Originally Posted by cliffcrooks
How do I turn on my electric water heater?
Hi Cliff and Welcome to Forest River Forums. It's very helpful if you tell us what kind of RV you have. It's usually best to put this information into your Profile and/or Signature. You can find these things in the UserCP link in the green bar in the upper portion of your screen.
For this question, it would also be good to know what brand of water heater you have. It's likely to be a Suburban and if so, you will find a little black rocker-switch in the lower-left corner of the water heater panel outside. It may have a pin in it that has to be removed. That pin is there because if you turn the electric heating element on with no water in the tank, the heating element will be destroyed in a matter of seconds (so don't forget to turn the switch off again before you disconnect the water).