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Old 04-05-2015, 12:17 PM   #11
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I don't think that's true. I know it isn't in my trailer or any other I've owned. You can run both at once to speed recovery time or both independently but no auto switching between the two.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:26 PM   #12
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Thanks Turbs. Mine are round rocker switches so I'm going with one of these.

I've got two plugged holes in my panel so I'll pop out the filler plug in one of them and add my switch. Then it's as easy as a piece of romex to tie into the output of the breaker.
a length of multistrand TNNN wire better suited than romex I believe...
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I would check the power ratings on that switch and compare with the needs of the water heater. They draw some major power and not sure that switch will be up to the task.. but only the actual ratings will tell for sure.

I will be at some point wiring in a regular lighted household switch to make sure it doesn't overload the switch.



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Yes the water heater does pull some power, an LED switch not so much.
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Thanks Turbs. Mine are round rocker switches so I'm going with one of these.

I've got two plugged holes in my panel so I'll pop out the filler plug in one of them and add my switch. Then it's as easy as a piece of romex to tie into the output of the breaker.
The panel may not be approved for 110vac switches. Can not mix 12vdc and 110vac in the same enclosure.
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Old 04-05-2015, 01:36 PM   #17
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Hot water tank switch

I was told by the dealer that the electric switch for the hot water tank was purposefully placed outside. It seems that if the tank is dry the electric heating element will QUICKLY burn out. Not so if the HWT is run on gas with the tank dry (for a short period any way).

Being outside next to the water supply will supposedly remind you to fill the HWT.

Our previous HILO had both switches inside.

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Old 04-05-2015, 01:59 PM   #18
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I am in agreement with most. My 06 Wildwood 22FBS has the rocker style electric switch mounted within the access panel for the water outside the trailer. I sometimes think about remounting it as it currently sits right behind a large line and is very hard to get to.
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When I picked mine up - I was told if electric switch on outside was left on it would automatically switch between gas and electric depending if your plugged in out.. - seems true - I got hot water and not hooked to power switch on - guess I'll have to look to see if there is flame burning when I hook to power to confirm.


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Never seen or heard there being anything automatic on the Suburban water heaters. You may want to research this, as the person telling you it, may not have known better.

You have two separate systems of heating...propane or the electric heating element. Each system has it's own switch.

The propane side has a switch to turn on/off the DSI (Direct Spark Ignitor) which makes the electric generated sparks to ignite the propane. The propane side can be used at any time, provided you have propane and 12 volt DC power.

The electric side has it's own separate switch to turn on/off the electric heating element inside the water heater. You can only use the electric side when plugged into some form of 120 volt AC shore power/generator.

You can have both sides turned on at the same time (remember nothing automatic, it's all manual with the flip of switches)..or use one or the other depending on your needs and availability of 120 volt power.

Problem is, if you leave that electric switch on, and drain the water out of the heater, then you will burn up the electric heating element the next time 120 volt power is connected........as it's not automatic.

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Old 04-05-2015, 02:41 PM   #20
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The LED rocker switch I posted is rated to 16 amps @ 120v so, plenty for the heater. As to mixing 12 and 120 volts in the panel, I could 100 percent care less if it's rated to do so. The panel is no different than a spot on the wall with a 12v switch mounted next to a 120v switch. Means nothing...
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