) with 140° when I had to replace the electric element. Like it much better, use less hot water than before.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:44 PM   #12
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Doug, page 20 of the service manual may help you, including the ohms for a good element.

http://dutchmen.com/image/data/docum...ice_Manual.pdf

It could possibly have other problems besides the element (hi-limit tstat, switch)

It took a really long time to heat water the other night. I had it on electric only at first and after 20 minutes or so turned on the propane. Still took quite a while to warm up.

Now that it is hot- it's fine but I still have it on propane and electric.
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It took a really long time to heat water the other night. I had it on electric only at first and after 20 minutes or so turned on the propane. Still took quite a while to warm up.

Now that it is hot- it's fine but I still have it on propane and electric.
Just go get you a new electric element AND the socket. I would also get the hi limit switch. CAUTION, unplug from shoreline before messing with it. Pull the hi limit switch and take it with you to get a new one and pay attention to which side the spade terminals are on and the size of them. Don't ask why I say this.
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Where do I get these from?
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Where do I get these from?
Camping World, rv dealer, eBay. I got my first element and hi limit from Camping Connection in Kissimmee and ordered spares on eBay, much, much cheaper. I now have an extra element and hi limits for both elec. & propane that actually fit. The replacement I got from CC I had to alter to get the connections to fit.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:18 AM   #16
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My electric element "sings" when it's heating. If you place your ear any
where near the tank either inside the trailer or outside next to the
burner door you can hear it when it's on. It sounds like whales in the
distance or a pot of water heating on an electric stove.
It's often the first sound I hear when I'm plugging in the camper.
(Right after the microwave beeps and starts flashing "set clock".)
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