Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-07-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
gregm59's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Clinton, MI
Posts: 83
SV291 Hot Water Heater

Hi, I guess I'm just getting old, but I can't remember if the light next to the hot water heater switch in front of the sink stays on when it is being heated with gas. I finally opened it up last week and after filling the HW tank, I flipped the switch and the light came on and the tank heated up. A while later I looked and even though there was hot water, the light was off. I turned the switch off and the next day, turned it on again and the light came on. I didn't leave the heater on in case something is messed up as I wasn't able to monitor it. So, my question is: does the light stay on, or did I trip a reset and after everything cooled, it worked again? I did notice that the heater seemed hot on the outside and I don't remember that from last year. I'm wondering if maybe there is a thermostat that is not working. It is a 2007 SV291.


2007 Surveyor SV291
Equil-I-zer hitch
2005 Durango Hemi
gregm59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2009, 01:44 PM   #2
Site Team
KyDan's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 5,650
My hot water heater light only comes on if the gas burner is
trying to light OR it has faulted out.
In other words, if I turn on my gas switch, it glows briefly until
the burner fires up and then the light goes out while the burner
is heating. Once the tank is hot and the burner shuts off the
light stays off until it decides to heat again. Then it glows
again only as long as it takes the ignitor to light the burner.

Yours may be wired to light up and stay on while the burner
is burning??

My heater also feels warm on the outside when it's heated.
If your heater were over heating you'd likely see steam or water
coming out the pop off valve on the tank.
My guess is you're fine.

Dan & Rita D
2004 5.3L Silverado 1500 ext. cab 2WD
1999 Suzuki Intruder Motorcycle
Blue Ox WD hitch, AirLift load levelers

Camping days 2010-53, 2011-47, 2012-41,
2013-41, 2014-31, 2015-40, 2016-38
KyDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2009, 05:06 PM   #3
Site Team
acadianbob's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Posts: 2,824
Yup, what Dan said goes for ours too.
2012 F150 FX4 Ecoboost, 2016 Surveyor 274BHS
2003 Yamaha FJR1300, Demco Premiere Slider
1969 John Deere 1020, 1940 Ford 9N, 1948 Ford 8N
Jonsered 535, Can of WD-40, Duct Tape
Red Green coffee mugs
acadianbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2009, 05:46 PM   #4
gregm59's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Clinton, MI
Posts: 83
Thanks for the responses. I will be using it next week and will be able to check it out. I suspect you are correct. If not, watch for a big boom in Ludington in Northern Michigan next thursday.

thanks again,
2007 Surveyor SV291
Equil-I-zer hitch
2005 Durango Hemi
gregm59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2009, 05:58 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Greensburg In
Posts: 785
Aww it wont be that big of a boom should just blow out the back end of your camper. Just kidding .
2008 8296SS Rockwood Signature Ultralite
2002 Silverado 2500HD extended cab
chevy02 is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:52 PM.