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Old 05-07-2015, 12:17 AM   #1
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Hello all. I'm a new member and owner of a 2015 Rockwood Roo. I purchased the trailer new and took it out for the first time this passed weekend. I ran into issues of course, but was able to resolve them for the most part. One thing I want to ask you all is about my water heater. I used both the electric and propane to run the water heater on my first trip out. I turned both switches on the inside control panel and the outside switch next to the water heater itself. Everything was fine. We packed up on Sunday and headed home. I had realized last night I never turned the electric switch in the outside water heater panel off. I left it on. I didn't drain my fresh water tank when I got back. I have about 1/3 left. I didn't drain the water heater either. I assume it's still filled with water. Now, since I left the switch on for few days without using it. Did I cause any potential damage to the water heater? Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:48 AM   #2
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The electric side only runs when you're hooked up to shore power. It doesn't use 12v battery power.
Pull the electric element and check it.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:01 AM   #3
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It is probably fine - generally the HW heater stays full unless you actually drain the system. Hook up to city water or run your pump to verify you don't have air in the system, then turn on only the electric heater. If you get hot water in a few minutes you are good to go. Then come up with a tag or a checklist or other system to remind you to turn the element off when packing up. Its very easy to forget that...
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:25 AM   #4
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Congrads on the camper, love ours.
If your switch by the door was off then the heater will not turn on, and if your not hooked to shore power then it will not run the electric element anyway. If you didn't drain anything then your fine across the board.
Our switch inside the WH has been turned on for about a month now...But I plan on adding a switch inside the camper to control it.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:52 AM   #5
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No you didn't damage anything unless you had drained the hot water tank. As long as it is full of water you have no problems. I'd it were empty with the element on, then you would have damaged something. But it sounds like you are fine.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:53 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the response. This is our first trailer. They provided me an overwhelming amount of info at the walk thru, which I now realize I should have recorded. The instruction manuals are only helpful to an extent. When we setup camp at 10:00 at night because we left after work. I couldn't get water flowing to the lines, the new yamaha generator (inverter EF2000is) wouldn't turn over, and my furnace wouldn't ignite. It would only run the blower for 30 seconds and turn off. Well. The water flow problem was due to a valve that didn't catch my eye that was closed. It's located between the fresh water tank and goes thru the water pump and from the water pump through the water filter canister. I would turn the pump on, but no water would fill the water canister. The faucets would just sputter. Then I finally noticed that valve which is behind the line and couldn't see it for the longest time. I finally saw it and opened it up. Problem solved and the water filter canister filled inmediately. The water flowed. Question, should I turn that valve back to the closed position when I get back on the road? Anyways, as for the generator, I couldn't get it to turn over. After time passed, I realized the oil was low. Now, I filled this thing up prior to attempt to start it. This yamaha seems very sensitive when it comes to oil level. I literally added a teaspoon more and that was enough to get it going. It didn't come with a dip stick to check level. You have to eyeball it, which isn't easy. Well, we got the generator to finally work and let me tell you! I love this thing! So quite. It runs everything. I purchased a second one as well to run parallel so in the summer I can run the A/C. Lastly, the furnace wasn't igniting because I didn't have enough juice in my battery. It was two-thirds full. Once the generator was fixed and plugged in the furnace ignited. Problem solved. However, I find it odd that the furnace needs a full charged battery in order for the furnace to work. My refrigerator ignited with the battery two-thirds full so why wouldn't the furnace? Any thoughts or insight you all can give me? Thanks again you all!
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:27 AM   #7
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Well the fridge burner is more like a pilot light, and the Furnace battery drain would be from the blower, Chances are your furnace issue was bleeding the air from the gas line. My question is why your new battery is only 2/3 when it should have been fully charged after towing?
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:09 PM   #8
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Well, it's partially my fault. I have to store the trailer at a storage business because where I live has a home owners association, which doesn't allow me to park it there. I can't charge it at the storage facility. I can't park it temporarily at my home to charge it because my drive way is very steep. It was already low before I left. I only towed it for an hour. The camp site is close to where I live. So it didn't have much time to charge. It was full when I got it from dealer about four weeks before the trip but was drained slowly. I'm thinking because the battery key was left on this entire time. Maybe something still pulls power out of it even though it's sitting in storage. Not sure?
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First, did your 21DK come with a battery disconnect switch? If so, use it when in storage.
All newer RVs have parasitic power drains and can drainage a single battery in a week.
If it doesn't have one, install one.
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First, did your 21DK come with a battery disconnect switch? If so, use it when in storage.
All newer RVs have parasitic power drains and can drainage a single battery in a week.
If it doesn't have one, install one.
Thanks for the info. Yes, it did come with the battery disconnect switch. I will make sure it's disconnected when stored.
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