Convert your RV’s propane water heater to gas/electric.
Hott Rod units are proven for safe, quiet operation while providing generous supplies of hot water. Your propane system remains intact for those times when hookups are not available. Fully adjustable thermostat with 90° to 150°F range. For faster heat up, the propane system can be used along with the Hott Rod for up to 25% more hot water. 110-volt.
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It was easy to install but it leaked at the heating element and adapter flange. According
to the directions you can't tighten the element more than 3 turns otherwise the element
might break off. After tightening the adapter flange another 1/2 turn the leak stopped. It
didn't leak till after the water heater was turned on for45 min., which increases the
pressure inside the tank. Works very nice.
I will say this upfront, I am a girl with little
electrical/mechanical experience. I got this to change the
water heater to electric because propane scares me! Anyway,
it arrived fast, I read the instructions and literally
within 30 minutes had it hooked up and ready to test. Maybe
I am lucky and had an easy to access heater, but it is very
straightforward. I filled the water tank back up and turned
on the unit (I upped the thermostat to almost 150) and when
I checked back an hour later I had hot water from the
faucet. Hot enough to mix with cold water for a decent
length shower. Please check that you have an outlet nearby,
because the only thing I can see tripping someone up is that
the cord isn't long enough and you'd have to get an outlet
put in closer to the tank (they do not suggest using an
extension cord). I haven't road tested this yet, but from
other reviews I feel confident all will be well.
Need to pre-warn customers as to the need to disconnect the gas line and loosen the burner assembly so as to make room to install the unit in a Atwood 6 gln models. Some may not
remember to turn off the gas before disconnecting the line and may not remember to check the line connection for leaks after the install. Also need to update the instructions as to the sticky pad and the thermostat sensor. Instructions say not to cover the
hole up but the new ones don't have a hole and it is
confusing as to the need for the hole. I called about the
lack of a hole and they said it would be OK. Doesn't make
sense to obstruct the sensor but it seems to work, hope the
guy was correct, as it's installed with the sticky pad
covering the sensor. No, there was no punch out hole.
Other than that, after 1 week on the road it seems to be
doing what it is supposed to do.
My ot water eater in my 1988 Pace arrow started to act up. So I researched this electric heatingrod for a labor day camping trip. It took about 25 minutes to install, then I plug it into the oulet in the bathroom. Took about two ours on intial start up prior to our departure. once at tjhe camp ground it had no problem keeping up wit our demand. we
waited about 10 minutes between showers for three adults.
This will use approximately 440 watts, 110 volts at 4 amps.
November 18, 2013
I have a electricl socket just outside my water heater. Can I just plug it into this socket?
by mikeSeptember 04, 2013
Any standard 110 volt outlet will work, yes.
September 06, 2013
Are their kits available for all US made water heaters
WILL ANY KIT FIT ANY WATER HEATER AS LONG AS THE GALLON RATING IS THE SAME?
I assume the kit fits either the drain hole or the anode hole,these are not the same size are they.
by VinnieMay 02, 2013
The Hott Rod kits are designed to fit the anode rod port for 1/2" and 3/4" sizes (found in Atwood and Suburban water heaters).
May 03, 2013
Have kit but have lost instruction on how to install. Can I get a copy of the instruction or a site where I can download them ?
by cbdeajrApril 24, 2013
Installation instructions are available at the manufacturer's website: http://www.hottrod.net/hott_rod_installation.asp
April 30, 2013
Will this fit a 6 gallon Atwood water heater?
by fordguruMarch 22, 2013
Yes, this will work with 6 gallon Atwood models.
March 25, 2013
Will this unit work on a Suburban SW6 series gas hot water heater?
by GEORGE February 18, 2013
Yes, the electric element on this goes in place of the anode rod on your heater.
February 19, 2013
How many watts does it pull?
by leoFebruary 12, 2013
This will use approximately 440 watts (110 volts at 4 amps).
February 15, 2013
How do you turn it on and off?
How do you turn it on and off? Do you have to plug it in everytime or is there a on off controller for it? How much current does it draw? I assume you put the heater rod in where the anode currently is installed on the water tank?
by bigrigJohnnyDecember 17, 2012
As the unit is packaged, to turn it off or on you would simply unplug it or plug it in. There is a switch kit sold separately (item number 47674). This unit will draw approximately 4 amps (450 watts at 110 volts). The element with this kit installs in place of the anode rod, yes.
December 17, 2012
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