Water Heater woes and a fix?? - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-05-2018, 09:32 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Name: Fredrick
Trailer: Escape 21 'on order'
Tennessee
Posts: 255
Cool Water Heater woes and a fix??

We just spent 2+ weeks 'docking in a fine northern VT SP in our 2018 Casita Independence Dlx 17' TT. .. Of course there are NO water or electric hookups at any Vermont SP. This of course we knew ahead of time, so we went prepared: 5 gallon water carriers to refill the tank from a "water point", extra drinking water carried along in truck, 140W solar panel aboard. 2200W generator and 5 gal gasoline for it..aboard. etc. All seemed fine until on day 2 we could not get the WH to run on propane. All we knew to check was to no avail: restart tried several times, all breakers and fuses pulled and all checked out Propane tanks checked out and 'switched'..frig and furnace working fine on gas..checked.

Finally got away from camp to where cell phone service was available..call to factory got us no real help either..just a suggestion about stuff we already had tried, and a suggestion to "have it loooked at" when we got home. (cassy is stil under warantee)

Long story short: we made do and had a great time..[WH of course was working fine]at 3 campgrounds w electric hookups or on generator, while heading home.

Got the Cassy to our local TT repair shop yesterday and had the guru look at it...he found a small lead wire connector loosened in the back side of that little plastic junction box atop the water heater..only vissible AFTER we pulled all driver side cushions and removed both large 'wood' access panels under the bed supports on Driver's side. (2018 Independence Dlx)



The area directly in front of the WH is where the 25' 30 amp cord is stored(when you roll it up into the trailer) and he theorized the heavy CORD probably looped around and hit that little wire, loosening it enuf for the WH to NOT fire up...that little wire happens to be the IGNITER WIRE for the WH. Anyways...this problem was something completely new to us.

I plan to somehow 1. engineer some kind of partition to place in front of the WH area..so that the heavy cord will not bugger up the fragile wires to the wh or the invertor/breaker box. OR 2. A solution wd be to install a "marine connector" on the outside of the trailer and have the CORD not at all rolled up into that space. We'll see.

Any thoughts?????? Esp on where to buy a connector etc. Could I still use my cord w a new connector installed ..etc?
__________________

Fred762 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2018, 11:19 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Name: Greg
Trailer: 2008 Casita 17 SD
Washington
Posts: 1,383
Registry
That control board plug-in cord on the top of the WH quite often gets accidentally pulled out, and frustrates many folks because they mostly don't even know it's there. This has been a long documented and on-going problem for years. Makes a good case for installing the bigger utility hatch and the removable twist-lock marine 30 Amp shore power plug, unless you like having to fight and wrestle with that stupid cord through that little hatch, and trying to pull it out and worse yet, having to shove it back in again when you're done. Getting that cord back into that silly little hatch is kinda like the gag gift "spring snake" in a can. Plus, it also gives you access to your converter wiring in the back. Handy if you ever want to add circuits.



I also installed a "hard-wired" Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C surge protector. I like having it inside the trailer behind a locked door rather than the portable plug-in ones which seem to like to grow legs and walk off when you're not looking. This is a link (below) to the one I installed. I also moved the electrical shore power connection to the side and installed a Marinco 30 Amp twist-Lock and a matching female cord end on the remainder of the power cord when I cut it to run into the shore power outlet. In order to perform the installation I enlarged the hole for the small original power cord hatch and put in a bigger one that made installing the surge protector feasible. (It's the same width as the original hatch, just a lot taller.) You can't even get the surge protector through the original small hatch that comes standard, much less see what your doing or have room to use any tools. And now I have extra storage space as well.

https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/B0050EGS5W

https://jet.com/prod...968422b29ea2d22

https://www.amazon.c...amp shore power
Attached Thumbnails
New Electrical Hatch1.JPG   New Electrical Hatch3.JPG  

__________________

Casita Greg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 08:32 PM   #3
Member
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: In the Market
Virginia
Posts: 96
Quote:
Originally Posted by Casita Greg View Post
That control board plug-in cord on the top of the WH quite often gets accidentally pulled out, and frustrates many folks because they mostly don't even know it's there. This has been a long documented and on-going problem for years. Makes a good case for installing the bigger utility hatch and the removable twist-lock marine 30 Amp shore power plug, unless you like having to fight and wrestle with that stupid cord through that little hatch, and trying to pull it out and worse yet, having to shove it back in again when you're done. Getting that cord back into that silly little hatch is kinda like the gag gift "spring snake" in a can. Plus, it also gives you access to your converter wiring in the back. Handy if you ever want to add circuits.



I also installed a "hard-wired" Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C surge protector. I like having it inside the trailer behind a locked door rather than the portable plug-in ones which seem to like to grow legs and walk off when you're not looking. This is a link (below) to the one I installed. I also moved the electrical shore power connection to the side and installed a Marinco 30 Amp twist-Lock and a matching female cord end on the remainder of the power cord when I cut it to run into the shore power outlet. In order to perform the installation I enlarged the hole for the small original power cord hatch and put in a bigger one that made installing the surge protector feasible. (It's the same width as the original hatch, just a lot taller.) You can't even get the surge protector through the original small hatch that comes standard, much less see what your doing or have room to use any tools. And now I have extra storage space as well.

https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/B0050EGS5W

https://jet.com/prod...968422b29ea2d22

https://www.amazon.c...amp shore power

I could not get any of the links to work 😞
mbbear 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
Water Heater Fix yolofitz Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 2 09-03-2018 09:10 AM
Trillium City Water Inlet Woes David Swinnard Plumbing | Systems and Fixtures 32 02-19-2018 05:11 AM
water heater woes Dan B Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 16 08-01-2011 06:40 PM
Water Heater Woes Roger H Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 1 10-14-2008 03:22 PM
My turn to cry... water woes Deb in MN Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 3 04-26-2006 04:38 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.