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Old 10-22-2019, 09:38 AM   #1
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Have a 2018 Cruise Lite 171 RBXL. The water heater is propane only. It fires up and heats the water but does not maintain temp for long. Water that is hot at night is barely tepid in the morning. The only switch is the on/off rocker inside the trailer. Is this normal for a propane only heater? Previous camper water heater was propane and electric, and the electric kept the water hot. Have also seen replacement anodes that can be wired in to the electric. Are these a good option?
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:42 AM   #2
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Make sure all faucets are totally off. Do you have an outside shower? The hot and cold need to be fully off.
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:46 AM   #4
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You don't list the model # you have. Either the propane or electric side of the water heater should keep the water hot on its own. Check the over temp snap switch ( small round black button on the outside face of the WH itself. If you are running on battery, check the battery level. If battery voltage is too low overnight, the WH will not light.
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Have a 2018 Cruise Lite 171 RBXL. The water heater is propane only. It fires up and heats the water but does not maintain temp for long. Water that is hot at night is barely tepid in the morning. The only switch is the on/off rocker inside the trailer. Is this normal for a propane only heater? Previous camper water heater was propane and electric, and the electric kept the water hot. Have also seen replacement anodes that can be wired in to the electric. Are these a good option?
Checked the specs and it says you have a DSI water heater, which means direct spark ignition. With a DSI water heater, there should be a fault or reset lamp beside, above, or below the switch you use to turn on the water heater.

Is this lamp illuminated in the morning, when your water is tepid?

Are you turning this switch off by any chance at night, after you use the water heater?
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:21 PM   #6
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Propane HWH

Our '05 Surveyor had propane only and it would re fire as needed. I'd turn it off at night and still have hot enough water to wash up with.
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I had the same issue on the same type of tank. There are 2 components to consider replacing or checking (1) the heater ignition board and the (2) themostat reset switch. The former is found either on the side of the water heater tank; stuck on the wall; or just hanging in the area. (Mine was the latter). the ignition board sends the signal to the gas valve to ignite and bring the water temperature to 130. When it hits that - it stops.

The board is about $70 and the switch about $17. There is no heating element on this model SW6D.

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Old 10-22-2019, 05:50 PM   #8
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If you are turning it off at night, how cold is it getting at night. The water heaters are fairly well insulated but it seems not to the outside. We camped last night in Mackinaw, MI and the temps got down to low 40's. We turned the water heater off last night because we where leaving this morning and knew we would not need hot water today. The hot water was only warm. Not warm enough that she would be able to take a shower without turning the heater back on.
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Have a 2018 Cruise Lite 171 RBXL. The water heater is propane only. It fires up and heats the water but does not maintain temp for long. Water that is hot at night is barely tepid in the morning. The only switch is the on/off rocker inside the trailer. Is this normal for a propane only heater? Previous camper water heater was propane and electric, and the electric kept the water hot. Have also seen replacement anodes that can be wired in to the electric. Are these a good option?
The SWDE (same as yours but includes the electric element) consumes 1450 or 1500 watts. The little anode element consumes 600. You wouldn't be happy
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If you are turning it off at night, how cold is it getting at night. The water heaters are fairly well insulated but it seems not to the outside. We camped last night in Mackinaw, MI and the temps got down to low 40's. We turned the water heater off last night because we where leaving this morning and knew we would not need hot water today. The hot water was only warm. Not warm enough that she would be able to take a shower without turning the heater back on.
You're not turning the water heater off, are you? Best to leave it on for the entire trip. It will only cycle the gas on when it needs to.
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