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Old 04-05-2015, 06:41 PM   #31
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There is also 12v and 120v in the same area in your breaker/fuse box. The DC and AC grounds are also both bonded to your trailer's frame. They cross paths quite frequently in your RV without the sky falling...
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:26 PM   #32
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On our Coachmen Catalina 273BH, it it outside, behind the WH panel. VERY inconvenient if you ask me!
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:29 PM   #33
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If you look at Post #7, you'll see that wmtire has both 12VDC and 110VAC together. I don't know if there's a "box" behind it, but I'd be surprised if there was. It's not that big. So I'm guessing he has both mixed together. Alternatively, both switches COULD be 12VDC with a 110VAC relay with a 12VDC solenoid somewhere else in the TT that turns on the 110VAC. But even that "mixes" the 12VDC and the 110VAC on the same device.

And let's not forget the HWH has both 12VDC and the 110VAC stuff on it. In fact, the 12VDC and the 110VAC thermostats are side by side.
WHOA!!! wmtire doesn't have anything mixed. I'm just a messenger.

I was just showing pics of optional Suburban gas/propane panels and also of Turbs factory installed panel that has electric and propane switches in it. Any of my RV's have had the one DSI/propane switch inside and the electric heating element switch outside.

I believe we have discussed this before, and that BOTH the switches are 12 volt in these panels.....but the electric switch actually controls a 12 volt relay that turns on the 120 volt side.

Let me see if I can find this thread or a schematic to make sure I'm not dreaming it.
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:43 PM   #34
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OK, I found a Suburban installation guide for a SW6DEL which has the inside panel switches for the propane and electric like I showed in post #7.

Page 7 of this pdf does show the inside electric switch being 12 volt and controlling a relay to the 120 volt side.

http://www.riversidetrailer.com/Manu...r%20Heater.pdf
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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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Not true - two completely separates systems. They can be used independently or both at the same time.

Switch-over uses your fingers.
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OK, I found a Suburban installation guide for a SW6DEL which has the inside panel switches for the propane and electric like I showed in post #7.

Page 7 of this pdf does show the inside electric switch being 12 volt and controlling a relay to the 120 volt side.

http://www.riversidetrailer.com/Manu...r%20Heater.pdf
Looks like a VERY easy retrofit using a 120 volt relay with a 12 volt coil.
The hard part might be finding that new switch plate.
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You will be able to see the wiring differences between the one I posted with the inside electric switch via a relay using the pdf file link above for page 7.... and the ones with the electric switch on the outside that Herk just posted.
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Or just do what I'm going to do and use a 120v rocker switch. Cost is a couple bucks and wire that I already have and have a perfectly clean installation. Sometimes people make it harder than it needs to be...
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What people Post here must be (Safety Compliant) not just for the owner but other service people also! What one does behind (Closed Doors) is up to you! Youroo!!
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LOL. What I plan to do is completely SAFE. taken!!
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