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Old 05-28-2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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How do I know if I have gas and electric for the water heater? Or do I just electric? I thought I had both gas and electric to heat the water.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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How do I know if I have gas and electric for the water heater? Or do I just electric? I thought I had both gas and electric to heat the water.
First of all open the outside panel and tell us the make and model.

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This is a suburban gas/electric model.

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If you have a large black round plastic thing behind the burner (and a small black switch) like in the first photo, you have both.

If your heater looks like the second photo, it is gas only.
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It is the suburban gas/electric model like in the very first photo. So.... how do i know if both gas and electric are being used at the same time for faster hot water recovery? The switch inside is set to on.... is that all that needs to be done?
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It is the suburban gas/electric model like in the very first photo. So.... how do i know if both gas and electric are being used at the same time for faster hot water recovery? The switch inside is set to on.... is that all that needs to be done?
With water in the tank!, the little black switch on the outside controls the AC system. The switch inside (with the light) controls the 12 volt/propane side.

They are two independent systems with only the water in the tank being common. They can be used alone or together.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:38 PM   #7
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It is the suburban gas/electric model like in the very first photo. So.... how do i know if both gas and electric are being used at the same time for faster hot water recovery? The switch inside is set to on.... is that all that needs to be done?
This question comes up a lot. This link below expounds somewhat on Herk's great post.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ore-36197.html
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I'm upgrading my basic propane model (SW6P) to the propane/electric model (SW6DE). It looks like I have the 3 wires for the 12V switch/light that are capped off in the heater compartment. I assume they run to where the 12V switch/light would be located in the coach if it had come with the direct spark option. Any idea where that would be on a 2004 Sandpiper Sport? By the battery/grey/black water indicator panel?
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For info, the upgrade was successful. The 3 wires that were capped off in the water heater area do run to the water/battery indicator panel area and were coiled up behind the wall with electrical tape on the wire ends. I did have to buy the 12V switch/light because it doesn't come with the water heater.
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With water in the tank!, the little black switch on the outside controls the AC system. The switch inside (with the light) controls the 12 volt/propane side.

They are two independent systems with only the water in the tank being common. They can be used alone or together.
Thank you Herk for that info!!! We have ours set on both and I always worry if that was ok. It does an amazing job heating water!!
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