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Old 02-03-2016, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,
I have a question and hope some of the seasoned trailer owners could answer. I was just reading up on my operation manual about the hot water heater. It stated that "Quote" Be sure the power is "OFF" to the water heater ignition system during any type of refueling and while vehicle is being towed" Does that mean you don't[U]travel with the hot water on? You wait until you are at the camp site before you fire it up?
I guess what I'am asking is can you travel with the hot water heater on? or do you wait until at destination to fire it up.

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Old 02-03-2016, 11:27 AM   #2
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I wait. Some states have rules about open flames in enclosed areas (tunnels) and near fuel, think gassing up or getting your propane bottles filled.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:41 AM   #3
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Tator: you never fire it up until it has water in it. You can check that by opening the pressure relief valve up and seeing if water comes out. If it does then it is safe to turn on. If not, don't turn it on. There is really not a reason to have on while traveling. That is the answer to the real question.
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Hey Guys,
I have a question and hope some of the seasoned trailer owners could answer. I was just reading up on my operation manual about the hot water heater. It stated that "Quote" Be sure the power is "OFF" to the water heater ignition system during any type of refueling and while vehicle is being towed" Does that mean you don't[U]travel with the hot water on? You wait until you are at the camp site before you fire it up?
I guess what I'am asking is can you travel with the hot water heater on? or do you wait until at destination to fire it up.
Thanks guys, having a senior moment here....
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Tator: you never fire it up until it has water in it. You can check that by opening the pressure relief valve up and seeing if water comes out. If it does then it is safe to turn on. If not, don't turn it on. There is really not a reason to have on while traveling. That is the answer to the real question.
Thanks ctbruce.

That was what I was thinking, but wasn't sure. When I de-winterize the trailer in April, I will check it out and make sure it is fully functional and operating correctly. Then will turn it off until I am at my destination.
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When traveling, IMHO, having a gas fired water heater (or refer) running is foolish. Consider that you have no idea what you will come upon next. You could be making a fuel stop or pass through a tunnel or come upon an accident with a fuel spill. Is your first thought going to be to turn off the heater (or refer)? I think not.

If You need hot water that fast consider heating what you need when you need it. Tea kettle on the stove. Once you're parked, it only takes 1/2 hour or so to heat up your tank.

Just my humble opinion. But feel free to be a rolling ignition source if you so choose.
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On a related item the concern about flames while traveling applies to the fridge too. While it is safe to travel with the fridge on, it should be turned off while getting fuel.
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Many people run with the reefer on while moving it is designed to function that way if you elect to run with it on . The water heater is another matter , the flame is much more aggresive and should not be on during travel.
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I only run the water heater on propane while rolling if it is below freezing that day. Otherwise, it's off while rolling. The fridge, though, is left on.

Gasoline vapors are heavier than air, and will stay close to the ground unless otherwise influenced to a higher level above ground. I believe that if running propane appliances while getting fuel at a filling station was an extremely dangerous thing, there would be filling station fires every day in the news.
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