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Old 05-03-2009, 08:40 AM   #1
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Question gas/electric hot water heater

On my 09 FKSS, it has the switch on the wall for the hot water heater. Does this turn on the electric side only, or does it turn it on to whatever source is available? There is also a switch on the front of the heater itself that says on and off, what might that one be? Last, should I drain any remaining water in it until our nevt outing to prevent odor??
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:02 AM   #2
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Most of the water heaters work this way: The switch in the cabin is for the propane. The switch outside the trailer, on the face of the actual heater, is for the electric. Make sure you have water in that tank before you turn on a heater or your heater is toast. If you have a winterizing by-pass, you will need to clear the trailer of anti-freeze, then open the bypass valves and fill the tank with water.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:09 AM   #3
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Thanks acadianbob, do I need to drain it now that it is sitting in my back yard waiting for another trip?
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:39 AM   #4
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renegaderailfan, I leave the water in my hot water heater during camping season, and only drain it during winterization, and also check the anode rod during the fall drainage. My theory with this is: If you drain it every trip, and forget to switch off the electric element, then that puppy is toast. Plus, I don't want to go to all of the trouble when I am just going to use the heater in the next week or 2, anyway.

If others think differently, please let me (& renegaderailfan) know.
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It is not necessary to drain the hot water heater after each trip.

I only drain ours for winterizing purposes and/or replacing the anode rod.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:28 PM   #6
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sounds great, thanks guys!!
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:17 PM   #7
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There is usually a circuit breaker specifically for the water heater in the electrical box inside the camper as well. If that's not on, then turning on the switch on the water heater won't do anything. Both switches (water heater and electrical panel) must be on in order to heat with electricity. I've found that propane heats much more quickly than electric, but I've never tried both at once!!! What a great idea!!
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