RVer Jimmy Smith puzzles over hot water tank


Last night, because we had full hookups at the Collier State Park in Oregon, Jimmy decided to live it up and turn on the hot water tank for the first time since we purchased the rig.

“Reading is not all that much easier than writing for me and after struggling through attempts at what the heck the manual said, I’ve concluded that ‘she plumb don’t work.’

“It’s a fancy-dancy thing that works either with propane, which does work, or electricity that seems to be obstinate at this point,” he writes

To read the rest of his musings, click on Jimmy Smith’s ‘Another View

Photo: Jimmy Smith reading hot water tank instructions. (Julianne Crane).

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  • greetings julianne & jimmy you must be getting soft in your old age hot running h2o met you folks couple years ago at brantley lake i’m back in n.m. “t or c” are you heading south this year drop me an email i’ll fill you in on my adventures best regards philip

  • Jimmy sent back this reply:
    Thanks. I will try to to crawl my sprawling posterior into the region of the switch of the hot water tank. I read about this reset possibility but couldn’t detect it with my outstretched fingers. I’ll give you a update if I am successful.

  • Mike Moore sent an e-mail:

    I had a similar problem with the water heater on my 2001 dolphin when I bought it 3 years ago. Worked on propane, not on electricity even though the light on the electric switch near the sink would come on.
    I finally found there was a reset switch built into the electric heater where it attaches to the tank. Hard to get to and you still can see it. There was a small hole I had to insert a wooden pencil in to push on the reset button. Then it started working.
    I think before I bought it someone had probably turned the electric heater on when there was no water in the tank wondering what the switch was for (no lable) and it overheated and tripped the switch.
    good luck

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