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Old 05-06-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Here is a link to photos of the process to replace your heating element-
Suburban water heater electric element R&R

Home Depot no longer carries the camco 1500 watt 120v element.
They have others but they are long.

Update- March 2017
Found this at
Utilitech Water Heater Screw Element
Item # 146227 Model # 9008069046
$9.78 in stock at MY local Lowes store.
The photo appears to be the short version which should fit an RV water heater
very nicely.

Remember- you want a 1500 Watt 120 volt -short- screw in element.

Good Luck!

You'll also need a special deep socket to fit.
Just search Home Deopt or Lowes for water heater element socket.
These are typically around $7. You don't need an automotive heavy deep socket
that costs $20 unless you already have one in your tool box.

They do have a 2000 watt 120v heater but it would draw about 16.6 amps.
That would clearly trip a 15 amp breaker.
The 1500 watt 120v heater should draw about 12.5 amps which will work
very nicely.

FYI I removed the cover and visually checked the fusable link on the
T-stat/hi limit switch. It is good

Last time about 3 years ago, when heater blew for unknown reason
(maybe close lightning strike) it took out the heater AND the fusable
link on the t-stat/hi limit switch.

Here's a YouTube video how to change the element.


and happy camping!
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