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Old 04-25-2011, 09:27 PM   #1
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Red face Who sold the conversion to electric water heater at Sarasota? I need one...

There was a vendor at the Sarasota Flea market this year who was selling an add-on to the water heater to work from electricity. I need it. If anyone knows who he is, Please let me know, or where to get one.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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The water heater in your '07 Airstream should already be a gas/electric combo. The device you seek is called a 'Hott Rodd' and I would NOT use or install one for any amount of money.

What you are doing is going around the design and certification specifications of your water heater by adding an un-approved heating source that was NOT DESIGNED into your heater from the factory.

If your current water heater is not working on electric, you have a very easy repair by any competent RV Tech. I strongly suggest that you find one and have your heater repaired and forget about using a potential death trap like a Hott Rodd.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:27 AM   #3
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Unfortunately, our water heater works ONLY on propane. Do you recommend replacing the whole unit? With what unit? Any recommendation? Or, is there another fix besides Hott Rodd? We want to mostly use our water heater on electric and rarely on propane. Thanks.
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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Curious what's wrong with running it on gas...?
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I prefer to use the campgrounds electricity instead of my gas when possible.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:00 PM   #6
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Yes, but if you couldn't, would you replace your water heater just to be able to do that?
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I didn't suggest he should. You questioned his reasoning, I pointed out the obvious benefit.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:49 PM   #8
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Actually I'd consider going all electric -- I don't like the HWH kicking on at 2:00am in the morning ... too noisy for the tent campers. As a former tent camper I never like it either. Even now we tend to shut the HWH off much of the time...but have to remember to turn it back on before washing dishes. Going electric would solve that problem.
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hott rodd's work just fine, same as factory setup.
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hott rodd's work just fine, same as factory setup.
THIS IS INCORRECT!!

You place a Hott Rodd into the threaded position where the drain plug is located. It does NOT have internal switching nor integrated thermostat, nor direct hard wiring to the breaker box like a factory water heater does. Further, they are a fire hazard as they have no UL certification!

My only suggestion is either go LP-fired tankless or get a dual fuel Atwood 6 gallon water heater that has integrated electric!

You simply don't take a UL rated unit and add an electric element (Hott Rodd) to it and say it's the same. It de-rates the entire unit and will void the warranty on any new unit!
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How can one argue with Lewster. He is not on here to make money, just to give some very sage advice. And all this is at no charge, from someone who has been there, done that. I have never read bad advice from this guy.
Thank you Lewster for all of your advice.
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it has a thermostat, read up on them, and safe, installed many of them. some of u guys go overboard sometimes.
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it has a thermostat, read up on them, and safe, installed many of them. some of u guys go overboard sometimes.
YOU CAN NOT GO 'OVERBOARD' WHEN SAFETY IN IN QUESTION!!!!!

Look, it's your money and your life........do as you see fit. My advise comes from a professional view of RV components and safety. I have spent over a thousand hours in training and certification to get a Master RV Technician rating. How many courses have you taken?

Yes, a lot of things will work, but for how long and at what ultimate price? There are currently only 6 devices that are RVIA certified for hot water production for use in an RV. Atwood and Suburban water heaters, Precision Temp and Girard tankless water heaters and all of the products from Aqua-Hot Heating Systems and Oasis Thermal Systems.

And by the way, exactly what are your qualifications for installing an unrated heating element into a production water heater ("installed many of them")? If you are doing this for others, I sure hope you carry a very large amount of professional liability insurance.

NOTICE ANYTHING MISSING????????????

And some folks have been asking me why I don't post as often as I used to. I think the answer is quite obvious!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank You Lewster.
I will look for the Attwood heater to replace mine. I want the capability of both electric and propane and I'm willing to replace the water heater for that.
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