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Old 11-30-2014, 06:47 PM   #1
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Thermostat, Water Heater, What do I have?

I purchased a 2004 Cedar Creek 30 RLBS 5thWheeler last year (no manuals provided), I am still trying to figure out how everything works. First of all, I need to purchase a new anode for the hot water tank however I do not know what model I have for ordering. I have a picture of the water heater and I hope someone can tell me what I have so that I can order a new one.

Secondly, I am not sure about how to operate some of my controls particularly the HVAC controls and water system controls. I have a picture here of the thermostat and I know how to operate the bottom one in the picture to turn on/off the air and heat, but what is the top control for?

Lastly, please look at the picture of the water tank system. I have a top switch that is labeled tank heater but is this for the electric/gas heater for the hot water tank or for the water heaters on the holding tanks so that they don't freeze? On that picture, on the control labeled KIB there is a HTR switch. Is that for the hot water tank heater? If is for the electric or gas on/off switch for the tank?

I appreciate any information someone can provide me. I see that there is a wealth of manual for systems on this site, however I don't know what model of equipment I have to download the proper manual. I hope someone can tell me what I have so that I can download the proper manuals.

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Old 11-30-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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You have a Suburban brand water heater. This FAQ may help in the operation of it:

Suburban's electric switch and much more

The third picture you have (with tank heater), the propane side of your water heater is controlled by the switch right above the electrical outlet that says "htr".

The electric heating element side of your water heater (when equipped) will have a switch on the face of the water heater itself, which is more fully explained in the FAQ I linked you too.

The anode rods are the same for Suburban 6 and 10 gallon models:

http://www.amazon.com/Suburban-232767-Magnesium-Anode-Rod/dp/B003VAYRNM
/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417392167&sr=8-1&keywords=suburban+anode+rod

It's always possible, when buying a used RV, that the previous owner has made modifications and add-ons. There is a possibility that the switch that says tank heater is actually for the heaters inside the water tanks to keep them from freezing (and makes the most sense).........but some people also modify their RV's so they don't have to go outside to turn on the electric heating element for their water heater too, by adding an inside the RV switch to control it.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:55 PM   #3
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The middle picture is of your two thermostats. One is for the fantastic fan. The one labled Duotherm is for the furnace and AC. These are basically cheap junk. If you want decent control replace it with a Hunter Douglas battery operated model. Cost is about 25 dollars and worth the time to replace it.
On the model you have, you select either heat or cool and set the desired temp. Leave fan on auto. Hi/lo only works for the AC
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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Thanks Guys

Thanks guys for your replies, this really does help. Last question, what is the Tank Heater switch on the top that is red in the last picture?
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:26 PM   #5
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Unless your RV parts store is local. I suggest buying two anode rods. They are inexpensive and depending on the water quality where you are you may need to replace them every few years.
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I'm not much help but wanted to point out the library section of the forums to you. If you look up top to the lighter green line you will see where it says portal, user CP, library, faq, etc. Lots of good helpful info there. Also, lots of helpful knowledgeable people here. Good luck.
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Thanks guys for your replies, this really does help. Last question, what is the Tank Heater switch on the top that is red in the last picture?

Should be heated 12v pads placed on your holding tanks. Not sure if it's on the fresh water tank. Sure others would know. I have read that is not on that tank but I am not positive. The switch should light up to let you know it is on.


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