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Old 05-04-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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Electric and LP water heaters

It has been mentioned in other threads that if you are hooked up to electrical site, one may choose to fire up the water heater using LP in order to get hot water quicker, then switch over to electric to maintain the hot water and use park electricity rather than propane...my question is, is the electrical element also thermostatically controlled to maintain the same temperature as using LP?

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Old 05-04-2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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Mine is, well it feels like it. I don't switch over, during setup I turn the electric on (Since for some frikkin reason the electric switch is outside.) then once inside I fire up the LPG side. The combo gets it hot faster then the electric maintains it nicely. I actually don't recall my LPG side firing after warmup even with me taking a generous shower.

But, it feels the same to me.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:41 PM   #3
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X2 mine seems about the same
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:43 PM   #4
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When I had a brain fart and burned the elec element out, I changed both thermostats (12v & 110v) from 130d to 140d to be able to use less hot water.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:47 PM   #5
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we make out fine just using the electric on ours. Even with back to back showers, plenty of hot water
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:50 AM   #6
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I fire up the LP after setup to get the water hot faster, then I turn it off. If the kids and grandkids are with us, I'll fire up the LP at shower time. Makes back-to-back easier.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:49 AM   #7
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At least once per trip I will fire my water heater on LP just to make sure it working
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:55 AM   #8
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I can turn on both electric and LP and the LP won't normally fire up unless
I use enough hot water to cool the tank. (we rarely have both on
at the same time- but you can do that if you want to.....)

We typically don't need the LP on when on shore power. Don't wanna use
the LP cuz it's a PIA to get tanks filled and it's expen$ive.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:57 AM   #9
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To answer the OP's question directly (OC implied it), yes.

The OEM thermostats are set to the same temperature.

If you change them you must get the same setting as the other one if you plan on using both to heat water for faster recovery.

Although, if you do want to use both at the same time, and want to use different temp settings, the AC one can be bought at a higher temperature than the propane so the propane will only come on to recover during long showers and park power will "top it off."
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We fill the water heater at the start of the season, turn both sides on and leave them on. It doesn't use that much propane and the recovery is pretty fast.
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