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Old 09-10-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Switch question

I have a 2004 Infinity, when you start to enter the vehicle, there are switches on the left under the sink top. I had the generator running the other day, and when I flipped the first one on the red light came on and the generator lugged down. What is that one for?
Also how do know if the hot water tank is full, or how do you check.
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My 2005 Fleetwood Bounder also has switches at the entrance. There is absolutely no reason why they should be the same as yours but they are: Entry steps on/off, Interior light, Exterior light and luggage storage lights. None of these should load your generator. As for the water heater, first be sure that if you have a water heater bypass valve - used for winterizing so you don't have to fill the water heater with antifreeze - that the valve is in the normal (not the bypass) position. Check the water heater to see if the drain plug is in place (usually a white plastic screw-in plug at the lower front of the water heater). Then if you turn on the hot water tap at the sink, when water comes out and stops bubbling, your water heater is full. Do NOT turn on the electric power or propane for the hot water until you are sure the tank is full.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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You will receive good advise from Thor owners. Someone will have a coach just like yours.. Scroll down the page to "forum jump" Then Thor Industries..
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:54 PM   #4
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One likely possibility for that switch is electric power for the water heater. The sink area is a likely location for the heater switch, it usually has a pilot light, and it would indeed lug the genny down as it handles that extra 10-12 amp load.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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I tried the Thor site, no answer yet. I'll try to explain again maybe I miss led. The switch with red light is the first left one, next is the smaller one with red light, that is the water heater. Next is the slide out and last is 12v light sw. These are all under the sink top, the battery cut off sw. and step sw. is near the bottom of the cabinet.
Thanks again Bob
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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ON a guess. the first switch is the battery disconnect, it was off, and when you turned it on the batteries, which were low cause they were not being charged.. Started sucking power from the converter, which gets its power from the generator.

Option 2: you have a serious problem.

Option 3: Again the cut off switch... Though USUALLY the converter is on the house side of that switch, if on your rig (And this happens if you add an in-line inverter by the way) the converter is hooked to the battery side.

"Connecting" the batteries woudl thus enable the water heater, fridge, and possibly air conditioners and such.
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