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Old 02-12-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. Just got our first motorhome. It is a 2004 Coachmen Santara 309KS. We love the layout. It fits great for the 2 of us & the dog. We have been truckcamping for the last 12+ yrs. and are looking forward to useing something a LOT larger. Everything works very well and the engine run great. The only thing I donot like is the hotwater heater. It has a Atwood #G6A8E heater and only runs on LP. My question is, has anyone installed a HottRod conversion kit and how hard is it??? I found the end or a 120V plug inside the outside metal cover, but cant see where it gos. Someone told me it was the end plug of a conversion kit. Going to check it out when it warms up. To cold outside!!!!

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:07 AM   #2
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Way cool

K1 - Man do have fun times ahead. My in laws have a camper and use it a lot but I do like our MH a lot better. The extra room makes things so much easier.

As far as your elec. hot water goes the "hot rod" kit we had in our first Winnie screwed in where the tank drain was. I just ran a extension cord from my outside reciep to the element plug. Just remember the outside plug is usually wired to the bathroom ground fault plug so it could pop it if there is to much load. Ours had corroded connections and would pop it until I discovered the connection was bad. Once repaired it work very well.

Good luck an happy trails.
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Hello K1ngdlm and welcome to the forum.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:30 PM   #4
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Congrats on the Coachmen; I hope you have many happy miles! I know lots of people have installed the electric heating element and I think Tomtall's directions are right on the money.
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Welcome to the forum. I don't have experience with the Hot Rod but my MH does have 120V electric and propane that can both be used at the same time. What a difference in recovery time from our propane only truck campers. Get it hooked up and you'll be a happy camper.
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Good luck with your new RV.

It's a good idea to add your rig type and equipment to your signature line. It makes it easier to help when you have questions.
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Well it warmed up finely. I pulled a panel behind the hotwater heater and found a thermostate mounted to the tank. BUT there was no probe wire or heater probe. Called HOTT ROD and they are sending both today. Will let you know how it works out.
TonyDi noted it would be a good idea to add my rig type and equipment to my sinature. How do I do that????????
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[TonyDi noted it would be a good idea to add my rig type and equipment to my sinature. How do I do that????????]
Thanks: kingdlm[/QUOTE]

Click on "User CP" at the top left side of any page. Click on "Edit Signature" from the drop down window on the left side of the page. Enter all the information you wish, then click "Save"
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rskrbina, thanks for the sinature info. Every thing went OK, but the BB code is to large. Any one know what the BB code is, and how do I change it ??

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Janet H is a community administrator. I did a search for BB Code and found she helped someone get their signature issue fixed that had the same problem. You might PM her and see if she can help you as well. Hope this helps and you get your signature how you want it.
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Welcome to the best forum on the net K1!!!
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Thanks rskrina, hope this works.
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Please let us know. Others may have the same issue. Thanks and good luck.
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