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Old 05-18-2015, 11:59 PM   #11
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Will to propane still work if the power is off?
Yes it will still work as normal. It is a separate system.

I added a separate switch with a light for my electric.
When the switch is on the light is on.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:28 PM   #12
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Having the switch inside is very convenient. On my Georgetown 373 water heater is located in a basement area directly below the kitchen. There was already Romex wiring from the factory along with plumbing tubing between the two areas, so it was fairly easy to add the wiring for an interior switch to the kitchen cabinet.

For an added margin of safety, use a heavy duty 20 amp switch for this project instead of the more common (and cheaper) 15 amp light switch. Also use electrical tape to secure the wire nuts on the electrical connections so the don't vibrate off, and secure the Romex using wire ties.

As for your second question about using engine coolant for the water heater, Winnebago used to do this on some of their models. Also many boats have this type of water heater. It requires a water heater that has a built in heat exchanger coil, as the engine coolant water must be kept isolated from the domestic heated water.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:39 PM   #13
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In my trailer I wired a switch to turn the outlet for the hot water heater. Only thing I wish I could have put the switch in a different place it ended up being in the bathroom, will just add it to the close up list.
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I've been searching for the switch that Iggy and mark0224 used and it looks like it's called a single pole/pilot light switch? I've seen 15A versions of this switch, but is there a 20A version? My TT is in storage...what amperage is the WH breaker?

Can you get a properly rated, lighted toggle switch from FR the same as the toggle switches in the control panel?

For those that just use the external switch on the WH itself, do you reuse the cotter pin after you turn of the electric element?
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:15 PM   #15
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I've been searching for the switch that Iggy and mark0224 used and it looks like it's called a single pole/pilot light switch? I've seen 15A versions of this switch, but is there a 20A version? My TT is in storage...what amperage is the WH breaker?

Can you get a properly rated, lighted toggle switch from FR the same as the toggle switches in the control panel?

For those that just use the external switch on the WH itself, do you reuse the cotter pin after you turn of the electric element?
If you can get the 20 amp version get it.
The difference between the 15 and 20 amp versions are the size of the main contacts and being it will be turned on and off many times the 20 amp version will be the best.

You still hook it up to the 15 amp breaker output to the new switch then to the water heater.
You will also need to bring a neutral up to the switch to make the light work.
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Thanks, Iggy.

Wiring it will be simple. I found a good explanation of how to wire it in here:
How to wire Cooper 277 pilot light switch

I just haven't seen a 20A version of the switch you used. I did find one where the toggle itself illuminates:
Amazon.com: Leviton 1221-PLR 20-Amp, 120 Volt, Toggle Pilot Light, Illuminated On, Req, Neutral Single-Pole AC Quiet Switch, Extra Heavy Duty Grade, Self Grounding, Red: Home Improvement
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