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Old 06-01-2012, 05:56 AM   #1
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Waterheater brainfart

OK this is our third season in our 831RKSS and our last trip was the first this year. We don't have hot water unless I flip the 'hot water' rocker on the control panel and it lights blue. I thought that switch was for boondocking?

In the water heater access panel outside, the power switch is turned on and I tried to reset the breaker in the same exterior access panel. Maybe I had a tough winter but I don't remember any of this before, it just worked. We're leaving this afternoon for trip #2, thanks in advance for any and all help.
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I beleive that the rocker switch inside on the controll pannel is for propane operation. It really has nothing to do with "boondocking". If I understand you the switch on the outside of your unit is a small toggle switch. That switch is for the electric heating rod. Hope this helps
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:29 AM   #3
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How long did you wait after turning on the electric element in the heater? It takes a while for it to heat up the tank full of cold water.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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OK this is our third season in our 831RKSS and our last trip was the first this year. We don't have hot water unless I flip the 'hot water' rocker on the control panel and it lights blue. I thought that switch was for boondocking?

In the water heater access panel outside, the power switch is turned on and I tried to reset the breaker in the same exterior access panel. Maybe I had a tough winter but I don't remember any of this before, it just worked. We're leaving this afternoon for trip #2, thanks in advance for any and all help.
Fyi you can use both gas and electric to heat your hw. Or individually if wanted.
We use electric to keep hot and use both when taking showers for faster recovery.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:38 AM   #5
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Just remember.........the rocker switch in the outside panel is to power the electric heating element of the hot water tank when you camp with electrical services. If you had NO water in the hot water tank when this switch was in the "ON" position, you may have "cooked" the element, and you'll need to buy a new one. You mentioned this was your first trip this season, so I'm thinking your system had been drained for winterization????

The rocker switch inside your unit is to control the propane heater for the water tank. Once again, you would NOT want to activate this switch without any water in the tank, but you can use both elements, as mentioned, for faster recovery times.
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Just remember.........the rocker switch in the outside panel is to power the electric heating element of the hot water tank when you camp with electrical services. If you had NO water in the hot water tank when this switch was in the "ON" position, you may have "cooked" the element, and you'll need to buy a new one. You mentioned this was your first trip this season, so I'm thinking your system had been drained for winterization????

The rocker switch inside your unit is to control the propane heater for the water tank. Once again, you would NOT want to activate this switch without any water in the tank, but you can use both elements, as mentioned, for faster recovery times.
Ken keep in mind that newer models are coming with the electric switch for hw heater inside the camper and the switch on the hw heater is disabled.
I understand the op unit is several years old but may be the case in other units.
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Thanks guys.

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I beleive that the rocker switch inside on the controll pannel is for propane operation. It really has nothing to do with "boondocking". If I understand you the switch on the outside of your unit is a small toggle switch. That switch is for the electric heating rod. Hope this helps
I thought boondocking was when you would mainly use propane for the water heater, when you don't have power. Yes the outside switch is a small blck switch, well, the size of a house light switch.

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How long did you wait after turning on the electric element in the heater? It takes a while for it to heat up the tank full of cold water.
All day . I can only hear and feel the heater's exhaust after I flip the inside switch. So it looks like it's only running on propane. I did check the fuses but I'll check again. Thanks again.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:54 AM   #8
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Not all newer models Turbo...

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Ken keep in mind that newer models are coming with the electric switch for hw heater inside the camper and the switch on the hw heater is disabled.
I understand the op unit is several years old but may be the case in other units.

We just took delivery of a 2013 Windjammer 3008W with the hot water propane switch on the control panel and the electric operation switch tucked away at lower left of the outside access.
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Just remember.........the rocker switch in the outside panel is to power the electric heating element of the hot water tank when you camp with electrical services. If you had NO water in the hot water tank when this switch was in the "ON" position, you may have "cooked" the element, and you'll need to buy a new one. You mentioned this was your first trip this season, so I'm thinking your system had been drained for winterization????

The rocker switch inside your unit is to control the propane heater for the water tank. Once again, you would NOT want to activate this switch without any water in the tank, but you can use both elements, as mentioned, for faster recovery times.
Ken that's a good point and for a moment I thought of that. I equated it to a water heater hanging in an empty fish tank. I think I remember the switch being on when I pulled the panel cover. Arghhhhhhh! I bet that's the problem. Any idea how involved replacing the electric element is? Thanks.
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What model HWH do you have locknload? There might be a sticker on the right side of the panel with the model listed.
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