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Old 03-30-2015, 02:01 PM   #11
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The key to managing the hot water switch is to leave it on at the heater and use the breaker switch inside to turn it on and off. This will keep you from turning it on when there is no water in the heater or plugging in shore power and frying your element. You can then use either elec. or propane or both which will give you faster recovery as stated previously.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:09 PM   #12
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You can use both at the same time !
Whomever told you that was completely delirious!


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Nobody told me not to, didn't mean to infer you can't, My point was why? My elec heats up in less than 5 min, 2 min on propane. When setting up at the site, the water is usually up to temp before you need it anyway. If you leave both on, the odds of forgetting one or the other when breaking camp are greater which increases your risk to boil your tank dry and wastes propane when off power. Also never run into issue of running out of hot water either just using elec or propane alone.

My advice is one or the other to keep things simple and save on propane when you have elec available.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:54 PM   #13
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You may not run out of hot water at the sink but trust me, anything longer than a three minute shower will make you see cold water in hurry if you are not running both. Your propane and electric only runs when you are drawing water so there is no chance of "boiling" the water in the heater.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:13 PM   #14
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You may not run out of hot water at the sink but trust me, anything longer than a three minute shower will make you see cold water in hurry if you are not running both. Your propane and electric only runs when you are drawing water so there is NO chance of "BOILING" the water in the heater.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:30 PM   #15
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My Sabre has the switch outside that I turn off every time we disconnect from shore power. I also have two switches inside the control panel. One for gas and one for electric (water heater). If I turn on the outside switch after I confirm water is dripping out of the pressure valve, and forget to turn on the electric switch on the inside, I will never have hot water. Both outside and inside switches must be on in electric in order for the element to work.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:42 PM   #16
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The water heater uses very little propane. We ran over 2 years (well over 200 days) on less than 30# of propane using the RVQ, inside 3 burner stove, refrigerator when traveling plus the water heater the entire 200+ days.

We always have the water heater on propane & electric.
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:36 PM   #17
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OK took it to the dealer to get a quote on adding a 2nd air and asked him to take a look at the heater. He told me nothing was damaged because I never turned on the water heater button or the propane when I had turned on the water heater switch inside the trailer. He said that is the propane switch for the heater and if the propane was off nothing damaged the unit. Thankfully he was right.
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