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Old 05-26-2015, 05:12 PM   #1
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Water heater and AC in a 2005 Solaris T-2499

I Just bought a 2005 Sunline Solaris T-2499 and cant seem to figure out how to get the water heater an AC working.Any help would be appreciated. Thank You
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First of all you don't want to try the hot water heater until you know that there is water in it......not sure how your 2005 model work.....we had a 2007 which was electric and gas. I think yours is just gas and you have to lite a pilot light....but I'm sure those more knowledgeable than me will chime in!
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:22 PM   #3
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Ya i dont even know how to do that. The AC i thought was nothing more than setting the thermostat into the cool position and set temp. But that doesnt seem to work.
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Pilot light

There is no pilot on mine, it's electronic. You must have water in the tank for it to work. You can check this by hooking up to city water open the hot water faucets and see if the water runs. If not, you have to check to make sure the h/w tank is full. Check this by lifting the blow off valve to see if water squirts out.(don't do this if the heater is on).if no water, check the by pass valve.

Try this stuff and let us know how you make out.

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Hot water heater

Search hot water heater problems in this forum. It's a wealth of knowledge..
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Welcome to the forum Roseman.

For the Air Conditioner to work you need a 12 volt battery for the controls to work and shore power. The air conditioner draws a LOT of 120 volt ac current to start the compressor. A 20 amp outlet and a short (15 foot) 12 ga cord or better, a 10 ga cord should do it.

The water heater in a 2005 probably has DSI (Direct Spark Ignition) to light the gas. The DSI works off the 12 volt battery to run the control board and provide the igniter spark. I think Atwood was the standard water heater used by Sunline. As Kathy (Poppy & Nana) said, make sure there is water in the water heater tank.

(I see Dave was posting as I wrote the above. )
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Thank you I'm going to try and charge the battery this weekend and see if thats the problem.I'll keep you posted....Mark
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Okay so i got powerng to start AC
hooked ,battery is full and i keep tripping my home breaker while trying to start AC
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I got the water heater working. I charged the battery which shows full , plugged camper into garage recepticle with an extension cord and it keeps tripping the breaker. Also was wondering what the white plastic tank underneath the camper up in front below the bed is?
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Okay so i got powerng to start AC
hooked ,battery is full and i keep tripping my home breaker while trying to start AC
Ok, so you plugged into your home power and keep popping the breaker. You must be on at least 20amps or it will trip. Try using a 20amp circuit and don't turn everything on at the same time. Give that a shot and let us know what happens..
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Thank you sir, we are in the middle of a pretty nasty thunderstaorm so ill try that tomorrow.
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i tried plugging it in at my place of employment, not sure of the amperage there but it is a heavy duty truck shop and trips the breakers.Wondering if my plug adapter could be faulty and could be causing the breakers to trip? The AC sounds like it wants to go but keeps tripping breakers.
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Knowing the amperage of the breaker you are using is critical to troubleshooting. Most outlets are on either a 15 or 20 amp circuit. Doesn't matter what type of business. 15 amp will always trip. If it is 20 amp circuit, you need a short length of larger guage extension cord. Even that might not work. AC takes a lot of power on startup. Best is direct plug into 30 amp circuit like on a generator.
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I got the water heater working. I charged the battery which shows full , plugged camper into garage recepticle with an extension cord and it keeps tripping the breaker. Also was wondering what the white plastic tank underneath the camper up in front below the bed is?

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To run the AC, you need to conserve power in the rest of the camper. The starting amperage is really high and needs the 30 amp receptacle to start the AC unit. Granted if you cut off everything else 120 vac in the camper, and have a full 20 amp receptacle, the AC can start but not on a long light gage extension cord.

Basically you cannot run the AC, the hot water heater on electric, the fridge on electric or even think about the microwave when plugged into 30 amp shore power.

But you can run the AC with the hot water heater on gas, and can use the fridge on electric or gas. Just do not attempt the AC and the microwave with the hot water heater on electric.

Here are the big users of power in this order (most of the time)

1. AC unit
2. Microwave on HI
3. Hot water heater on electric
4. Power converter charging a heavily drained battery or running a lot of lights in the camper.
5. The fridge on electric.
6. Then insert anything you plug into the 120 vac wall outlet can trump 4 and 5.

Basically think of it this way. One high heat producing device at a time, period. 1 toaster, 1 coffee pot, 1 hair dryer, 1 microwave, 1 AC unit etc.

You can get away with 2 devices at a time but you need to be selective and on separate circuits and only when plugged into a full 30 amp service.

The white tank under the camper under the bed room area is your on board fresh water tank. You need to sanitze the tank and the water system before using it each year. If you have the Sunline manual, it describes the spring startup sanitizing. If you do not have one, there is a copy in our files section. See the tab at the top of the form page called "FILES" click it. in there is a lot of good info on your camper.

Hope this helps

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So I was trying to start it with setting on fan, Read it should be in auto, but just trys to run for a few then shuts down.
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We have a 2004 2499 and love it. There was a time when the AC would not work. I had to take the cover off and turn the fan on the roof by hand as it had seized up. Now I have to say the fan itself would not even work. The hot water tank always works fine as long as there is water in it and the battery is properly charged up. Just push the button on the wall by the sink for electric or gas and it should work. The air works as long as we plug into 30amp ac. Due to the fact that the unit seized up one time we turn the fan on even in the winter for a few seconds so it does no sit too long. Good luck I hope all goes well. The 2499 is a great trailer.
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So after trying everything I ended up taking my camper to have the AC checked,turns out both motors were seized up.New AC installed,life is Good. Thanks all for the help. Mark
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Mark,
Did you ever get the water heater to work and did you get an answer for the white tank?


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Got the water heater to work, told he white tank is fresh water holding tank. thanks Steve
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No problem! I like the older style water heaters that you push/pull the pilot knob and light it by hand. The one on my 2000 is a pain in the butt. I have to flip the switch, go out and see if it lit and repeat sometimes up to 9 flips of the switch unless of course, there is a relay that is not working on mine where every few seconds it switches on by itself. I was always told with the white fresh water tank, don't put antifreeze through or in it when you winterize.
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