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Old 09-19-2015, 11:48 PM   #1
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Does my HW heater have electric?

Trying to figure out if my 2015 Avenger ATi has gas or gas/electric? Hoping for dual so I don't have to burn through propane. Any ideas. Not sure how to attach a picture of it on here
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Old 09-20-2015, 12:06 AM   #2
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The brand and model number would tell the tale. If you have a Suburban, this may help too:

Suburban's electric switch and much more
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Atwood g6A-8E is the make and model
I think it's gas only so my next question is how can I get electric as an alternative?
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My salesman told me that an electric element could be added. Check with a dealer for more info.
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Water Heater Electric

Simple: Open the vented door on the outside of the trailer that lets you access the water heater.
Squat down so you can look past all the pipes, and such, that are in the way and look at the left side of the heater. There should be a little flat toggle switch ( a rocker switch), with a clevis pin stuck through it.
If that little black switch is there, you have a 120 electric side. To use it, pull the pin, and rock the switch to ON.
The tank MUST be full of water when you do this!
Don't forget to turn it off, when winterizing, or when parked and not in use.
It pulls about 1300 watts, so if you are using a generator to run it, you will hear the generator bear down, until the heater element kicks off (once it has reached temperature).
Hope that helps.
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Atwood g6A-8E is the make and model
I think it's gas only so my next question is how can I get electric as an alternative?
Yes, that appears to be a propane only model.

They do make after-market add-ons for things like this. One is a Hot-Rodd

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Group-.../dp/B002SSIBSA

and Camco also makes one:

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11673-Wa.../dp/B0024ECCJW

Couple of caveats to consider:
1.These add on kits are a lot lower wattage than an OEM heating element, which is usually in the 1400-1500 watt range. The add-ons are around a third of that and will take longer to heat up.

2. Considering the price, and the fact that your water heater actually doesn't take a lot of propane to heat the water... you need to factor in if it's worth the cost vs the propane usage.

It's your decision ultimately, and what makes you content.
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:37 PM   #7
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Atwood g6A-8E is the make and model
I think it's gas only so my next question is how can I get electric as an alternative?
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Simple: Open the vented door on the outside of the trailer that lets you access the water heater.
Squat down so you can look past all the pipes, and such, that are in the way and look at the left side of the heater. There should be a little flat toggle switch ( a rocker switch), with a clevis pin stuck through it.
If that little black switch is there, you have a 120 electric side. To use it, pull the pin, and rock the switch to ON.
The tank MUST be full of water when you do this!
Don't forget to turn it off, when winterizing, or when parked and not in use.
It pulls about 1300 watts, so if you are using a generator to run it, you will hear the generator bear down, until the heater element kicks off (once it has reached temperature).
Hope that helps.

One more thing.....Atwoods DO NOT have the external rocker switch. Another way to tell which BRAND you have is to look at the angle of the outside drain plug. Suburban has a straight plug outlet with an anode rod. Atwood has an drain that is angled down & dosen't require an anode rod.

The G6A-8E, IS a 120v electric/12v DSI propane water heater. So, if it is not working on electric and all switches and fuses check out, then your heating element may be burned out. This will happen in seconds if the heater is turned on (electric) & there was NO water in the heater. The heating element will then have to be replaced.
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From what I am reading it's propane only. You have a link saying otherwise?
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From what I am reading it's propane only.
That's correct Rhino, according to the spec chart from the Atwood website. It is propane only with direct spark ignition.

Atwood Water Heaters Brochure

Unlike the Suburban water heaters that do have an E in the model number to indicate electric, it appears the Atwoods have a C in their model numbers to indicate electric. May possibly mean Combination, but that's just a guess.
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That's correct Rhino, according to the spec chart from the Atwood website. It is propane only with direct spark ignition.

Atwood Water Heaters Brochure

Unlike the Suburban water heaters that do have an E in the model number to indicate electric, it appears the Atwoods have a C in their model numbers to indicate electric. May possibly mean Combination, but that's just a guess.

You are correct wmtire, I stand corrected, my humble apologies. I read the same Atwood brochure too hastily and completely miss-read the chart. My apologies to you Rhino for the confusion
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