Hello mgreen50. Don't feel bad...most of us have been there in your shoes before! As far as the water heater goes, I can tell you that switch that is outside under the access cover with a cotter pin through it is the water heater 120v power. Turn it on, and forget about it. It is FAR easier to turn that power on and off by the breaker located in the converter power box, usually under the fridge. It will be a breaker labeled water heater, and that is all it controls. Most all of us do that. As far as GAS water heater operation, the electric switch (breaker or outside switch- if you must) should be OFF. The power necessary for the water heater's ignition board is powered by 12 volts with a separate rocker wall switch anyway. The ONLY thing that 120 volts does when on shore power is heat the electric element to provide hot water. On gas mode, the gas burner and automatic pilot heat the water, ignition is 12 volts either way. It is somewhat confusing, but when plugged in to shore power, (120vac), the CONVERTER does just that- it "converts" almost everything to 12 volts. The only exception is the A/C, the microwave, the electric W/H element, and the fridge. All lights are always 12 volts, the heater is 12 volts and always gas, the power awnings and power tongue jacks (if equipped) also 12v. The stove and oven are gas only, and the fridge is gas or 120 volts electric. As far as the oven goes, the thing must be re-lit any time it is turned off- they are a pain in the a__! At least the stove has an igniter. Very easy to burn things in the oven, use the rack farthest from the flame, and keep the heat LOW. You can get success from the oven, if you PRACTICE with it. It makes very good frozen pizza!
Those tank indicators are VERY Unreliable- they get stuff on the probes and give false readings OFTEN. I personally haven't looked at mine in 2 or 3 years! Use CALGON water treatment (for soft water) in your tanks- it will make the walls slippery, and therefore make for a more complete dumping. After dumping, I use one capful of the liquid calgon and 2 gallons of water. While driving, it will get sloshed around in the tanks, making the walls slippery. I haven't used any other chemicals in my tanks or any flushers, and I have no bad odors ever. Hope this helps you out at least a little bit!!! Happy camping, Randy
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