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Old 05-10-2011, 11:33 AM   #11
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Thank you, I think I will probavly follow the same route...
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:30 PM   #12
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Thank you, I think I will probavly follow the same route...
Should you need a replacement electric element go to Home Depot. They sell a 120 volt / 1500 Watt or 2000 Watt element that works fine in the Suburban Water Heater depending on the size breaker you have for the element. They only cost around $10. They do sell a wrench should you need it for around $8, figures the tool almost costs as much as the part. Hopefully you'd only need to buy each once.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:07 PM   #13
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I had a question on the electric heat maybe you guys could help with... Is it safe to leave the electric heating switch (behind the hot water cover) always in the on position? And it will it only turn on when I flip the hot water switch in the galley (that's the master switch)? I worry if On means always on (it's own circuit) and I run the risk of it being switched on when on shore power and no water is in the tank. What do people normally do? Switch that on when lighting the tank?
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I had a question on the electric heat maybe you guys could help with... Is it safe to leave the electric heating switch (behind the hot water cover) always in the on position? And it will it only turn on when I flip the hot water switch in the galley (that's the master switch)? I worry if On means always on (it's own circuit) and I run the risk of it being switched on when on shore power and no water is in the tank. What do people normally do? Switch that on when lighting the tank?
That switch in the galley turns on the gas side of the water heater. If you leave the electric switch that's on the water heater on you will be heating water whenever connected to shore power. So you'll have to keep water in there or else the element will burn out. f you look in the Electrcial Panel there should be a breaker marked for the water heater. You can turn off the electric side there if you do decide to keep the switch on the water heater turned on.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:18 PM   #15
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These DSI/Electric water heaters are great. After years of using only propane heaters, it is great having the cost of heating the water included with the campground fees. And of course if I need it, the propane is always there for fast recovery. I anticipate a full load of propane will last me all season pending cool weather.
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Ours is run exclusively on electric except when the AC is turned on. AC/water/coffee maker all at the same time exceeds my 30 amp maximum. We use gas in the summer months and it isn't loud at all.
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:37 PM   #17
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My Franks Auto-transformer has a warning about not using the electric water heater element and the AC at the same time while it is boosting voltage. Since it "converts Amps to Volts" to boost voltage you can easily "over current" the pedestal breaker or burn up the auto-transformer if it does not pop.
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