Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-01-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 8
Fleetwood Discovery Hot Water Heater

We own a 1998 Fleetwood Discovery 36T. It has an aftermarket LP/Electric hotwater heater. The LP heater works perfectly! However, I can't seem to get the electric to work. When I switch the unit on, it doesn't respond. I've checked fuses, but can't find any problems.

can anyone help?

__________________

__________________
firecoop30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-01-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Volunteer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Anywhere This Fulltimer Parks
Posts: 136
On my 1996 Discovery, I replaced my hot water heater a few years ago and found during the R&R process a couple of places where the "hot rod" or electric portion could lose electrical continuity.

First, there's no telling where the installer placed the main fuse for the unit. It could be in line, or they could have come off the panel where the 120-volt breakers are. Sometimes they use a solid connection and sometimes they just use a "slip-on" connector that could come loose.

Depending on the manufacturer of the electrical portion, there could be a fuse on the control box for the unit itself. You should find that sitting directly on top of the water box of the hot water heater. It may or may not be covered with insulation. Mine was glued right to the top of the water tank of the water heater.

At any rate, you should be able to pull out some drawers or open some cabinets to see most of the wiring for the heating element. I'd be willing to bet one of them came loose or a hidden fuse blew on you. Of course, if it is a blown fuse, that could very well be caused by a bad heater element. It would be worth pulling the element out to look it over. I soaked mine in vinegar for a day or two and it cleaned up just fine.

Good luck finding your problem. No doubt others here will have better suggestions for you.
__________________

__________________
Volunteer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2009, 07:00 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 8
Thank you!

Thank you...I didn't even think about that. I'll look and see if i can find a fuse. Appreciate the help.

__________________
firecoop30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2009, 11:26 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,066
There is no "fuse" for electric operation - it will be a 15A or 20A circuit breaker in the AC load center. Should be labeled "water heater". There is an on/off switch on the backside of many Atwood heater models, but if nobody has been in there messing around it won't have changed position on you.

Could be the thermostat for electric mode though. It is also mounted on the tank, on the back side.
__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2009, 09:53 AM   #5
JCM
Senior Member
 
JCM's Avatar
 
Triple E Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Williams Lake,BC Canada
Posts: 990
I have found 2 units where the swtch burns out - even though it has't been used. As a last resort (after checking everything else) - pop out the switch and short the contacts (with power off) - then turn the power back on and see if it works. I got switches for $1.00 each at the Yuma market and now carry a spare.
__________________
2007 Triple E - Empress Elite - Freightliner
WH 22 owner for 7 years
JCM is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hot Water Heater Problems JohnM. RV Systems & Appliances 11 04-07-2009 12:22 PM
Atwood hot water heater low pressure kscouple52 Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 12 01-13-2009 03:46 AM
Hot Water Heater NCTom Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10 01-01-2009 12:17 PM
Water leaking from hot water heater marciegirl 5th Wheel Discussion 10 09-02-2008 03:15 PM
Hot water heater check valve o-ring or seal RTZ6885 Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 2 07-12-2008 08:23 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.