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Old 05-07-2016, 08:44 AM   #29
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On J Walker's advice, I installed a HottRod, too. It has been wonderful - a great mod. We pull into a CG, plug into the post, flip on the water heater switch and, by the time that we have everything else settled, we have hot water - no muss, no fuss.

I did the installation myself and admit it is a pretty tight fit. On my Atwood 6gal, I had to loosen the mount for the gas valve to get the rod into the tank. I simply followed the directions for the rest of the install and have had no problems since.
Any idea how many amps the Hott Rod pulls when heating water?
I'm on a 30 amp circuit so might onsider just plugging into the extra 15a outlet on the post instead of the outside outlet next to the hot water heater.

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Any idea how many amps the Hott Rod pulls when heating water?
I'm on a 30 amp circuit so might onsider just plugging into the extra 15a outlet on the post instead of the outside outlet next to the hot water heater.

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Hott Rod Element for 6 gallon is 450W so at 120V AC that is 3.75A
Hott Rod Element for 10 gallon is 675W so at 120V AC that is 5.62A


Lightning Rod for 6 gallon......425W at 120V====3.54W
Lightning Rod for 10 gallon......625W at 120V====5.20W



Camco Hybrid Heat for 6 gallon ---425W at 120V ===3.54W
Camco Hybrid Heat for 10 gallon--625W at 120V ===5.20W
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:29 AM   #31
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Had a Hott Rodd in the last Moho! It was an Atwood 6 Gal Tank . Heated just fine and stayed Hot. Attach the Thermostat to the Pressure relief Valve with the supplied Zap Straps. No need to cut away any insulation.
Hey Rob,

I would love to use your system of attaching the thermostat to the pressure relief valve, but there's a stern warning on page 4 of the Hott Rod instruction manual expressly forbidding this. (see below).

Did you do something different in attaching it to the pressure relief valve to avoid the dire results predicted in the warning?

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Hott Rod Element for 6 gallon is 450W so at 120V AC that is 3.75A
Hott Rod Element for 10 gallon is 675W so at 120V AC that is 5.62A


Lightning Rod for 6 gallon......425W at 120V====3.54W
Lightning Rod for 10 gallon......625W at 120V====5.20W



Camco Hybrid Heat for 6 gallon ---425W at 120V ===3.54W
Camco Hybrid Heat for 10 gallon--625W at 120V ===5.20W
Thanks Old-Biscuit!
Good to know.

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Hott Rod to Suburban heater

I'm about to install one of those Hott Rods and I found that Diamond the maker of the Rod sells a shorty Anode to pair with the element piece for those of us who believe it's essential to have that in a Suburban tank. It stinks to have to do this, but my '08 MH is propane only. Why use fuel if I can take CG power I'm paying for.
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All installed,and field tested plenty.Outlet with switch hidden in cabinet next to tank. Once heated up,a couple hours at most,you'd never know it was electric,except for the fact it's quiet,not exhausting heat curb side next to us hanging out under our awning,and I'm not paying for extra energy to fuel it. Win,win,win.
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All installed,and field tested plenty.Outlet with switch hidden in cabinet next to tank. Once heated up,a couple hours at most,you'd never know it was electric,except for the fact it's quiet,not exhausting heat curb side next to us hanging out under our awning,and I'm not paying for extra energy to fuel it. Win,win,win.
Now with it installed in drain hole don't forget to do routine draining/flushing of water heater.
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I would like to make this modification to our Bounder with the Atwood heater. But Fleetwood has completely enclosed the tank in a box made of wood and with steel frames on the underside of the coach. I can't see any way to get the thermostat attached to the tank and have no idea what I will do if the tank water fittings or lines on the tank leak. Any thoughts? Chuck
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I would like to make this modification to our Bounder with the Atwood heater. But Fleetwood has completely enclosed the tank in a box made of wood and with steel frames on the underside of the coach. I can't see any way to get the thermostat attached to the tank and have no idea what I will do if the tank water fittings or lines on the tank leak. Any thoughts? Chuck

How do you drain/rinse/flush water heater?

How do you change valving when 'bypassing' water heater?

How do you make routine repairs to gas system/burner?

There has to be a 'panel' that removes to allow access...they didn't build RV around water heater (even if it appears they did).
Either via a storage compartment (removable panel) or from underneath (removable panel)
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I guess you misunderstood. The "tank" is boxed in, not the entire unit. The thermostat has to be attached directly to the tank itself. The "front" of the Atwood had access to all of the serviceable parts but not the tank body. Chuck
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I used one in a Class C motorhome with a 6 gallon tank for a number of years.

The only maintenance required, due from corrosion, is to pull the rod (400 watts) and clean it with a wire wheel every so often. Perhaps once a year or longer. Cleans up very good each time, appears to be brand new.

It heats a 6 gallon tank with enough hot water for a shower, wash a fair amount of dishes, etc. If additional heat is required I turn on the gas which I rarely need to do

When I have lived in a RV park year around I normally flushed the water tank twice a year and cleaned the rod once a year. This was primarily because the water at the park where I was staying has high mineral content which resulted in a brownish coating inside the water fixtures and pipes. The water passed state testing requirements but as with others in the park I used a water filter to filter drinking water, water for coffee, etc. There was no filtering for hot water and bathroom.

To flush the water tank I remove the heating rod and use this hose extension: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Camco-RV-...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds
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