Originally Posted by MrsGilroy
Explain to me - can I select electric only? I'm at a campground!
My old camper, I only ever flipped that rocker switch right on the heater.
Never used winterize on heater cause we do the blow out lines and put antifreeze in traps.
I just got this camper last summer and have never had hot water.
Do I not consider a bad element if it's luke warm?
On our interior control panel, there is an On/Off switch for gas and an On/Off switch for electric for the hot water. You can put either or both on at the same time. If you have shore power, you can use electric only and save the gas. If you do not have shore power, you can only use the gas setting. You can use both together during showering to speed up re-heating time.
If your hot water heater is working, you should hear it working - which sounds different between the electric (which may sound like a high pitched hum, WHEN HEATING) and the gas (which will sound like your gas water heater at home or a small furnace due to the gas flame, WHEN HEATING). When the water is fully hot, neither will be on nor will they be heart.
Working very carefully so as not to get burned, if your water heater is on and working, the water in the tank should obviously be hot and you can confirm this but allowing some water out of the overflow valve - again do this very carefully. If the water is not hot in the heater tank, that's one issue. If it's hot in the tank and not coming out hot at the faucets, that's a different issue.
Also confirm that your battery power master switch is on. If it's on, you will be able to use the interior lights and stereo.
Please report back what you find.