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Old 10-06-2016, 09:20 PM   #1
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20pack10 just bought and had to evacuate town help

Hey guys I just bought a 2016 20pack10 toy hauler and I love it! Except I literally got it a week ago and now hurricane Matthew made me and the family leave and go ahead and start to use it

But I have tons of questions now I'm out here camping and my sales rep was not helpful at all.
I read the owners manual which is junk

•hot water heater has a button for "pump" and a button for heater.... if I am using a water hose hook up at the camper park do I need to use the pump switch? Also is it better to hear with propane or electric? How do I make it work either way????

•on the driver side of camper in front the axles I see a hold/cold hoses with valves at the ends? Are those drain valves for the water line when thru using the camper?

•fridge supply? Gas or electric should I use???

•if I go off grid do I need a generator or with the battery's up front work????

•thanks ahead of time guys, I just need all the help I can get. I have sent Cherokee like 10 emails and chad cook has yet to respond!
I had to evacuate and now I need to know how to work it
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:33 PM   #2
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water heater has a button for "pump" and a button for heater.... if I am using a water hose hook up at the camper park do I need to use the pump switch? Also is it better to hear with propane or electric? How do I make it work either way????

Pump switch is for your Fresh Water tank and should not be used when connected to city water. Depending on which brand WH you have, WH switch inside is for propane. For suburban WH switch for electric is accessed from outside cover ( Lower left corner of heater). You can heat water with either electric, propane or both. If you have shore power, most people use electric. Be sure water heater is full of water before truning on electric or you will burn out element in seconds.
on the driver side of camper in front the axles I see a hold/cold hoses with valves at the ends? Are those drain valves for the water line when thru using the camper?
Those are low point drains for draining water lines.

•fridge supply? Gas or electric should I use???
Fridge will work on electric or propane. If you are on shore power, most people use electric.

•if I go off grid do I need a generator or with the battery's up front work????
You can operate lights, water pump and control boards for fridge ( fridge on propane) for a day or two. Furnace or other fans will need a source to recharge batteries every day or two. To run the AC you will need about 3000W generator. If you look at generators, be sure to get a quiet inverter type.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:39 PM   #3
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Congratulations on our new unit. I hope you and your family stay safe from this storm.
The pump switch is for when you are not connected to city water. The pump will draw water from your fresh water holding tank. When on city water your unit is fed and pressurized from the hose connection. Leave the pump off when connected to city water.
If you have electric hookups use the electric to heat the hot water. Save your propane. You can use both if you need a faster recovery time.
The two hoses hanging down are to empty your water lines. Typically done if storing for a long time or winterizing.
Refrigerator same as water heater. If you have electric use it. Save your propane. I leave mine on automatic which will use electric if available and automatically switch to gas when electric is not available.
As for your batteries. I could go on for pages on amp hours available and amp hours used etc. But in simple terms if you use your batteries while not plugged into electric they will require charging. Either solar or generator. If your plugged into electric your converter will keep the batteries topped off. If your not plugged in a generator will need to be run periodically to run the converter to charge the batteries.
Good luck and please stay safe.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:43 PM   #4
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Congratulations on our new unit. I hope you and your family stay safe from this storm.
The pump switch is for when you are not connected to city water. The pump will draw water from your fresh water holding tank. When on city water your unit is fed and pressurized from the hose connection. Leave the pump off when connected to city water.
If you have electric hookups use the electric to heat the hot water. Save your propane. You can use both if you need a faster recovery time.
The two hoses hanging down are to empty your water lines. Typically done if storing for a long time or winterizing.
Refrigerator same as water heater. If you have electric use it. Save your propane. I leave mine on automatic which will use electric if available and automatically switch to gas when electric is not available.
As for your batteries. I could go on for pages on amp hours available and amp hours used etc. But in simple terms if you use your batteries while not plugged into electric they will require charging. Either solar or generator. If your plugged into electric your converter will keep the batteries topped off. If your not plugged in a generator will need to be run periodically to run the converter to charge the batteries.
Good luck and please stay safe.
Wow thank you so so much pal means a lot to feel welcomed to a new forum for me

How can I make the fridge/water heater use propane or electric?
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Your fridge should switch automatically to propane when you loose shore power as long as you have the propane tanks turned on and filled. As far as your water tank, you may have a valve that switches from city to tank fill. When the water tank is full water will come out of the vent. Should be close to the fill port. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:48 PM   #6
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Wow so helpful... fly bob! Thanks again
I purchased a 2016 Honda EU6500iu generator like a month ago and then got a camper and I got a good deal on it

•How to I change the fridge to be on electric or propane???

•ok if I hook up to city water and don't need to use the pump switch, how to I know the water tank if filled, / and prepared to heat?

•off the record i had the trailer be the only toy hauler to fit all my toys(rzr and atv sideways.
How does this trailer hold up in general?
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To make fridge work on electric generally put switch to auto. Fridge will use electric first and only use gas if you lose power or unplug. Although the fridge control board runs off your 12v batteries it needs 110v electric to cool on electric.
Your water heater is either suburban or atwood but in either case there are switches for each. Atwood usually has both switches inside. Suburban usually has gas switch inside and electric switch outside inside water heater access panel. You can use electric or gas or both. Make sure your water heater has water in it! Just run hot water from the tap and it will fill up.
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Ozziedodge67, Your fridge should have a on/off switch up top, you should set it to auto and it will operate on shore power as long as you are plugged in. As for your water heater, after you have hooker up to city water you should run your hot water thru the faucet that is the further est away from your water heater until you have bleed all the air and you should bleed the air at the water heater with the pressure relief valve. Be sure to do this before you turn on your water heater.
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And of course my first use is diring a evacuation. And I sent multiple emails to chad cook. Zero help @ all.
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:00 PM   #10
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Ok so

Water heater

••If hooked up to city water no need to use pump....
Also before starting heater , use the faucet on hot for a minute. Then turn heater on the wait a little and have warm water???
•to decide if it uses electric or propane on heater I need to go on the side of camper and use the switch on and off? What's on and off???

•fridge propane or electric? Where is the switch or is it just a auto unit?
••the fridge switch I am still a little
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