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Old 02-07-2013, 04:07 PM   #11
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Put a simple switch inside----------

I disconnected the power from the outlet that my water heater was plugged into, Ran the 110VAC through a 15 AMP switch with a pilot light from Home Depot. Then I ran the power from the switch back to the hot water outlet where the tank is plugged into. I cut a hole in the thin panel down on the front of the kitchen cabinet. Installed a blue plastic junction box (the type with "EARS") in the thin panel, ran the 110VAC wire into the box from the outlet for the water heater, connected to the 110VAC switch with red pilot light, ran wire from switch back to water heater plug in box. Presto, Inside switch with light.

IF pictures are requested, I will supply!
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:07 PM   #12
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Lou, this switch will work with the existing wiring to a Suburban water heater?

If so, this may be a modification I probably want, as I would really like to switch mine on/off from inside the camper when running on electric..
It is on my "to Buy" list. If you can wait a few months I will do a report.
If you decide to go now then you write the report.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:13 PM   #13
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Hott Rod is a company.
The remote switch is a product and so is the heated anode.
OK - thanks. The things you can learn on this forum.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:14 PM   #14
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Just so others reading this thread do not get confused, the newer DSI/Electric water heaters use a circuit board (the one with the DSI circuitry) that includes a relay to turn the Electric ON/OFF.

These water heaters normally come with a dual water heater switch assembly that has both the Gas and Electric switches. Also, because the actually AC contact is made on the circuit board, the wiring from the circuit board to the switches is low voltage (12V). This eliminated the requirement to route the 110V AC to the switch and back.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:30 PM   #15
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I disconnected the power from the outlet that my water heater was plugged into, Ran the 110VAC through a 15 AMP switch with a pilot light from Home Depot. Then I ran the power from the switch back to the hot water outlet where the tank is plugged into. I cut a hole in the thin panel down on the front of the kitchen cabinet. Installed a blue plastic junction box (the type with "EARS") in the thin panel, ran the 110VAC wire into the box from the outlet for the water heater, connected to the 110VAC switch with red pilot light, ran wire from switch back to water heater plug in box. Presto, Inside switch with light.

IF pictures are requested, I will supply!
Sid's mod was on my "to do" list before I spotted that kit.
Mod to Water heater 110 VAC
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #16
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Hott Rod Water Heater Switch Kit

Here is more info on the kit; but at a higher price.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:18 AM   #17
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Stand on your head and look closely, there my be a "BLOCKING" pin holding the switch is the off position. Mine had one when it was brand new. It will be located at the very top of the switch. Simply pull it out!

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X2 mine had one too. Jim
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mine got hard to work after abt 2 yrs. sprayed with wd 40 and was able to free it up. then started turning it on and off at the breaker.
i make it a point to shut the breaker off before i disconnect the water line. my switch was turned on during a show or during the walk thru. (i don't have the lock pin but there is a place for it). end result, the heater element burnt out. ever sense, i have always checked the breaker before moving (habit). the breaker is next to the entrance and easy to check. whatever u get useto is what i should do.

wd 40 is excellent; it is a contact cleaner as well as a lubricant. i use to use it to clean tv tuners.
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I use my breaker too as I leave the outside switch on and just switch on and off inside at the breaker . There never is any thing else on that circuit in any trailer I've owned . Jim
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