Originally Posted by Wbunney
We have a 2008 Berkshire and the electric switch is located on the outside behind the access panel. (Suburban water heater). My question is, why in the h would they put the switch in that location. This is the first unit i have owned with it located here after probably owning 10 travel trailers through my lifetime. The switch should be located on the control panel inside the trailer next to the switch for the propane mode. Here you can select which you want or both if you want. That setup has been on all my travel trailers. Don't understand their location logic.
They put a switch there for ease of installation of the WH.
Some manufacturers don't want to add the expense of installing a second electrical switch inside the unit. With the WH built this way, all the mfg. needs to do is install the WH and plug it in. The switch is for the user to be able to shut off the electric element when so desired.
Don't blame the WH mfg... blame the trailer mfg if they choose to not install the inside switch.