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Old 12-21-2007, 12:43 PM   #1
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I just purch. a 2000 Journey. It is winter mode in storage. While reading the book last night I noticed the listing for switches for the electric water heater and the engine heater were backwards from what is listed on the switches in the RV. In the RV above the washer dryer the switch on the left is named engine heater??? Which is which? Thanks
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I just purch. a 2000 Journey. It is winter mode in storage. While reading the book last night I noticed the listing for switches for the electric water heater and the engine heater were backwards from what is listed on the switches in the RV. In the RV above the washer dryer the switch on the left is named engine heater??? Which is which? Thanks
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Old 12-21-2007, 05:07 PM   #3
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Welcome bchristo to irv2.
Not sure this LINK can help you but its a start. Here is another LINK I found that maybe of help.
You can try the resources tab also.
This wiring diagram maybe what your looking for.
I'll short cut your question down to Winnebago forum to get some more answers for you.
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Thanks, I will look at. I figure too the next time I go see the RV (in storage) I will just flip one of the switches and see if the engine heats up. obviously I don't want to be turning on the water heater as it is empty due to winter storage. Thanks, BC
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:59 AM   #5
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Hi BC, welcome to the forum!

I would trust the labeling of the switches in the MH. Minor changes are made during the production year and I doubt the manual is edited each time. Most likely they print up gobs of manuals at the beginning of the year. I know my manual has several errors.

You might want to wait till you have water in the heater since you don't know for sure what you're turning on. Incidentally, the engine heater plugs into a receptacle in the power hookup compartment. It's usually unplugged until needed. The switch just controls the receptacle - lots of folks use it to control outside decorative lights, etc. You might want to find that receptacle and plug in a work light for a quick test.
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Go to the engine heater receptacle, with a volt meter and have someone throw the switches to check which one works the circuit, should be located in the driver side rear compartment. If you don't have a volt meter you can use any 110 volt light. Back when we bought our 2000 Journey (we now have an 02) we found that the water heater would not work on electric. After the techs had pulled the heater out and checked for voltage they found that the switches were labeled wrong. Water heater = engine heater, engine heat = water heater. They had wasted the better part of a day trying to trouble shoot the problem. It was just a case of mislabeled switches. They reinstalled the water heater and relabeled the switches. Everything worked fine.
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:30 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info. I didn't know about the engine recepticle..I will definitly check out. I for some reason get the feeling they are labeled backwards on the switches - which could be bad cause as I was did, the previous owners probably used the switch to preheat the engine. They may have used it often. It gets cold in Indiana. I just bought the RV a couple weeks ago. I would turn on the gen. flip the switch that said engine and I noticed some amps would read as going thru the "one stop" or whatever it's called panel. Elec. was going somewhere??? I will check it out. Thanks
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Hooray! I just got back from testing the recepticle and even though the switches are backward from manual they are properly marked - Thanks forum for your help. Rookie
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