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Old 08-03-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Suburban Hot Water Tank Electric Heating Element

The electric heating element for the suburban hot water tank is rated at 1440 watts and the cost is close to $34.00. Is there any harm in buying a generic heating element that screws in like the OEM unit but is 1500 watts amd costs around $15.00 at Home Depot?

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Old 08-04-2013, 03:21 AM   #2
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Nope! I did that, it works just dandy.
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:50 AM   #3
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:26 AM   #4
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No problem, I did that years ago and never had a problem
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:40 AM   #5
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That solution, as you can see, is strongly recommended by the folks on the forum.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:25 AM   #6
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I think the builders did that for an electrical load balancing reason, lower the amp-draw and more things work better with 30 amp power.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:46 AM   #7
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Anyone have the "brand name and part number"

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Old 08-08-2013, 10:37 AM   #8
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Check this one out my friend:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-02143-Sc.../dp/B0006IX89Q

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Old 08-08-2013, 11:42 AM   #9
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Ozz, thank you for the information, however I've already bought one from Home Depot. Mind you at this price its a good idea to add a spare to all the other spare parts I now have.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
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quote:Originally posted by Ozz

I think the builders did that for an electrical load balancing reason, lower the amp-draw and more things work better with 30 amp power.
The amp draw difference is .5 amps. 1440/120=12.0. 1500/120=12.5.

You can buy a 1500 watt element at most ACE stores for $9.95. If you are in a 30A site, the water heater probably should be on LP. As should the frig. I want all my power available for the A/C.

There is no load balancing on a single phase 30A ckt.

In my 2014 3150RL the "builders/Keystone" put the water heater and rear A/C on the same leg of the 240/50A service. The second A/C is on the other leg.

So much for load balancing.

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Old 08-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #11
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Yep, you are right. But then you know that. I was thinking a lower amp draw. Hey, a half amp here, a half amp there, pretty soon you have an amp...
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Thanks Jim.....
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