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I purchases a used FEMA trailer for a deer camp. The hot water heater seems to work as it takes ice cold Well Water and warms it, but it doesn't get HOT. Does anyone know if these trailers have a thermostat on the hot water heater that can be adjusted to turn up the heat? I believe the water heater is the RV Atwood model. I searched the web to no avail. Thanks for any help you can give.
November 23, 2010 at 7:27am
tuffhuntinProfile Photo
Posted November 23, 2010 at 8:13am

can't pass it up, you say you have a 'hot water heater', if you water is already hot then why do you need to heat it, shouldn't you get yourself a 'cold' 'water heater', all water heaters have a thermostat, it might be under a cover plate and some insulation, some are very visible others are not, might be small almost looking like a scope adjuster

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Posted January 04, 2011 at 7:28pm

i had a camper trailer and the thermostat was on the hot water heater itself, where it should be! don't know about this one!!!! remember, it was made to government specks!!! if i was you, i would e-mail the great and all knowing, intelligent, barrack hussein obama, whatever country he's from!!! i am sure he will be glad to help you out, just like he's trying to help out all, the hard working, tax paying american people????? my opinion!!!!!!!

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e-man (R)Profile Photo
Posted January 06, 2011 at 8:42am
water heater

Besides looking at the thermostat you may need to check your voltage on the water heater.
Have seen some in campers that were 220v .
If its just getting 110v it will warm the water after a time but will never get hot .
another thing to check is if the heater is dual element one of the elements may be burnt out.
It only takes a min. to burn an element if it gets powered up w/ no water in the tank.

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Posted January 07, 2011 at 6:51am
water heater

does it have 2 heating elements?
if so one is burned out. drain your water out and remove bothe elements if it has 2 . you will see which one is fried . if not check with ohm meter for continuity .drain water turn off breaker before touching it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!its gotta be an element or thermostat or the reset button on the thrermostat controller-reset button must be pushed with unit powered up i believe

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swamper 01Profile Photo
Posted January 07, 2011 at 8:54pm
water heater

there should be a thermostat under the element cover, but like someone else said it may be a heating element going out.
the thermostat should be under the highest cover.

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gillysuitProfile Photo
Posted April 07, 2014 at 1:39pm
This is a gas/butane Atwood heater

Not sure by the comments if anyone really understoof the question. I also bought one of these and use it on a deer camp. They don't heat water for 'you know what' luke warm is about as best way to put it. Hot weather they do ok, but when it;s cold they put out lukeish warm. I have replaced the little elements on mine thinking that was the issue, it's not, does anyone know if this can be upgraded, or turned up to a hotter degree to heat the water? To the main poster, I'm looking at putting a 20 gallon hot water heater electric to have a decent shower in the middle of cold hunting season. Would be cheaper if someone could tellus how to correct this on these campers. And to the otherposter, Obama drew a red line on this... so

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