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Old 04-25-2015, 11:04 AM   #1
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New A122 hardside A-frame questions

Just brought home our new popup. Could someone please walk me through the steps for using the hot water tank and heater? Thank you!
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:08 AM   #2
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Howdy JC Slugger, I moved your post to it's own thread.

This FAQ may help in the understanding/operation of the water heater if you have the Suburban brand:

Suburban's electric switch and much more

When you also stated heater, were you referring to the furnace or still the water heater?
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:29 AM   #3
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Thank you for the info. I will start reading now. I meant the hot water heater.
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Old 04-25-2015, 03:49 PM   #4
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So I have the SW4D water heater. So I don't have the electric option. My next question is, can I fill the water heater tank from city water rather than the holding tank? And am I correct in assuming that I must have the propane on at all times and the water heater switch turned on at all times. Or can I turn them on only when I expect to use them at a camp site (i.e. just before taking showers?) Thank you
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Your water heater runs on propane, so the propane tank valve must be open whenever you want to use the heater. If you haven't used the propane for awhile, it can be helpful to light a stove top burner to make sure the propane lines are purged of air and propane is flowing.

Your water heater will fill from either city water hookup (make sure you have turned on the water valve at the hookup!) or from your water holding tank (make sure the water pump in turned on and the tank is at least 1/3 full). You can turn off the water heater switch, water pump switch and propane when not in use, but remember that it can take about 20 minutes for cold water in the heater to warm up.
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Old 04-27-2015, 10:30 AM   #7
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Just brought home our new popup. Could someone please walk me through the steps for using the hot water tank and heater? Thank you!
In addition to Big Vic's info, the water heater has a winterizing bypass kit installed. Unless you live in a sub-tropical area of the country, you will want to prep your camper with RV anti-freeze at the start of winter. You can reach the water heater (and some other appliances) by removing the plywood on the top of the service side bench. This is also good to know just in case the dealer left it set on bypass.
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A related question about draining water -

so, if you drain out all of the water from the main water drain line valve, does the hot water tank remain filled with water?

It looks like removal of the anode is the only way to drain the hot water tank...
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:20 AM   #9
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Yes, if you want to drain the water heater, and you should whenever you want to winterize your system, you will want to remove the anode. Many of these take a 1-1/16 socket, usually on a 1/2-inch drive. A small extension makes this easier. Some say leave the anode out over the winter, some say it doesn't matter. Jury's still out as far as I know. Another benefit to this is it provides an opportunity for you to see what condition your anode is in, and whether it needs to be replaced.

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Another benefit to this is it provides an opportunity for you to see what condition your anode is in, and whether it needs to be replaced.
And yet another benefit is you'll see how easy it will be to replace the anode with a Hott Rod or similar unit. Adding an electric conversion saves using propane when you have shore power available. And you can heat the water a lot faster when used in combination with the propane. For dry camping you'll still have the stock propane setup.
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