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Old 01-15-2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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Outside Electric Switch

We just bought a used 05 Georgetown Xl 370TS, as an upgrade from our TT. We are camping in it and tried to turn on the outside electric switch for the water heater and it will not budge. Stuck in the Off position. Any ideas, or has anyone had to change or just rewire the switch to an inside location. I pulled the inside plate off, but cannot for the sake of me figure out where the wires are to that toggle switch to either bypass or get it out.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:38 AM   #2
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Replace our switch due it stopped working, it snapps in so there is little prongs (for lax of better term) on the top and bottom.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:18 AM   #3
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Thanks. I tried to pull it out, but was not really sure about putting a pair of pliers on it to give it the extra ooomph. I will do so. Either way it has to come out. Then I am going to try to figure out how to seal up the outside opening and move the whole switch inside my coach. Next step is going to be putting in a bigger water heater and a 5000 pound hitch. That will wait until spring though.
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Thanks. I tried to pull it out, but was not really sure about putting a pair of pliers on it to give it the extra ooomph. I will do so. Either way it has to come out. Then I am going to try to figure out how to seal up the outside opening and move the whole switch inside my coach. Next step is going to be putting in a bigger water heater and a 5000 pound hitch. That will wait until spring though.
Several members have just made ways to switch the electrical outlet that the water heater is plugged into on/off. They leave the outside switch in the on position, and just use their modified outlet switch to turn the electrical on/off at the outlet itself.

Others still, leave the outside switch in the on position, and just use the electrical breaker (in the breaker box) that powers the outlet to the water heater as an on/off switch.

Others, even add a switch inline between the breaker box and the water heater outlet.

There are several forums detailing this. Here is one from Iggy:

Added switch for Hot Water Heater inside

Just keep in mind, when making a switch for the 120 volt electrical element, the switch itself and any added wiring has to be rated for 120 volt AC (and usually 15 amps).....and not 12 volt DC (like the propane/DSI switch is).
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:30 PM   #5
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Look closely, on my '05 GT there is a cotter pin holding the switch in the closed position that must be removed in order to turn WH to on position.

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Look closely, on my '05 GT there is a cotter pin holding the switch in the closed position that must be removed in order to turn WH to on position.

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Old 01-15-2014, 09:01 PM   #7
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Also, at least in my unit, the on position is oposite of the normal on position. Down instead of up.
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take a flash lite and check to see if there is a small cotter pin in the switch this is put in to keep it off pull the cotter pin out and yes it we use our water heater on elec. all summer using this switch to turn it on and off rather than using it on propane
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:00 PM   #9
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I am up and running thanks. I have never encountered the cotter pin before on one of the TT we have owned. I am going to leave it on and wire in an electric switch inside by the water heater to turn the main electric feed off and on, so I will not have to deal with that switch any longer.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:14 AM   #10
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when we do shut off the heater when traveling and such, I just use the breaker, easy peasy and everyone is happy happy happy.
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