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Old 04-25-2016, 03:31 PM   #1
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When we were on the walk through of our new rig the guy said never have the electric switch on when using propane to heat water. He said using them both at the same time would overheat the hot water tank.

Does not make sense to me. Seems if you are at an RV park using electric power one would not use propane. And of course dry camping one does not have 110 so propane is it.

In past rigs we never gave it any thought and did not have a problem. Am I missing something?



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Evidently the guy didn't/doesn't know what he's talking about. Both the electric and the propane have individual high limit switches that work independently of each other to protect the tank. We use both at the same time just to reduce recovery time. Have for over 4 yrs and no problems. Just make sure you have water in the tank before use the electric or you will be buying a new unit. It will burn out in SECONDS. Don't ask how I know.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:55 PM   #3
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Use them both for faster recovery.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:56 PM   #4
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When we were on the walk through of our new rig the guy said never have the electric switch on when using propane to heat water. He said using them both at the same time would overheat the hot water tank.

Does not make sense to me. Seems if you are at an RV park using electric power one would not use propane. And of course dry camping one does not have 110 so propane is it.

In past rigs we never gave it any thought and did not have a problem. Am I missing something?



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I don't think your salesperson knew what he was talking about. We always use both gas and electric at the same time as do many others.
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:07 PM   #5
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I have used both at the same time as well, zero issues with the Atwood.

Was this guy a camper or someone off the street that day?
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:01 PM   #6
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greytraveler, you came to the right place to get this question answered! These people here know more correct answers free of charge than does your walk-through guy does for a fee. He could have been laying brick the week before.

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Sort of what I thought. Thanks all.

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Old 04-26-2016, 05:26 AM   #8
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greytraveler, if you want absolute verification then the manufacturers websites will confirm what everyone above has stated:

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Old 04-26-2016, 10:58 AM   #9
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wmtire,

Thanks for the web site. Perfect.

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I do mine a little different, we are almost always in a RV Park somewhere so if you dry camp this won't apply.

We use the electric all the time and only use the propane when we need quick recovery like when we both need to take a shower. I hope I save a couple of bucks a year on propane.
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