Old Buiscuit, I think you're right. I bet that switch isn't to warm the waste tanks, but rather, for the hot water tank. I'll have to confirm it the next time we head out, but this makes sense.
Well, thanks. Every bit of info is helpful. The switch is on the lower left, and it is the only switch. I'll look, but I don't think there is a gas switch anywhere inside. Other than lights, slide outs, canopy, the only two switches are for the water pump and heating the tanks during cold weather.
I bought it new and got it very late in the year 2009.
For now, I can continue to unplug a lead to the gas valve, I guess.
I only see one switch. It's a 'rocker' switch.
And the wire I pulled off was attached to what appears to be some kind of a solenoid, which I imagine is there to start/stop gas flow. There are two wires, which have two connectors each, attached to what looks like two identical solenoids or valves, side by side. There are no other visible wires or switches.
I have a 2010 5th wheel, made by Keystone.
I turned off the water heater switch earlier this year because I drained the tank and didn't want to burn out the electric heater. I assumed the same switch would turn off any possibility of the gas heater, too, but on my way back from the Gulf, I walked by the trailer at some point and discovered the gas heat was running. On an empty tank.
Maybe that has happened before and I didn't notice it. I pulled a wire loose and that stopped it instantly. I recently de-winterized it and did a shakedown local camping trip; hooked up the wire and turned the switch back on. The heater worked fine on electricity.
SO . . . the question: should the gas heater work when the switch is turned off? Any thought about what is wrong, if anything?
(I should note that the sheet metal around the water heater was replaced last fall, following a tire blow-up, so the heater may have been removed during replacement.)
For whatever it's worth, I have a Curt hitch in a short bed F250. Bought it late 2009, I've been all over the US with it, approx. 35,000 miles to every corner of the country. In the first year I used the slider a couple times. I've never used it in the last 4-5 years. In retrospect, I really didn't need it the first couple of times, either, it was a confidence issue.
So . . . I've read many posts about the Bilstein shocks and how good they are. But I had so few miles on my truck, I just couldn't get motivated to change the OEM shocks out. And I was reluctant to spend the money, fearing that it would seem wasted. This past winter, driving on and over snow and frozen slush finally gave me the motivation.
So I ordered them from Amazon, about $310 for a set of four for my 2012 King Ranch, and I must say: I should have done it a long time ago. Just adding my affirmation to what others have said, the improved ride is very noticeable. It's still a truck, but it doesn't lean in corners like it used to, it doesn't jerk me from side to side, and the unloaded back end doesn't hop all over the place as I go over potholes, etc.
I should have listened and done it long ago. Gotta remember: I've never gotten bad advice on this forum. BTW, my truck had only 26K miles on it. I may start putting more miles on it now. I used to go out of my way not to run errands locally with it because of the miserable ride, but it's quite tolerable, now.
I've been all over the country with Co-Pilot. It's better than any stand-alone GPS I've seen, regular map updates (free), quick and EASY. And for anyone thinking about buying a GPS device: the development funds are going into smart phones and pads, not GPS devices. I like Drive Motion-X best, but it is very data intensive, whereas Co-Pilot doesn't use data as you travel. Both are free.
Many of the other Apps mentioned are very good. I also like GS Camping (Good Sam), RV Parks, Park Finder, World Atlas.
For finding nearby places to eat, off the Interstate: Urban Spoon, Yelp.
Handy little level: DualLevel.
Entertainment: Netflix, Fandango, Amazon Instant Video, TV Guide, Flipboard, and of course Kindle.
Saving misc data and passwords: 1Password. It's free, and data is shared between an iphone and an ipad automatically. This is true also of Evernote, but it doesn't seem to offer the excellent password protection of 1Password. Evernote is great, though, for organizing data, like I have info on campgrounds and favorite sites, license plate numbers and renewal dates, non-critical passwords, favorite authors, a history of vacations taken and suggestions for the future, lists of things like what services to turn off when leaving for a trip and where/how to do it, departure checklist . . . you name it.
I'm skeptical. I wonder what the BTU output of a little trailer water heater actually is. Not that great, would be my guess, like 15 or 20 Amps at 120 volts. What is the breaker size for heating water with electricity I wonder?
I remember when one of my HVAC managers got the idea of heating a home with in-floor hot water using two full-size (40 gallon) electric water heaters. It couldn't do the job, because the BTU capability was only, if I remember right, 10,000 BTU's each, and 20,000 BTU's couldn't do the job when it got really cold.
If the water heater in a trailer is 15 amps, then it could produce about 5,000 BTU's, and if run on gas, it isn't likely to be much greater than the heat output from electricity.
So: if you can only get 5,000 or so BTU's out of a water heater, then you'll need further heat sources when it gets cold. My 30-ft 5th wheel needs TWO 5000 BTU space heaters when it gets down to about 30 degrees. (I can't stand my furnace, and haven't used it even once since verifying that it worked, 5 years ago.)
One final point: running the H out of your water heater may lead to scaling, carboning, oxidizing, etc and otherwise shortening the life of the heater. Trailer water heaters are quite expensive. For that reason alone, I'd opt for a couple electric space heaters.
i have a 2010 Mountaineer RK, officially a 29.5 ft. We've pulled it well over 30,000 miles and are on our third set of tires.
We've been quite happy with it. Only minor issues. The items you mentioned: no steps from bedroom to bathroom. Good storage, in fact, far more than we need or use. But then, we've never been on more than a 2-month trip, we don't 'live' in it.
If I were buying a new trailer, I'd probably get the same thing, only newer, of course.
BTW: the only complaints I've heard about a RK is dishes falling out of the cupboard. It happened to us. But you learn, and adapt. We put a stretchy strap over the handles on the cupboard over the sink, which prevents the problems we experienced with things falling on the floor on really rough roads. It only happened a couple of times, but who wants that? And we decided using glass was impractical, other than containers for storing/reheating food (which are practically indestructible).