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Old 04-05-2015, 08:36 AM   #1
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Kind of an odd ommision... No interior electric hot water switch...

So, my 395 doesn't have an inside switch for the electric element on the hot water heater. Had three other RV's in the past 6 years and they all had the electric switch right next to the propane switch. On my 395, it's outside behind the access panel for the tank. Is this model specific or brand specific? Anyone else with a different XLR model have an interior switch?

I think it's going on my hit list of things to add.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:47 AM   #2
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All of the RVs we have had the (Elect. On/Off switch) was Outside behind the W/H cover. They all had (Suburban W/H). Youroo!!
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:50 AM   #3
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Interesting. It must be a water heater brand specific thing rather than the RV's brand. We had an Arctic Fox, a Keystone Cougar High Country, and a Heartland Road Warrior. All had inside switches. I bet they all had Atwood water heaters?
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We also didn't have an interior switch for the electric side of the hot water heater but are having one installed while we are having some other things done.
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Our Rockwood did not have an inside switch. I often used the circuit breaker. Our Wildcat has an inside switch.


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I just figured out how I'm going to do it. I have an empty spot on my control panel. I'm going to buy a round red lighted 120v rocker switch and put it in the empty space on my panel. Then I'll just switch the 120v output from the HW breaker which is right below the panel.
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All had inside switches. I bet they all had Atwood water heaters?
The Suburban brand water heater has an electric switch on the face of the heater.

However, Suburban does have an option to have an inside switch. I think that is up to the RV manufacturer, if they want to purchase/install that option. It's possible some of your previous RV's could have had a Suburban water heater, and an inside electric heating element switch similar to below.



We have several members here, who have Forest River products with a Suburban brand water heater, with a factory installed inside switch. I believe Turbs is one of these members.

Water Heater electric switch

I also remember just seeing where Bclemens mentioned the same.

Water heater switch light

Bclemens also informed the members of an interesting tidbit, that I actually verified at a recent RV show in my hometown. He stated that you can look at the outside access door to the water heater, and if the tab that you turn to open the door is metal, then it's an Atwood water heater.....and if it's plastic, it's a Suburban.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:11 AM   #8
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Here's my switch.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:28 AM   #9
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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.
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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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