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Old 09-29-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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I own a 2010 378, and will be full timing for a few months. Normally when I go out for a weekend trip I turn the hot water heater on prior to using the shower and wait for the water to get hot. Now I will be going to work in the morning and will be crunched for time. My question is, if it is turned on the night prior does it sit idle until the hot water is turned on, or is it burning propane the entire time it is on.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #2
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I own a 2010 378, and will be full timing for a few months. Normally when I go out for a weekend trip I turn the hot water heater on prior to using the shower and wait for the water to get hot. Now I will be going to work in the morning and will be crunched for time. My question is, if it is turned on the night prior does it sit idle until the hot water is turned on, or is it burning propane the entire time it is on.
My experience with 6 gal gas heater, it only cranks up a few times at night to keep the tank hot, not much gas. Have you considered the elect. conversion kit if you don't have it? Believe CW carries a kit.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:38 AM   #3
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Are you sure that you don't have electric option in your hot water heater? Take the outside cover off and look for a small rocker type switch on the lower left corner. You really have to look hard for it.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:02 PM   #4
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Another clue is to look at the AC breaker panel and look for a 110 breaker labeled WaterHeater, or WH.

I thought mine was gas only until I discovered the breaker and found the element was fried.

While the element was bad, I used the propane and left it on a few nights. I don't think it used much gas.

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info, I will check for that electrical option.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:50 PM   #6
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We camp full time and leave the HW on all the time. 30# of gas will last about one month if only using for water and cooking. Went using to run furnace a 30# tank will last one week.
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While we are on the topic of water heater, I have a switch inside that says water heater. When I hit that switch to on what am I doing? Turning on the electric portion or gas portion. Looked, but the book does not say.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:25 PM   #8
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In my motor home, the switch on the panel where the tank level indicators are is the gas WH switch. The electric is on the AC breaker panel...But, you may not have electric...

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While we are on the topic of water heater, I have a switch inside that says water heater. When I hit that switch to on what am I doing? Turning on the electric portion or gas portion. Looked, but the book does not say.
In my camper the inside switch controls the DC portion of the propane fired circuit to heat the water.

The 120 volt AC element is controlled by a black switch OUTSIDE under the water heater cover.

Some units have both switches (AC and DC/Propane) inside.

The RESET light indicates the DC/Propane side of the heater is calling for heat. If it stays lit, the propane did not light for some reason.
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In my camper the inside switch controls the DC portion of the propane fired circuit to heat the water.

The 120 volt AC element is controlled by a black switch OUTSIDE under the water heater cover.

Some units have both switches (AC and DC/Propane) inside.

The RESET light indicates the DC/Propane side of the heater is calling for heat. If it stays lit, the propane did not light for some reason.
Well said Lou, covered all the bases. I note an anomly in the center pic, the anode is out, heater is dry, the electric switch is on!
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