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Old 10-01-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Rockwood signature utlra lite water heater

We have a Rockwood Signature 8316ss with the suburban sw6de water heater. I usually run it on gas,but recently saw the power switch on the unit to run on 110v. I guess my question is how is this hooked up? If I flip the switch will it run on 110v and not gas? If it's flipped on does the inside water heater switch still control it?

Our friends with a Jayco have two switches on their panel fir the water heater. One for gas operation one for electric. The Rockwood only has the one switch.

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Old 10-01-2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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Since you found the electric switch on the outside, you can run it that way, and just leave the gas switch in the camper turned off. BE WARNED!!!! If you drain the water heater for any reason, and then plug the camper to shore power, you will burn out the element. The water heater must be full before either power is applied, or that switch is turned on. You can also run on gas and electric, and some do this for quicker recovery. Several threads on here covering this is you would like to do a search.

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Old 10-01-2011, 01:31 PM   #3
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Ah ok cool. Thanks
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:22 PM   #4
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Were did you find the switch, we have a 2012 8317RKSS and I don't see a switch on the water heater or on the pannel. We had a 2004 Rockwood and the switch was on the pannel with all of the other controls.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:23 AM   #5
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The switch is located outside where the burner is found.
Look carefully behind the burner tube for a little black rocker switch.
It might have a safety clip in it.
If you find it and you are SURE you have water in the heater tank you can pull
the safety clip and rock the switch to ON.
You probably also have a circuit breaker in your inside fuse box that
is for this heater. Naturally it must also be on.
IF your inside circuit breaker is only for the water heater you can use it
to turn the electric water heat off and on.
Some trailers have this breaker wired to something else like maybe the
refrigerator. In those cases you'll have to use the outside switch to
shut it off when not wanted.

Note the gas and electric are totally separate. You can run one or the
other or both. Usually the gas won't come on if the electric is also on
just because the water is already hot.
Once you use enough to cool the tank they will both work.
We rarely use both at once because we're paying for an electric site why
use my LP if I don't need to!
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