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Old 01-13-2016, 04:33 PM   #11
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If you're handy with tools and basic wiring, just go to Lowes and buy a shallow j box and a 20 amp lighted switch. Cut the wire going to your 110 VAC heating element and wire the switch in series ... cut a hole for the switch box in a convenient place on an inside wall and finish wiring it up. I've done it on my last 3 fivers. I'm not a supporter of constantly flipping breakers nor going outside and flipping the little rocker switch near the WH.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:01 PM   #12
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Does anyone have an idea of how to drop a switch in the control panel for the water heater? My 381RBOK has a switch for the propane on the heater but the electric switch is outside next to the element access. The tech that did my walk through said they did that for safety so you didn't turn it on with no water in the tank. Seems awfully inconvenient to me. I know I could just trip the breaker but would like it to be in the control panel. I have open switch slots that just have the covers over them because they are unused.

This is a very easy mod . you can use a 12volt switch and have it in your control panel but you would need to incorporate a relay .no big deal . WW in the xlr forum installed a lighted switch for his unit inside .
For me i have no issues with going out and using the factory switch . and replacing that switch would also be a no-brainer .simple 120v rocker switch with spade leads
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:03 PM   #13
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:04 PM   #14
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I forgot you have to obviously wire the switch to the 12/3 accordingly.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:47 PM   #15
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Why do you need to switch off the water heater?

I am new to this forum and to travel trailers as we just purchased a 2015 Surveyor 201RBS in October and have only taken it out a couple of times this fall. I question why the water heater switch has to be shut off unless the water heater tank was drained for winter. During normal camping season the water heater should stay full so it seems logical to me that it would not be harmful to leave the water heater electrical switch in the on position. You would have to be careful to assure that the breaker at the power post was off before plugging in and unplugging but you should do this anyway.
As I mentioned, I am a novice and the few times we have camped I turned the switch off and on but after thinking about it I wonder if this is necessary. Please tell me if I am wrong.
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I am new to this forum and to travel trailers as we just purchased a 2015 Surveyor 201RBS in October and have only taken it out a couple of times this fall. I question why the water heater switch has to be shut off unless the water heater tank was drained for winter. During normal camping season the water heater should stay full so it seems logical to me that it would not be harmful to leave the water heater electrical switch in the on position. You would have to be careful to assure that the breaker at the power post was off before plugging in and unplugging but you should do this anyway.
As I mentioned, I am a novice and the few times we have camped I turned the switch off and on but after thinking about it I wonder if this is necessary. Please tell me if I am wrong.
You're most likely correct. I do know that on my older 2008 RV and on the new one after I disconnect from the city supply the water system does retain pressure. You can go in and wash hands if you're quick and turn the water off between wetting your hands to soap them and rinsing them. It boils down to that "what if" factor and we also plug in at the house but leave the water disconnected so the heater stays off unless we're out at a campground.
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I am new to this forum and to travel trailers as we just purchased a 2015 Surveyor 201RBS in October and have only taken it out a couple of times this fall. I question why the water heater switch has to be shut off unless the water heater tank was drained for winter. During normal camping season the water heater should stay full so it seems logical to me that it would not be harmful to leave the water heater electrical switch in the on position. You would have to be careful to assure that the breaker at the power post was off before plugging in and unplugging but you should do this anyway.
As I mentioned, I am a novice and the few times we have camped I turned the switch off and on but after thinking about it I wonder if this is necessary. Please tell me if I am wrong.
All it takes is one time of forgetting to turn the switch off before draining your tank to burn out your heating element. I leave the switch on my heater on all the time only because my trailer came with a switch on the inside as well. We typically only turn it on as needed.
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