Originally Posted by Wwaller
We have a 2005 Georgetown XL Model 359.....with a surburban Water heater......My question is......Can I turn off the elect to the Water Heater and have the water heater run on propane even when there is Electr. available.....I understand if electr is available it will run on Elect....if electr is not availabe...then it will run on propane....I would like to have it run on propane most of the time especially when running the onan......any idea..
To answer your question, yes, you can run it only on propane....even if electrical is available.
Running it on electricity is an option, and you most certainly can option not to EVER use it that way.
A lot of RV'ers (especially those with a 30 amp RV) don't use the electric heating element as it draws 12 amps when heating.
As others have pointed out, usually on the Suburban, there is a black switch on the face of the water heater that you use to turn on/off the electric heating element. If you never turn it on, then you won't use the electric heating element.
This may help:
Suburban's electric switch and much more