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Old 02-05-2014, 03:00 PM   #21
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Our sabre has both switches inside as well.
So I guess I have been doing things wrong as well. On my previous camper, I was told to turn on the outside switch and never touch it again. Do not recall but there must have been 2 switches inside in inside control panel and everything was controlled from there. I ass-umed that the lighted switch labeled tank heater was the electric side of water heater thus controlling the outside switch. WRONG??? I know the DSI is the gas switch. I guess the tank heater switch must be for uhhh......TANK HEATERS!!!??? Please correct me if i am wrong and I'll just laugh at my self. No matter how hard I try I haven't mastered the art of kicking myself in the rear. Steve
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:29 PM   #22
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The outside switch is the only control for the electric element on the water heater. As you likely know, make sure there is water in the heater before turning this on, as the element will burn out almost immediately if not immersed in water.

Inside on the control panel is a switch to turn on the gas element on the water heater. This can be used instead of the electric or in addition to it for a faster recovery time.

The control panel also may have a switch for tank heaters (an option). These are heating pads glued to the bottom of the black and gray holding tanks. Even with the switch on, they have thermostats that turn them off at about 45 degrees. The tanks should have at least some liquid in them if the heating pads are turned on. (The tank heaters may be referred to as "Arctic Pack" on some control panels.)
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:50 PM   #23
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Many of us leave the switch on the heater ON and turn the electric part of the heater on and off using the circuit breaker in the RV.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:05 PM   #24
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Hot Water Heater??

Must be one of those super expensive luxury edition MH, even the hot water gets heated!
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:11 PM   #25
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Hot Water Heater??

Must be one of those super expensive luxury edition MH, even the hot water gets heated!
A common mistake - it's been mentioned before.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:19 PM   #26
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A common mistake - it's been mentioned before.
Just being snarky, meant no offense.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:33 PM   #27
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The dual system works great on below freezing nights. I can turn the electric switch off and let the water drip at night and still turn on the gas from inside for the morning shower. The furnace heating up the underbelly doesn't work except for temps down to about 27. Below that, my hot water line will freeze unless left dripping.
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Just being snarky, meant no offense.
No offense taken - the only offense I have is you didn't answer my PM the other day.
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So I guess I have been doing things wrong as well. On my previous camper, I was told to turn on the outside switch and never touch it again. Do not recall but there must have been 2 switches inside in inside control panel and everything was controlled from there. I ass-umed that the lighted switch labeled tank heater was the electric side of water heater thus controlling the outside switch. WRONG??? I know the DSI is the gas switch. I guess the tank heater switch must be for uhhh......TANK HEATERS!!!??? Please correct me if i am wrong and I'll just laugh at my self. No matter how hard I try I haven't mastered the art of kicking myself in the rear. Steve
This will help on the last sentence! Youroo!!
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No offense taken - the only offense I have is you didn't answer my PM the other day.

Hmmm, I do not have a PM from you. I did just delete all the stuff from my inbox a few days ago as it was overstuffed, it is possible it got caught up in the delete carnage...
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