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Old 08-04-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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Hot Water Heater - Normal or Not???

Hi All, I have a 2015 Sunset Trail SF32RL and was wondering if the hot water heater is running normal or not. I have noticed the last few times out the the hot water keeps cycling. The gas burner keeps lighting every few hours or so. I am running both the electric and gas at the same time. On my old trailer the only time the gas would fire up is if we are taking a shower or washing dishes otherwise the electric would maintain the water temp. I know the electric works because I have used the electric only to heat the water when 1st hooking up to test it. Has anyone else noticed this happening? Thanks, John
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:59 AM   #2
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Me personally would only run the electric. You don't use your gas you use the Campground's electric. Don't know why the heater kicks on. Maybe just to maintain the water temperature.
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I use the gas for a quicker recovery time between showers. The wife always complains that I use all the hot water and she has to wait to take a hot shower. The gas shouldn't have to come on to maintain the temp, the electric should be able to handle that.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:24 PM   #4
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I also use both gas and electric in the morning when I get out of bed. That way I get a faster heat up of the water.i also noticed that the gas burner cycles intermittently. Also I do not leave the heater turned on unless we are needing to use the hot water.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:26 PM   #5
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I use gas during high usage times but otherwise only leave the electric on. Like you said electric should keep it hot. Wonder if it could possibly be that it has different heat settings for gas vs electric?
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:37 PM   #6
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The water heaters are so poorly insulated that they will cycle without any water usage just to maintain temperature. This will be quite frequent if the outside temperature is cool.
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I replaced the original thermostat on the HW heater with an adjustable one (ATWOOD MOBILE PRODUCTS 93105 Adjustable Electronic Thermostat)
and that helped some. Like others I will use AC to minimize the cycling on gas.

The original thermostat was too high of setting for us too. I have it set for about 125 deg. I do keep a spare original thermostat in case the adjustable one fails.
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Thanks for all the info. I to was wondering about the water temp. I have never had such hot water in a camper before. I haven't had a chance to see if there was a way to adjust the temp. Sounds like there isn't. Has anyone tried to add any insulation around the water heater?
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The "OEM" are not adjustable - there are 2 thermostats - the normal one controls the HW temp (about 140 deg) and the other is a high temp cut out backup (setting is about 180 deg) - neither are adjustable.

Here is a good article on the HW heater
http://www.beamalarm.com/Documents/a...eshooting.html
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I think the reason why your gas is cycling on and off even though the electric element is on, is because when your thermostat calls for heat both the electric and the gas get that signal. Don't know why the gas didn't lite off in your old trailer.Also the electric will take longer than gas to heat to the same temp. I would suggest that you turn the gas off until you know that you will need a lot of hot water, such as the DW taking a shower right after you take a shower. Or better yet TAKE A SHOWER TOGETHER.... Just sayen....
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Or better yet TAKE A SHOWER TOGETHER.... Just sayen....
We always seem to use more water that way! But then again we really don't care.
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