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Old 01-04-2016, 02:54 AM   #11
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I took the panel off and the switch was on but it still seems to be running off gas. Any ideas?
If you're using large amounts of hot water it'll employ both gas and electric (provided it's switched on) to reheat. If you're using small amounts of hot water, the electric alone will take care of business. It's all determined by the temperature drop.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:02 AM   #12
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So I'm guessing once the tank is full the electric will keep it warm and not the gas?


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Old 01-04-2016, 03:14 AM   #13
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So I'm guessing once the tank is full the electric will keep it warm and not the gas?
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It's temperature dependent. If the tank is full and at the design temperature, the electric element will keep it hot. If you have a shower and the temperature in the tank drops quickly, the gas burner will supplement the electric element to speed up the rise to operating temperature.
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I gotcha! Thanks for the help. I'm currently using my xlr as my residence while my house is being built so just trying to figure everything out.


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Happy to help. One other thing regarding the electrical element in the hot water tank. If (when), for whatever reason, you drain the tank, ensure that the electrical switch is OFF. Many FRF members have discovered the hard way that if the switch is left on when the tank is empty and power is applied to the RV, the electric heating element will go up in smoke in in less time than it takes to say "oops" and get the switch to the off position.

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Ralph, as Keith said, if ever your electric was left on without water in the tank, your element is burnt out. So, if the switch was on, it likely was on when no water was in the tank and you were plugged in. This only takes a minute or so to happen. You can get a new element at Home Depot for about $15.
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I believe that if not in a hurry re recovery you can leave gas switch OFF on inside panel and electric will recover it, all be it slower. (Use parks free electric vs your propane)
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yes, if you have no major hot water demands, you can leave the gas switch inside turned off and just let the electric element do the work.

If you have the gas switched on with the electric, youll find that their is enough temp drop in the tank that the gas will come on when having a shower or using other large amounts of hot water.
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I took the panel off and the switch was on but it still seems to be running off gas. Any ideas?


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If you have the switch on, on the inside of the trailer it will light with propane.
Turn your outside switch on and inside one off to only use electric.
That is how ours works.
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