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Old 05-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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2004 Dolphin General Questions

We just purchased a 2004 Dolphin, the salespeople did the walk through quickly and now we have some basic RVing questions. This is our first RV.

1. When I plug into the 50 amp power, does the hot water heater automatically work? On the control panel there are two toggle switches for the hot water heater. Do I need to turn it on.

2. Can anyone point me in the right direction for instructional information on our RV.

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Old 05-16-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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On our 04 National Tropi Cal there were two switches also. One switch for gas the other for electric. Only one needs to be on at a time. If they are not labeled; if you turn on the gas switch you should hear the burner firing up. If the burner fails to light you will then see a dsi light. Turn off the gas switch and turn it on again to retry. Often after sitting for a long period our gas side would not light the first try. Make sure you have water in the heater before you try the electric side because if you turn it on dry, the element will burn out in about 20 seconds. Don't ask how I know this.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:54 PM   #3
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You can turn on both switches for quicker heat-up and/or recovery. Just make sure you have water in the heater. Bleed the air out of the system at any hot water supply.



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Old 05-16-2013, 04:56 PM   #4
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You can turn on both switches for quicker heat-up and/or recovery. Just make sure you have water in the heater. Bleed the air out of the system at any hot water supply.
X2 as Dunner said.

I leave both on. If you are connected to shore power, the water will be heated by the electric heating element. The LP gas heater would normally only start up when the water is not already heated, and it heats it up quicker than the electric heating element. You can also just leave the 120v switch on by itself, just be aware it may take a while for it to get up to the desired heat.

On the other hand, if both are on, the LP gas heater will keep the water hot while not connected to shore power, without you having to think about it. Like if you are on a long road trip and want hot water when you stop along the way.

I usually turn both of them off when not using the RV.

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If the burner fails to light you will then see a dsi light. Turn off the gas switch and turn it on again to retry.
Agreed with BP also.

One other consideration, if you get a DSI light, you may want to level the RV. I believe that you may have the same issue as with the refrigerator if the RV is not level when running on LP gas.

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2. Can anyone point me in the right direction for instructional information on our RV.
Mark,

Search the National RV posts, you will see several links to where you can obtain original owners manuals archived for download.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:19 PM   #7
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Mine came with a manual, but it is pretty much generic. You can download just about all the accessory manuals. I.E. AC, fridge, water heater, etc. Google is your friend.



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Btw, welcome!

For an older RV, you got a good brand. National RV was well constructed and a quality coach. Most of us have found a good value for the dollar spent, and it is fairly inexpensive to "upgrade" versus depreciation for a new coach. I hope yours had low mileage and lasts you many years.

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You almost never hear anything bad about a National. Good value. Glad I found mine.



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Welcome to the forum. Good people, great information here. Just let us know how we can help..
Then go have fun.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:07 PM   #11
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Mark,

I suggest you join two clubs.

1. FMCA - Family Motor Coach Association

Many benefits of membership which you can find on their website at FMCA is for motor coach and motorhome owners. Motorcoach articles, motor home blogs, motor coach advice and motorhome videos.

2. The Dolphins - An FMCA Chapter devoted to owners of National RV Coaches. Covers California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico & Utah.

Go to The Dolphins to see what the club is about and what we do. 2014 will see the 25th Anniversary Rally to be held at Golden Village Palms, Hemet, CA

The Dolphins are 140 coaches strong with LOTS of knowledge about NRV RV's. Plus, they are a great bunch of folks from all walks of life.

Hope to see you at an upcoming Dolphin Club Rally!

Happy Trails!

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mstroh When you plug into 50 amp power the switch in the power bay should be up and on 30 amps it should be down. If on 30 amps I would not run the ac and electric water heater together
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When I had a 5er with dual heat, I left the 120 switch on all the time. Whenever I was recharging my batteries with the genny, I would also be heating water. When I took a shower in the morning or evening, I would do so when I was recharging. I would turn on the gas 15 minutes before I wanted to shower and off when I was done.



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