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Old 11-07-2018, 04:09 PM   #1
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Water heater/fireplace

Quite by accident, I plugged our fireplace into the same electric outlet our TV is plugged into. We have two outlets under the pop up TV and the fireplace cord was plugged into the bottom outlet originally. When I flipped the switch on the control panel to electric for the water heater, the fireplace which used to turn off, stayed on! We can now run both the electric fireplace and have the water heater switched to electric whereas before, it had to be one or the other using electric, not both at the same time. So far, we havenít tripped any breakers and we are enjoying having both heat and hot water.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:16 PM   #2
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Might be on the same switch for a reason , maybe the firepace does not use to much juice and you will be lucky. Feel the receptical occasionally to make sure it is not to hot...
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Might definitely want to keep an eye on a few things, you must be a 30A service hence the reason for one or the other. Water heater would be 1500W plus fireplace must be another 1500W so your at 3000W of a 3300W service. Now add in your 12V DC inverter and your right up there maxing out your 30A system. You might want to check your cord at the pedestal for warmth..
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:44 AM   #4
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Might be on the same switch for a reason , maybe the firepace does not use to much juice and you will be lucky. Feel the receptical occasionally to make sure it is not to hot...
Thanks for the reply. You are correct about it being on the same switch for safety reasons. We are keeping an eye on this and we only have both on when we are inside the trailer. So far, so good.
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Might definitely want to keep an eye on a few things, you must be a 30A service hence the reason for one or the other. Water heater would be 1500W plus fireplace must be another 1500W so your at 3000W of a 3300W service. Now add in your 12V DC inverter and your right up there maxing out your 30A system. You might want to check your cord at the pedestal for warmth..
Absolutely! We are 30 amp and are close to the limit. So far, the cord and recep have stayed cool but we are being cautious. Everything gets switched off when we are away from the trailer. Thank you for your reply.
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Sounds like a problem waiting to happen. I definitely don't recommend this to anybody.
RV manufactures have a notorious reputation for under sizing the wire they run to the receptacles. I found it in our unit.
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Absolutely! We are 30 amp and are close to the limit. So far, the cord and recep have stayed cool but we are being cautious. Everything gets switched off when we are away from the trailer. Thank you for your reply.
Another spot to watch is your 30 Amp RV plug, especially if you're using an extension. They get overheated pretty easily, too.
Personally, I'd run the hot water and the fridge on propane. Both seem to work better on gas (to me a flame is hotter than a red coil). Propane here costs $10 to refill a tank, and keeping the load off of the electrical system is worth it. Consider using your propane furnace, also.
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Sounds like a problem waiting to happen. I definitely don't recommend this to anybody.
RV manufactures have a notorious reputation for under sizing the wire they run to the receptacles. I found it in our unit.
You are correct. I am slowly coming to my senses and will play it safe by plugging in to the correct outlet so both the water heater and fireplace operate separately. Weíve never had our water heated by propane, only electric. For some reason, it doesnít work with propane. Iíll search other forums to see if I can figure out the problem. Better safe than sorry.... Thanks for your reply.
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You are correct. I am slowly coming to my senses and will play it safe by plugging in to the correct outlet so both the water heater and fireplace operate separately. Weíve never had our water heated by propane, only electric. For some reason, it doesnít work with propane. Iíll search other forums to see if I can figure out the problem. Better safe than sorry.... Thanks for your reply.
Vyour propane fix wil to be to loosen the air adjuster on the 1/2" tube that goes into the tank fire flue and run a papi cleaner in there all the way to clean out the spider web in there. Put adjuster back in the same spot and should work.
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Vyour propane fix wil to be to loosen the air adjuster on the 1/2" tube that goes into the tank fire flue and run a papi cleaner in there all the way to clean out the spider web in there. Put adjuster back in the same spot and should work.
That sounds like an easy enough fix and something to try first. Thanks for the information.
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