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Old 10-20-2015, 02:57 PM   #11
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If both the electric and propane switches are on, one or both may come on, depending on how much hot water you use. If you want to avoid using propane, you need to turn off the switch on the convenience panel.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:19 PM   #12
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I only use the power option when we are plugged into 50 amps or dont need A/C
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:42 PM   #13
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We leave ours on electric (switch under the water heater cover outside). When I use the shower or a lot of hot water for dishes or whatever, I'll turn on the propane (inside switch). It recovers quicker and allows you to use the shower longer than the 2 minute navy shower.
Turn it off when you're done (switch on the control panel inside) and the electric will maintain it. You don't have to turn the outside switch off.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:42 PM   #14
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This was very helpful. I wish I'd found it at the beginning of the year. Better late than never at all. Thanks especially WMTire for a great tutorial.

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Old 10-20-2015, 03:57 PM   #15
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Just remember... on certain units (mine included) there are TWO INSIDE switches at the control panel. One for propane operation and another for electric... THEN... you ALSO HAVE A THIRD electric operation switch on the water heater itself.

The idea with this set up is to turn on the third switch at the WH and just leave it on.
You can then control how you want the WH to heat with either of the inside switches. (or both)

If you have concerns that kids might inadvertently start flipping switches and turn on the the inside electric switch before you would fill the WH, then you'll need to leave the outside switch off until you are sure the WH is full so it doesn't burn out the element.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:47 PM   #16
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At one of the RV shows in my area the FR rep recommended to use both electric and propane and now you can take a longer shower .
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:10 PM   #17
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Hi,

Have a 2015 350xl and we have always used the propane with the water heater. If we want to use the electric option, what do we need to do? I opened the water heater cover the other day and saw a black switch with white tape over it. Is this where I turn on the heater in electric mode? Any further instructions/suggestions

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we always use the electric when plugged in, then after using hot water (if washing dishes or showering for more than one person) and need the water hot again we turn it to gas (can leave the electric switch on) until after we are finished with the showers and dishwashing). it heats the water quicker then when we are all finished with the showers for the day turn the gas to the water heater off.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:06 AM   #18
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Does anyone have a picture of the switch on the water heater? I must be having a brain freeze as I am unable to locate anything that resembles a switch. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:28 AM   #19
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Does anyone have a picture of the switch on the water heater? I must be having a brain freeze as I am unable to locate anything that resembles a switch. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
There are some in this FAQ link:


Suburban's electric switch and much more

Now remember, this applies only to the Suburban brand water heater (not Atwood).... and then it has to be the Suburban water heaters with the dual heating sources (electric and propane). If it's a Suburban that is propane only, then there will be no switch for a non-existent electric heating element.
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