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Old 08-26-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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Water heater threat?

On a recent visit to a private campground, we noticed a sticker on the breaker box that said we should operate our water heater on gas only because use of the shore power might damage it. As far as we could tell, every power box in the campground had the stickers on them. We didn't get a chance to ask management what the problem was, but someone suggested it was just a way for the campground to save on its electric bill. Has anyone else run into this? We couldn't imagine how a standard-looking 20/30 amp source could damage a water heater.
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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someone suggested it was just a way for the campground to save on its electric bill
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:11 PM   #3
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You hit the nail on the head!

If you were the owner of the RV park and your GOAL was to save $$$$$$$$
on the electric bill, what would you put on the ele hook-up panel?


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Old 08-26-2010, 06:53 PM   #4
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Plug it in and use their juice. They must think everyone is stupid.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:13 PM   #5
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Would it not be prudent to check the post's wiring polarity as a precaution?
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:39 PM   #6
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If the characteristics of the electricity supplied were indeed out of spec (frequency, voltage too high/low etc.) then othere components in the coach would be at risk as well.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:06 PM   #7
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I carry a multi-meter with me and if I saw a sign like that then I would test it and if the power is there then I am pugging my rig In and using what I paid for.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:19 PM   #8
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HI There: I say plug it in & use the power you paid for it. I also have a Digital Monitor that measures line voltage, frequency & wire diagnostics. it is Model 20020 Digital Monitor made by Automated Engineering Corp. Got it at, Yes Camping World. On the diagnostics , sound alarm for reverse polarity, high/low voltage, gr. faults,& high/low Frequency. Plug in to the 30amp crossover & check before you hook up your rig or plug in to rig outlets to monitor line power. There all kind of stuff out there for us Camper to get, that we may or may not need.
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PS: I wouldn't think about using the electric water heater, but would think about if the plug and 30 amp outlet fit loose. This will over heat your plug. This will also drop your line voltage under load & so on.
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Good one. He must think campers are stupid

Do keep in mind that it will take a while to get hot water - if you're in a rush...

Nothing beats propane for heating water.

My guess probably 45 minutes on electric VS 8-9 minutes on propane. Recovery will be also take the same time.
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