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Old 07-14-2014, 03:57 PM   #1
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Georgetown XL Water Heater Question

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..
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:10 PM   #2
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There should be a small black rocker switch that is rather inconveniently located behind the water heater exterior access door. It is hard to see in the lower left behind the propane burner tube. Many owners add an interior power switch for the water heater.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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If you have the electric on (outside switch) and gas on (inside switch) it will run on both. This is good if you need hot water quicker and if a lot of people are taking showers. We normally run it on electric to save on propane.
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just like you, i keep mine on propane when traveling so that when the genset is running it is not drawing on it. when i get to a site with hookups that are 50 amp, i have a checklist and i go out and flip the switch up, and then shut it off when leaving, to save propane. for a 30 amp site, i leave it on gas.

the idea of a switch inside is nice, but i will save my time for other mods.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:27 AM   #5
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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
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:29 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info.......The reason for running on propane is that while running off genset.........the lights will dim.......Thought maybe the Water Heater was drawing to many amps (?)
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:47 PM   #7
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You can also use the breaker in the electric breaker panel inside to turn WH on and off although some folks don't like tripping it frequently.

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Got a very odd thing happening with my hot water..........the water heater is on and you can turn on the facuet and have hot water....then can turn it on later and nothing come out the facut.......the water heater is on....the values are correct .....the heater has water in the tank........anyone had this problem.....thanks w.waller
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Does water come out the cold water taps ?


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Thanks VinceU.......I think I found the problem with some of the valves that were incorrectly positioned........Thanks again....
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