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Old 09-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #11
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Ducks like cold water......
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Ducks like cold water......
Indeed. And they don't heat hot water either.... LOL
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #13
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They would have hot water if you taught them to turn the switch on at the water heater.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:38 PM   #14
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The switch located on the control pan behind the burner tube is the only 110v
switch on the Suburban SW water heaters.
Turning on AC power via the pedestal or generator will not automatically switch the water heater to 110v operation. You must
manually turn the switch on to get power to the heating element. This is to prevent the heating element from coming on when there is no water in the heaters tank.

I have also found no useful purpose for a hot water heater in any of my RVing experiences.
I'm going to have to look at my water heater again. What you explain above makes a lot more sense. Sorry if I caused any confusion.
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I'm going to have to look at my water heater again. What you explain above makes a lot more sense. Sorry if I caused any confusion.
Sidney,
If your 110v water heater element is coming on with the switch Off, your switch may be fused. This could be possible if you plug into a hot pedestal with the switch on or it could be a defective switch.
You could put a meter on the element and, with the switch off, determine if there is current. If there is, you will need a new switch... under warranty of course.
Hope this helps.

p.s. just pulling your leg about the hot water heater thing. LOL

p.p.s. the Suburban will run with both gas and 110v simultaneously. I do this occasionally when I want hot water immediately after my DW indulges in a Hollywood.
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Ducky, I've heard of a 'Navy shower'. I've taken plenty of those in our old TT with the 6 gal water heater but not a 'Hollywood'. Is it the polar opposite?
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Ducky, I've heard of a 'Navy shower'. I've taken plenty of those in our old TT with the 6 gal water heater but not a 'Hollywood'. Is it the polar opposite?
Why yes it is.
Quote from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navy_shower

The United States Navy phrase Hollywood shower contrasts with navy shower, and refers to long lavish showers without limits on water usage.[3][4]
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Ahh.....gotcha. Inquiring minds wanted to know...
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p.p.s. the Suburban will run with both gas and 110v simultaneously. I do this occasionally when I want hot water immediately after my DW indulges in a Hollywood.
We too sometimes run both the gas and electric heaters for faster recovery, although normally I leave the gas off. It took me a few fumbling tries to figure it all out. The DSI switch to start the gas heater is in the control panel inside the trailer in my unit. When I set up, I run water from any hot water spigot in the trailer to be sure the tank is full, then I turn on the switch in the heater compartment. When leaving I switch it off. I don't drain the tank though. Should I?
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I don't drain the tank though. Should I?
That depends on whether or not you will get a hard freeze and how long it will be sitting without being run.

The freeze goes without saying. The length of time sitting is a guess. You could get a mineral deposit issue or a mold/slime situation. It depends on the quality of water in the tank and the condition of your system. Mine sits for 8 months under Palm trees so mold is my biggest concern. Since I'm way farther south than you, it never hard freezes so I never winterize. I just flush and sterilize before we head North.
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