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Old 08-24-2015, 11:07 AM   #1
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Has anyone added an electric element to your propane hot water heater?

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I have a 2010 Wildwood 26BH XLite which has a propane only Surburban HW heater. My old trailer had an electric & propane version that worked great. Since we're on a seasonal site with no electricity restrictions, I'm thinking about adding one of those electric element kits so I can cut down on my propane usage. Anyone done this and how did it turn out????
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:17 AM   #2
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Some people on forum has, here are multiple threads

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Old 08-25-2015, 06:17 AM   #3
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I put the Lightning Rod in mine.. I put a lighted on/off switch for it in the bathroom with a lockable switch bracket.. It works great..

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Old 08-25-2015, 08:20 AM   #4
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Hard to believe your water heater is not gas and electric. Are you sure??
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:11 PM   #5
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Cpaulsen - I had hoped that it was gas & electric but it is gas only. I checked out the model # after we purchased it last year.
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Old 08-25-2015, 04:30 PM   #6
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Great

One of the best mods i have done was fairy easy and price dropped to around $70 from amazon this year have used hardly any propane this year
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:36 PM   #7
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Meganjoe & Tking:

What brand heater is in your trailer and what make and model electric kit did you each install?
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:43 PM   #8
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Mine is a 6 Gal. Suburban..

Its' under the bathroom sink..

I was able to tap off the receptacle over the vanity ..

Need more info let me know..

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i got mine at ppl about $60.00 i think
wire a piloted switch in kitchen cabinet
easy install works great only draws a few amps which is very important when on 30 amp pole . higher amp = faster recovery ,but this low amp model works well
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Installed one in my gas only water and saw a dramatic drop in propane usage. I ran a new power cable to my fuse/converter box and added another breaker just for the water heater.
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