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Old 12-03-2017, 05:25 AM   #1
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Some Rookie Questions

1st weekend in our 2017 3820FK, a practice trip while we are still under warranty and before we full time till we figure what we want to do when we grow up. There are a couple things I can't figure out. We have a light labeled DS1 FLT between the gas/electric water heater switches. What is it? Next, before I go back to Camping World for service the water heater (SW12DEL) is not working off electric. Gas works fine, plenty of hot water. The Electric switch in the inside hall panel is on and the switch outside under the cover, lower left corner, is on too. Really hoping to not go back to CW for this, my previous 2 dealings with them was less than I would wish on my enemies. Thanks for any help in advance Joe.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:55 AM   #2
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I don’t know about the light. Two things with your water heater, cycle the circuit breaker off then on in your power center. Outside near the switch there is a breaker labeled “push to reset” that could be tripped.
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Old 12-03-2017, 07:57 AM   #3
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The DS1 FLT lite is the light that will come on if your water heater does lite on gas.
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:08 AM   #4
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There is also a black switch on the water heater it’s usually on the left bottom corner that has to be on for electric to work.
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There is also a black switch on the water heater itís usually on the left bottom corner that has to be on for electric to work.
Outside behind the water heater cover.

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Old 12-03-2017, 12:12 PM   #6
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Hey Florida Flockers
We are from Madison Florida . Also newbies !! Welcome !! We have a 3661 RL !! Just stopping by to say hello !!
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Welcome to the forum, this is a great place to learn and share. Enjoy your new rig!
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The DS1 FLT lite is the light that will come on if your water heater does lite on gas.
Uh Michelle, didn't you mean to write "..if your water heater DOESN'T light on gas..."? The light (LED) is illuminated when you first turn on the gas side of the water heater. Once a flame is detected, it turns off. At least that is how mine (and my previous one) worked.
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Thank you !! Trying to learn how it works too !! :-)
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Thanks for the inputs folks, the DS1FLT inputs were spot on, when the gas ignites the light comes on. As suggested tried cycling the CB, pushing resets under the water heater cover for our problem with electric water heater. No joy. Tried cycling CB, pushing resets, ran the hot water out and left for about 2 hours. Came back & no hot water. Back to gas and all is well. As much as I am dreading it, guess I am headed back to CW. Think I'd prefer a root canal or sharp stick in the eye. One more rookie question, any thoughts on draining the hot water tank before parking it for a few weeks. With our Coachman we'd just unscrew the large (3/4"?) plug under the cover and let it drain. Thanks again, Joe.
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Thanks for the inputs folks, the DS1FLT inputs were spot on, when the gas ignites the light comes on. As suggested tried cycling the CB, pushing resets under the water heater cover for our problem with electric water heater. No joy. Tried cycling CB, pushing resets, ran the hot water out and left for about 2 hours. Came back & no hot water. Back to gas and all is well. As much as I am dreading it, guess I am headed back to CW. Think I'd prefer a root canal or sharp stick in the eye. One more rookie question, any thoughts on draining the hot water tank before parking it for a few weeks. With our Coachman we'd just unscrew the large (3/4"?) plug under the cover and let it drain. Thanks again, Joe.
The switch everyone is a rocker switch, not the reset.. Mine is down on the left side.

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You might be able to do a little diagnosis before subjecting yourself to CW. Pop out the black rocker switch outside on the heater itself. Is there 120V on both sides of the switch? If there is, then check the voltage at the heater element. If someone turned the heater on with no water in the tank, the heater is toast. Check the ohms on it to see if it is open or not. They can be bough at most hardware stores for less than $20.
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Thanks for the inputs folks, the DS1FLT inputs were spot on, when the gas ignites the light comes on. As suggested tried cycling the CB, pushing resets under the water heater cover for our problem with electric water heater. No joy. Tried cycling CB, pushing resets, ran the hot water out and left for about 2 hours. Came back & no hot water. Back to gas and all is well. As much as I am dreading it, guess I am headed back to CW. Think I'd prefer a root canal or sharp stick in the eye. One more rookie question, any thoughts on draining the hot water tank before parking it for a few weeks. With our Coachman we'd just unscrew the large (3/4"?) plug under the cover and let it drain. Thanks again, Joe.

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