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Old 09-20-2015, 02:22 PM   #1
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2012 Whitehawk DSRL Water Heater

We just recently purchased this 2012 WhiteHawk, the previous owner had warned us about how hot the hot water will get. He had said he changed the thermostat and same thing. He was not lying it gets very hot, anyone have any thoughts?

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Old 09-20-2015, 04:28 PM   #2
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RV water heater thermostats are generally fixed thermostats with a nominal temperature setting of 140 degrees. These thermostats can be replaced with a lower value thermostat but different water heaters take different thermostats. I have the numbers for Suburban thermostats with values from 130 to 150 degrees if that's the brand of water heater you have.
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My guess is that you have the Atwood 6 gal. heater. There is a replacement thermostat, but most of us have learned how to live with the hot temps. Some open the bypass valve that allows some cold water mix with the hot right at the tank. We have found that by turning on some cold as you turn on the hot at the spigots, we can easily live with the hot temps. There is a method to Atwoods madness. Because its only a 6 gal tank, they increased the temp to help compensate for the lack of volume. It makes a big difference. The trailer we had before had a 10 gal Suburban heater. Its temps were no where near that hot. But low and behold, we NEVER run out of hot water with our current 6 gal Atwood and occasionally we did run out on the 10 gal. Suburban. I thought that we were accepting less in hot water with the Atwood. But that is not the case. The high temp Atwood lets us use all the hot water we need. It takes a little personal adjusting but not much!!
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You are correct it is the Atwood, and we have already learned to live with it.

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