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Old 11-03-2013, 02:30 AM   #1
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I have a 2014 Georgetown XL 377. It has a gas/electric 10 gal water heater. Whether the water heater switch inside the RV at the command center is on or off I still get hot water. The is no switch at the command center that allows me to select gas or electric. Can anyone tell me how the dual hot water system works and why I get hot water all the time?
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:35 AM   #2
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The switch inside is for both or just electric?
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I have a 5th wheel, but if yours is like mine, there is a switch outside on the water heater. That switch turns the electric operation on and off. The gas operation is controlled by the switch at the command center.
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That switch on mine is lower left side on water heater. Small and not readily visible if you don't know where to look.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:36 AM   #5
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Can anyone tell me how the dual hot water system works and why I get hot water all the time?
If you have a Suburban brand water heater, this may help understand the operation of from the FAQ section:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ore-36197.html

If you have never accessed your water heater from outside the RV, this may help in identifying the hatch to open up, Yours will probably be painted to match the RV:

forester 3121ds water heater

Looking at the 2:31 mark of this video, it appears your access panel is just behind the rear tires on your passenger side.



Assuming your 2014 rig is similar to this 2013 in the video, that is an awesome RV. You should really enjoy it.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:48 AM   #6
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Note that if you ever drain your WH tank with that outside switch left on, you will burn out the heating element in a matter of seconds.
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Note that if you ever drain your WH tank with that outside switch left on, you will burn out the heating element in a matter of seconds.
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Last time I bought 2, seems to have solved my problem , still have one in the package.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:08 AM   #8
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I can't tell you exactly what your 2014 model does but my 2012 has a switch inside is for turning on the gas system to the hot water heater. The actual switch to turn on and off the electric side is outside in the hot water compartment. (SEE MY PICTURE)
The power on/off switch is located in the lower left hand side behind the gas tube. I usually leave my electric off unless I was hooked up to street water and shore power. I use the gas switch to help get things cooking when a few plan to take showers. If you leave the electric on and you don't have water for some reason or another you may burnout the element. Whenever I plan to drive I make sure the electric switch is off to be safe and turn it on when I know I will need it and have water.
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I have the same Suburban WH and there is a second electric switch. The breaker at the fuse panel. I always turn that off when not camping and turn off the outside switch when I drain and winterize.

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The switch inside Is just for the gas. There is a switch outside at the water heater for the electric.
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