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Old 07-14-2018, 09:31 PM   #1
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Water Heater not on

I just bought my first camper (Forest River Wildwood Bunkhouse) wasnít thoroughly briefed on how to operate water heater strictly on electricity and I was hoping someone on here could help me out. Any advice or help is appreciated greatly!
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. All you need to do is plug into shore power or your generator and then turn the switch at the water heater to on. (make sure it is full of water) You don't need to hit the switch inside that is for the propane.
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Try YouTube videos or download the WH manual if you don't have it.
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See Post #5 here:

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I just bought my first camper (Forest River Wildwood Bunkhouse) wasnít thoroughly briefed on how to operate water heater strictly on electricity and I was hoping someone on here could help me out. Any advice or help is appreciated greatly!
Just go up this page to Green line and over to "Library" we don't know if you have a "Surburban or Atwood Water Heater",but they are Both Listed! Youroo!!
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:45 AM   #6
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It has a single switch inside and a single outside switch and I believe it’s suburban... I turned on only the outside switch overnight, but water still not getting warmed
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I did that overnight and water still hasn’t warmed... any clue?
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I did that overnight and water still hasn’t warmed... any clue?

If you have an outside switch, it's a Suburban. This outside switch only controls the 120 volt electric heating element, and you must be plugged into a form of 120 volt AC shore power/generator for it to operate in that mode. I recommend reading this thread first, as it explains how to make sure you have water in the tank, and do not burn out the heating element.


http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ore-36197.html



If you are connected to shore power and have verified you do indeed have 120 volt AC power to the RV (is the microwave lights/display on), then make sure the circuit breaker in the RV's electrical distribution panel is on (not tripped) to the water heater. Here is an example pic, but styles vary:



We have many instances of the water heater itself not being plugged in to an outlet. You may need to access behind the tank and see if you can see a power cord and that it's plugged into an outlet (some are direct wired, and some just have a plug in cord). Here is a pic of a members whose power cord was just laying on top of the tank and NOT plugged into an outlet:



Also on the face of the water heater there are two reset hi-limit thermostats underneath a rubber cover. You can push in on the rubber cover to make sure these have not tripped. The left one goes to the 120 volt electric element.

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Thank you this did it! It wasn’t plugged in haha��
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Thank you this did it! It wasn’t plugged in haha��

Good deal, when you say not plugged in...are you talking about the heater itself, or the RV?


Since you stated you were new, this thread may also help on other matters:


http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ts-157524.html
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