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Old 04-04-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Remoting the Water heater elec switch...

...Finally got around to getting my water heater electrical operation switch remoted to the kitchen per Willis mod Water Heater Switch with Power-on Light , on our 2010 8315BSS. For those who may be contemplating this mod, here are some part #'s: Leviton Commercial Toggle Wall Switch w/pilot light #5226. Leviton unbreakable Receptacle Outlet cover #80703. (note - these are the dark brown color which matches oem covers and switches installed in FR units with darker wood interiors). Also this switch is specifically designed to "light up) indicating when power to the remote unit (water heater in this case) is applied. You need this feature to avoid accidentally powering-up the water heater before the tank is full and thereby burning out the heater element.

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...Finally got around to getting my water heater electrical operation switch remoted to the kitchen per Willis mod Water Heater Switch with Power-on Light , on our 2010 8315BSS. For those who may be contemplating this mod, here are some part #'s: Leviton Commercial Toggle Wall Switch w/pilot light #5226. Leviton unbreakable Receptacle Outlet cover #80703. (note - these are the dark brown color which matches oem covers and switches installed in FR units with darker wood interiors). Also this switch is specifically designed to "light up) indicating when power to the remote unit (water heater in this case) is applied. You need this feature to avoid accidentally powering-up the water heater before the tank is full and thereby burning out the heater element.

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just found a switch yesterday at Home Depot. Ours is a Leviton switch as well, but I can't remember the part #. Most of the switches light up when in the "off" position so I had to really hunt for this one. And of course the BORG does not stock one in brown, so we had to buy the ivory one! And they don't stock brown covers. They're special order too. A bit of brown spray paint, and we're good to go.....
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:42 PM   #3
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Also this switch is specifically designed to "light up) indicating when power to the remote unit (water heater in this case) is applied. You need this feature to avoid accidentally powering-up the water heater before the tank is full and thereby burning out the heater element.

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I'm not understanding how this lighted switch prevents someone from powering up an empty water heater. If you 'forgot' to shut it off before winterizing, you'll burn out the electric element first time the camper is plugged in, unless of course, you filled the water heater first.

The lighted switch doesn't prevent the human error, same as without the switch.

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I'm not understanding how this lighted switch prevents someone from powering up an empty water heater. If you 'forgot' to shut it off before winterizing, you'll burn out the electric element first time the camper is plugged in, unless of course, you filled the water heater first.

The lighted switch doesn't prevent the human error, same as without the switch.

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We installed ours, not to prevent powering up an empty water heater, but just for the convenience factor.
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I'm not understanding how this lighted switch prevents someone from powering up an empty water heater. If you 'forgot' to shut it off before winterizing, you'll burn out the electric element first time the camper is plugged in, unless of course, you filled the water heater first.

The lighted switch doesn't prevent the human error, same as without the switch.

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HELLOOOOO !! It's a simple reminder

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We installed ours, not to prevent powering up an empty water heater, but just for the convenience factor.
All I'm saying is that it's a lot of work to add the lighted switch when you already have a water heater switch inside...dedicated breaker in the power control panel.

But to each, there own.

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just found a switch yesterday at Home Depot. Ours is a Leviton switch as well, but I can't remember the part #. Most of the switches light up when in the "off" position so I had to really hunt for this one. And of course the BORG does not stock one in brown, so we had to buy the ivory one! And they don't stock brown covers. They're special order too. A bit of brown spray paint, and we're good to go.....
Here's my source : Fruit Ridge Tools LLC

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All I'm saying is that it's a lot of work to add the lighted switch when you already have a water heater switch inside...dedicated breaker in the power control panel.

But to each, there own.

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All I'm saying is that it's a lot of work to add the lighted switch when you already have a water heater switch inside...dedicated breaker in the power control panel.

But to each, there own.

Dave
I too have a dedicated breaker that I use.

What else is on that breaker if it in not just for the water heater?
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If there was a switch that would default to the 'off' position when the 120V power source is disconnected, you'd have a set-up that would be more preventative. I believe that most of the element burnouts happen when you plug in the shore power after winter storage without realizing that you left the power 'on' to the water heater after the last trip. The element to toasted after a few minutes (don't ask to how I know).

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