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Old 02-10-2013, 10:56 AM   #1
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Control panel

There are two switches on control panel, one water heater and one tank heater. What do each do?
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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The Water heater switch lights up the gas water heater and the tank heater switch turns on the black and grey water tank heating pads that are on the underside of the tanks.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:27 PM   #3
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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If you run your water heater on electric, that switch is located ON THE HEATER TANK itself, accessible through the access door on the side of the unit. If on electric, you don't need to turn on the water heater GAS switch on the panel, but doing so will make your water get hot quicker.
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And make sure you have water in your tank BEFORE you turn it on electric - or the electric heater will blow out in 8 seconds.

Maybe we should start over.

You can heat your water one of two ways -propane or electric. Turn on the inside switch that says water heater and that is the propane. It works just fine and if you turn it on without water - no biggie.

You can also turn on the electric heater for your water heater. That you go outside the RV to the water heater cover, remove that and fine an upside down switch hidden (ours is lower left corner). It's hidden b/c you don't want to turn it on on accident.

You can also run both at the same time and your water will heat back up more quickly.
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To add to road trips post you must also purge air from hw heater while filling it.
Either through a facet or the pressure relief valve on hw heater.
Personally I do it through the pr valve.
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To add to road trips post you must also purge air from hw heater while filling it.
Either through a facet or the pressure relief valve on hw heater.
Personally I do it through the pr valve.
really???

Ummm, I'm asking for a friend. Let's say this friend just hooks up shore water, turns it on and then turns on the electric hw heater.

Some few minutes to hours later, my friend might turn on a faucet to make sure water is warming.

What is this purging while filling you speak of? My friend says.
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Initially, the water heater and water lines are "empty", actually filled with air. When you connect to shore water, or use the water in your fresh water tank and pump, you must replace the air in the tank and lines with water by opening a faucet (or the pressure relief valve for the heater only). This is called purging the system.
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really???

Ummm, I'm asking for a friend. Let's say this friend just hooks up shore water, turns it on and then turns on the electric hw heater.

Some few minutes to hours later, my friend might turn on a faucet to make sure water is warming.

What is this purging while filling you speak of? My friend says.
well that depends on whether the system was truly dry to start with. During the season, we typically do not drain our system between trips, so the hot water heater is never really empty.
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