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Old 07-29-2017, 04:52 AM   #1
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I have a Prime Time Crusader lite 34mb, and I can either use the gas water heater
or electric. That's gas water heater works fine ,but when I flip the switch on the control panel for electric hot water nothing happens. How long does it take to warm the water if you want to use the electric water heater.
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Old 07-29-2017, 05:05 AM   #2
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I have a Prime Time Crusader lite 34mb, and I can either use the gas water heater
or electric. That's gas water heater works fine ,but when I flip the switch on the control panel for electric hot water nothing happens. How long does it take to warm the water if you want to use the electric water heater.


I have a 2017 Sanibel with that same opinion in my panel. Within 20 minutes If not less I have warm to hot water.
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Old 07-29-2017, 05:24 AM   #3
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Sounds like you may have a bad electric element.

Which water heater do you have?
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I have no idea, sorry
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Make sure the switch on the outside of the water heater (if you have it) is turned on.

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I don't have a switch on the control panel for the electric part of water heater.

Can you post a pic of that switch??
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Old 07-29-2017, 07:24 AM   #7
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Not sure if your specific model but ours is propane only. No switch on the water heater and the one inside just turns on or off for making via propane.
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:29 AM   #8
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You should get hot water pretty quick. We had the same problem with our Crusader 297RSK when we first got it. The electrical connection was not made to the on off switch on the panel. Didn't think to question why the hot water was running on propane at PDI. The service department knew it wasn't working when they delivered our camper☹ shame on us for not checking. Had it fixed in the fall when we had some other warranty work done.
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I have a Prime Time Crusader lite 34mb, and I can either use the gas water heater
or electric. That's gas water heater works fine ,but when I flip the switch on the control panel for electric hot water nothing happens. How long does it take to warm the water if you want to use the electric water heater.
If you possibly have the Suburban SWDEL model water heater, there is a second switch for the electric heating element on the face of the water heater. Both switches have to be ON for the electric heating element to work.

It's explained in the following link, along with the SWDE model, which only has the electric heating element switch on the face of the water heater (no inside electric element switch like the SWDEL model)

Suburban's electric switch and much more

We have also seen many RV's sold that simply do not have the water heater plugged/wired in to a 120 volt outlet. You may need to access behind your water heater and make sure it is plugged in. If not, your gas side will work since it's 12 volt DC, but your 120 volt AC electric heating element will not..... which is another thing. You must be connected to a form of 120 volt AC power for your electric heating element to work.
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Breaker?

Sometimes it's the simple things, as was in our case on one trip where I discovered that I had forgotten to turn the breaker to the water heater back on. When there is power, the water gets hot in about 30 minutes.
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If you have accidentally run the water heater just once on elec without water you could have burned out the element.
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Make sure the switch on the outside of the water heater (if you have it) is turned on.


X2. The attached pic is a Suburban water heater with the outside switch. If it's an Atwood heater, there will not be any exterior switch & the drain plug is at a downward angle.

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Sometimes it's the simple things, as was in our case on one trip where I discovered that I had forgotten to turn the breaker to the water heater back on. When there is power, the water gets hot in about 30 minutes.

X2. Breaker should be in your main power unit panel and labeled HW Heater.

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If you have accidentally run the water heater just once on elec without water you could have burned out the element.

X2. This is more common than one thinks. If the RV was plugged into shore power and the heater was empty, the heating element will burn out in a few seconds. This usually happens when 1- the tank plug is pulled to drain the tank before power to the heater is turned off, 2- the RV was plugged into shore power and the heater switch(s) were turned on before water was introduced to the RV or 3- water was introduced but the heater was in bypass mode (no water going to heater) when the switch(s) were turned on
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