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Old 10-29-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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Help -Two Questions on new 2011 Blue Ridge

Question #1. What and where is the "Attic Fan"?

Question #2. How do you start water heater on electric? I see a on/off switch in water heater enclosure, but is there another switch somewhere or is that it?

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Old 10-29-2010, 06:18 PM   #2
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Question #2. How do you start water heater on electric? I see a on/off switch in water heater enclosure, but is there another switch somewhere or is that it?
Assuming you have a Suburban-brand water heater...yes, that tiny little switch is how you turn on the electric element. I couldn't believe it either.

My TT also has a switch inside on the control panel, but that is for GAS. When I'm on shore power I like to use electric so I can save my propane. I do turn on the gas when taking a shower because that seems to give me a few more minutes of hot water and yes you can have both gas and electric on at the same time.

My previous rig had a switch near the kitchen sink, so having only that one hard-to-get-to switch for electric bugged me a lot! So I added my own on/off switch inside the cabin:

Water Heater Switch with Power-on Light

If you're reasonably handy, I would rate this mod as 3/5 difficulty at best.
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Question #2. How do you start water heater on electric? I see a on/off switch in water heater enclosure, but is there another switch somewhere or is that it?

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There'll be a breaker inside the control panel labelled 'water heater'. I turn the outside switch on at the start of the season and then use the breaker inside the control panel to turn it off and on.

You must have water in the water heater before you power up the electric element or you will burn it out.

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Thanks for the answers to Question #2. In my past rig I not only had a switch in the heater enclosure, but a rocker switch on the wall in the kitchen. Seems strange only the one switch to control the electric for the water heater.
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Thanks for the answers to Question #2. In my past rig I not only had a switch in the heater enclosure, but a rocker switch on the wall in the kitchen. Seems strange only the one switch to control the electric for the water heater.
The lighted rocker switch controls DC for the propane heat to the water.
The small rocker switch OUTSIDE is for the 110 AC.

Times a MILLION - water in the water heater before you use the outside switch. Make sure it is OFF prior to winterizing.
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I undersatand the reasoning to use the electric but is there any reason that you have to us it. I am thinking about only using the gas, does anyone see a problem with this?
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:42 AM   #7
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Our old trailer only had gas, so that is all we use on the V-Lite. The only reason I seee to use it would be to save propane because if you are at a full service site you are paying for the power anyway. But is is absoultely not required to use the electric.
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Run mine on electric all the time. Never ran out of hot water. As soon as we are parked and connected I flip electric switch on and we have hot water within the hour. It could be a little more convenient to have a switch next to the propane switch but I guess this is as close as we get to "roughing" it.
Camped 53 nights this year and did not even use one full tank of propane.(bbq and propane campfire the odd time)
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Threegr8katz,
As The Sasks stated no problem running only on propane if thats what you want to do.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:30 AM   #10
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Does it really have an attic? I see no one else tried to answer this for you so i just wondered if it has an attic. If it does it may be thermostatically controlled to turn on and off when needed like the ones in houses do
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