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Old 07-04-2015, 02:36 PM   #1
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Suburban sw6de - how to use

Ok for the first time I went to use my water heater and failed. Checked for water with pressure valve, all good. Switch by unit was off and I flipped the switch to on in the camper. Thought that would run in electric mode only. Nope. So opened the door to the unit, flipped the switch on, hit the reset button, gas fires up, had a nice shower.

So tell me how do I run in electric only mode, gas only and gas and electric together. Tried reading manual and that didn't help. Couldn't find a good video either. Need laymen terms lol
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This is one of the most confusing and frequently asked questions. We have a very detailed thread in the FAQ section here, Hold on and I will get the link:
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See if this link below helps, as it's supposed to be in simple terms. It's kind of long, but like I said is detailed.

Suburban's electric switch and much more
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Ok now that I'm sober and read it again I'm pretty sure I got it. So when all set up at camp and everything is filled/hooked up....

Propane only.... just flip the dsi switch inside the camper

Electric only... turn on the switch on the water heater

Electric and propane... hit both switches
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Ok now that I'm sober and read it again I'm pretty sure I got it. So when all set up at camp and everything is filled/hooked up....

Propane only.... just flip the dsi switch inside the camper

Electric only... turn on the switch on the water heater

Electric and propane... hit both switches
That's it.

However, it's advisable to only take RV showers when you ARE sober and/or on full hookups. It makes quite the mess if you pass out in the shower and the grey tanks fill up.

Uhhm I think I read about it somewhere, happening to a friend of mine, or something.
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Lol ya I was sober at shower time. I left the electric switch on but don't have hot water, gonna have to check fuses, of course the fuses and breakers aren't labeled.
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Lol ya I was sober at shower time. I left the electric switch on but don't have hot water, gonna have to check fuses, of course the fuses and breakers aren't labeled.
The fuses go to 12 volt things like your propane DSI. The water heater on electric will have a circuit breaker. If you ever turned on the electric heating element without water in the tank, then it may have fried the element.This is common.

Also, you have TWO hi-limit temperature emergency cut offs that are built onto the thermostats, both for the propane and electric heating element. Both of these are underneath two rubber covers on the face of the water heater. One is for the propane and the other is for the electric heating element.

If you are sure there is water in the heater, then you can press the resets on the rubber cover and see if the electric element comes on. If not, you may have other problems.

We have also seen that the electric element is not even plugged in to an outlet on new trailers. Access behind the water heater, and see if the power cord is even plugged in. You will have to gain access to the back of the heater from inside your RV....thru a cabinet, fake panel, drawer, etc.
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The timing of this post is incredible. I will be testing this out this coming week. I didn't know my year old trailer had a gas/electric water heater. Not sure how it will do with my house power but I like to test things at home prior to traveling. Thank you!!
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The timing of this post is incredible. I will be testing this out this coming week. I didn't know my year old trailer had a gas/electric water heater. Not sure how it will do with my house power but I like to test things at home prior to traveling. Thank you!!
If it is the only 120V item on WH will work fine. Just make sure WH is full first. You will burn up element instantly if it's dry.
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