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Old 04-01-2008, 02:09 PM   #1
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Water heater question?

Our new 8265S has a on/off switch on the water heater itself to convert it to electrical operation. Then there is a on/off switch along with a reset button on the main switch board inside the trailer. We almost always use our water heater on electric. It seems to me that if the switch inside the trailer is on, the heater lites and runs on gas. If I turn off the switch inside the trailer and switch on the switch on the water heater, it runs just on electric. This means that I have to turn on the switch on the water heater for every camping trip once I have water connected to the trailer (so I won't burn up the water heater heating element). I can't believe FR designed this system like this. It must be something I'm missing. My old Fleetwood 5th wheel had a switch inside the trailer for electric operation of the water heater. To run it on gas, you had to actually go outside and lite the pilot by hand.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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It's not a FR design. It's a Suburban design and that's pretty much the standard across the board now. If I remember right, Powerboatr rigged up a switch to the inside of his trailer.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:54 PM   #3
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found it

http://forestriverforums.com/forums/...ead.php?t=1316
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:10 PM   #4
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hey i know that guy

yep we to had the outside switch to kill the electric element and the switch inside to turn it to gas operations

now we have two switches inside
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that's another one of my 'round toos
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:49 PM   #6
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I'm at work so I can't run outside and look but......
don't you have a circuit breaker that says water heater???
If you do you can turn the 110 V off with that instead
of going outside in all sorts of weather to flip the switch
inside the WH panel.
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:14 PM   #7
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I'm at work so I can't run outside and look but......
don't you have a circuit breaker that says water heater???
If you do you can turn the 110 V off with that instead
of going outside in all sorts of weather to flip the switch
inside the WH panel.

That's a good idea. When I get home, I'll check to see if it has a breaker switch isolated for the water heater. If so, I'll just leave the one on the water heater itself in the on position, and just use the one on the breaker panel to operate the electrical function of the water heater.
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:37 PM   #8
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I have an 8314ss and my hot water heater works the same way, I use the breaker to control the on/off operation. The other good thing about useing the breaker is that you know for a fact that the hot water heater is OFF, and I turn off the breaker for the microwave as well.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:57 PM   #9
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I have an 8314ss and my hot water heater works the same way, I use the breaker to control the on/off operation. The other good thing about useing the breaker is that you know for a fact that the hot water heater is OFF, and I turn off the breaker for the microwave as well.
Thanks guys for the info, I have never thought of that, sometimes it is the smallest things you dont think of. Thanks again for the breaker idea!!!
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lucky me
my fridge, water heater and an outlet are all on the same 20 amp breaker
it was originally a 15 amp breaker and when the fridge was on electric and the water heater was heating it pulled 14.5-14.9 amps sometimes 16 and pop goes the breaker, and used to get very very HOT
so i swapped in a 20 amp and viola its all good
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