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Old 10-29-2014, 05:33 AM   #1
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Where is the water heater electric switch on Itasca Soleil 38

maybe i am missing the obvious, but where is the switch to heat water on our itasca solei 38. all i can find is the propane switch. just got the MH a couple weeks ago.
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:29 AM   #2
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are you SURE the heater is both gas and electric? not all are.

If your floor plan has the "one place" panel, here is a picture: http://www.goitasca.com/products/201...ystems_center/

ON EDIT: I just looked at the Solie specs and it says you have a 10 Gallon LP water heater with electric IGNITION. Nothing about both to heat the water. If true, what were they thinking.......a $200K DP with a cheap water heater that cost you propane when you could be using CG electric. Sad
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:48 AM   #3
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So where is the electric switch? Unfortunately, it is still in the parts bin at Winnebago!
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:52 AM   #4
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Book says for electric turn the switch on the panel to on. Kinda thinking the switch is in fact in a parts bin. Pulled the panel from the side of the MH and there is only the propane tubing. Didn't see any electric element. Put the question on the list for when I go back to the dealer.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:22 AM   #5
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2014 model and maybe some early 2015 models are LP only.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:39 AM   #6
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If you had that feature, the switch would be in the OnePlace panel next to the engine block heater switch. Switch would be same type as used for block heater.
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No switch on that panel despite what the book says. Looking like I will be buying propane. 25K trailers have dual powered heaters. What was I thinking.
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No switch on that panel despite what the book says. Looking like I will be buying propane. 25K trailers have dual powered heaters. What was I thinking.
Easy to miss!
Some, like our DSDP have the water heater plumbed into the engine coolant.
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Easy to miss!
Some, like our DSDP have the water heater plumbed into the engine coolant.
I thought ALL Winnebago coaches had the engine coolant circulating thru the water heater. They call it "motor aid". My hot water is scalding hot after a long drive, so I know it works. I have a 10 gallon LP & 120V electric water heater in my gasser. Can't imagine why they would not do that for their newest DP models. Must save them a few bucks on each coach, ya think?
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How do they make a Solei? Take a Meridian and start removing features. How do they make a Meridian? Take an Ellipse and start removing features. Its all about the Benjamins.
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I thought ALL Winnebago coaches had the engine coolant circulating thru the water heater. They call it "motor aid". My hot water is scalding hot after a long drive, so I know it works. I have a 10 gallon LP & 120V electric water heater in my gasser. Can't imagine why they would not do that for their newest DP models. Must save them a few bucks on each coach, ya think?
Yep, the "motor aid" was an option on our DSDP (something over $200 back then) and the water is HOT when we stop!
And yes, I'm betting s few buck here and a few bucks there.
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No MotorAid on the Forza/Solei. Added Hott Rod and it works well. Just fire up the propane for showers and time sod heavy use.
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Just googled the hott rod. Seems like an inexpensive solution. Do you have an on/off switch or is it operating whenever it sees AC power?

As for meridian it is definitely a huge upgrade over the Solei. The floorplan of the Solei was the deal clincher for us. Price diff was a bonus. I do not see the items on the meridian adding up to cost increase over the Solei. I may change my mind after owning this for a while.
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They offer a switch kit also. Both can be found on Amazon. You should add their anode as well. I had to order the anode directly from them. Diamond Group
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