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Old 07-21-2012, 08:06 AM   #1
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Installing Hott Rod Thermostat in Seabreeze

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I have a 2003 Seabreeze I'm trying to install a Hot Rod electric heating element into an Atwood hot water heater.
The instructions have you install the thermostat onto the back of the hot water heater.
On my Seabreeze the back of the water heater unit is inaccessable unless I remove the complete unit. I wouldn't mind doing this once, but I will not be able to adjust the thermostat setting or the Reset switch if it's mounted to the back side.
Anybody done this a different way?
Thanks,

Mike
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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Can you make an access panel? I adjusted mine, but factory temp. is pretty good.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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I ended up removing the hot water heater and cutting an appropriate sized opening in the front sheetmetal cover of the hot water heater for the thermostat just to the left of the "Gas" temperature sensors.
Placing the thermostat for the Hot Rod out in front made the wiring terminals and thermostat available right out front.
I did have to trim a little bit of the exhaust heat sheild sheet metal to make room for the thermostat and set point dial.
Thanks to those that contributed their idea, not to connect the heater electrical cord to an existing electrical outlet and causing an additional load on that circuit.
I left my electrical cord loose and will connect it to the RV park's 20 amp electrical post connection seperately, from my normal 50 amp connection.
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I left my electrical cord loose and will connect it to the RV park's 20 amp electrical post connection seperately, from my normal 50 amp connection.
Shouldn't be a problem with a 50 amp RV. There's (theoretically) 100 amps available 50 amps X 2 X 120 volts = 12,000 watts. True, you might have to balance the load but I haven't had a problem with our gas/elec/motor aid setup as wired from the factory.
It would be more important on a 30 amp rig. I wired two of them.
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Hi,

I have a 2003 Seabreeze I'm trying to install a Hot Rod electric heating element into an Atwood hot water heater.
The instructions have you install the thermostat onto the back of the hot water heater.
On my Seabreeze the back of the water heater unit is inaccessable unless I remove the complete unit. I wouldn't mind doing this once, but I will not be able to adjust the thermostat setting or the Reset switch if it's mounted to the back side.
Anybody done this a different way?
Thanks,

Mike
However you do it, make sure the thermostat is securely attached. The directions say to 1. use the double sided tape supplied, then 2. run a bead of silicone caulk around the thermostat and 3. pack the insulation back in around the thermostat. I had mine installed by Camping World because access was very tight in my MH. The installer just used the tape and omitted the other steps. After a few weeks the thermostat fell off. The result was the heater just kept on heating, boiled the water, blew the safety valve and sprayed boiling water all over the Atwood circuit board. The water was so hot it also stripped some paint from the side of the MH. Fortunately CW picked up the tab for all the repairs. Oh, and the tech who did the install got fired on the spot.
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In a 50 amp rig for sure just wire it into your panel with a switch, now you got to carry an extension cord and all that jazz. I wired it into my panel and I have a 30 amp rig, no problems at all. Same rules apply, just can't run microwave, air conditioner and coffee maker at same time.
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I better run that bead of caulking around it; I didn't see that in the instructions.
I do have one end of the thermostats 2 mounting tabs installede behind the sheetmetal to help hold it snug, but that's only at one end.
I'm going out right now to put that caulking on before I take it back to storage.
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