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Post by Philip Bull on Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:46 pm

In my 2011 Nuevo, the on/off switch for the electric water heater is located inside the wardrobe. When we are on a site with electric hook-up, I wake up in the morning and switch on the water heater for about 30 minutes before taking a shower. My wife is usually asleep in the side of the double bed next to the wardrobe. On opening the wardrobe door to switch on the hot water, the light inside the wardrobe comes on and shines on my sleeping wife. I also have to reach in through a mass of clothes to locate the switch. On my previous AS Clubman the switch was on the outside of the wardrobe, so no problems switching on the water without disturbing my sleeping wife.
I wondered if anyone else has found this was a problem and come up with a simple solution?
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Post by boxerman on Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:53 pm

Why not just leave it switched on all the time? I do.

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:56 pm

boxerman wrote:Why not just leave it switched on all the time? I do.

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+1, provided your not paying for the electricity, though even then it doesn't use loads.

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Post by Philip Bull on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:10 pm

Thanks Frank and Peter, I will try that next time. 
My only concern is that on ACSI sites there is set amount of electricity you can use within the site price. When you exceed this you need to pay extra for it. Also I like to keep the fridge running on electric rather than gas if possible, so I don't want to run out of electricity (as this usually happens in the middle of the night when the site office is closed).
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Post by boxerman on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:30 pm

Once up - or down to temperature, the thermostats on both devices will switch the power on and off to keep that temp steady so you won't be using electricity all the time that they are switched on.

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Post by raymondo on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:34 pm

I agree about the awkward fitting they could have at least positioned it at the front of the wardrobe, or better still flush mounted it at the top of the bulkhead accessible from the lounge.
But if they were going to put it where it is at least fit a switch with a neon telltale  so that you could see if it is on or off without having to plunge your arm into the deepest recess of the wardrobe to feel for it !
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:46 pm

Mine has a neon on it, much late MH though.

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Post by roli on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:49 pm

Never had a problem on ACSI sites we have used over the amount of leccy consumed.   If it's a problem move the switch

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Post by daisy mae on Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:01 pm

my switch is near the front of the wardrobe, I have found in the caravan especially, if boiling a kettle I switch off the water heater, or space heating, as have been known to trip the electric then have to get the warden to reset, and they are not pleased, have a notice on the kettle reminding me to switch off the heater. haven`t others come across this ? I am talking UK here.

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:39 pm

Not had that problem, kettle is low wattage Job (800W), Water heater is 850W, so only 8 amps combined. The PSU only takes 1.5A.

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Post by raymondo on Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:38 pm

Mine has a neon on it, much late MH though.



according to the handbook mine has a neon on it  - but it doesnt
In truth the only time I care whether it is on or off is during the winter season when it is laid up, I hook her up at the weekends and every week end I have the same panic "is the hot water off" -(the system is drained and the heater probably wouldnt appreciate being run dry)

my switch is near the front of the wardrobe



I get the impression that these things are just put where ever the fitter feels like instaling them
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Post by KMRTOPAZ on Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:16 pm

I had a similar problem in our Topaz. The switch, which has an indicator light, was located inside the cupboard under my wife's bunk and not accessible without raising the bunk!!!! 
I moved it to the face of the cupboard where it is within easy reach from my bunk, can be seen and can be switched on without disturbing my wife. I have always been concerned about the possibility of switching on an empty heater.
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Post by Peter Brown on Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:23 am

roli wrote:Never had a problem on ACSI sites we have used over the amount of leccy consumed.   If it's a problem move the switch

Spotted this thread as could also programme 6502.

I've used ACSI for years and wasn't aware of the limit till now and confirmed from the book. I use at least 5 times the quoted max consumption, have never been asked to pay more or come across a site that has the interest in measuring it. I've seen a couple of sites (both in skiing areas) that have meters and they may read them in winter?

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