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Old 05-23-2012, 07:47 AM   #11
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Now while what you guys are saying is true .
I have noted SEVERAL times that on newer models including MINE the electric switch is in fact inside the camper and although it HAS a switch on the hw heater like normal it has been disconnected.
There is also a light inside next to dsi switch that Does stay ON when electric is used.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:05 PM   #12
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I figured mine out this past weekend. I knew about the gas red light thing but, under that switch was another switch it says "Tank Heater" I assumed that was the electric. I assumed wrong (still not sure what that switch is for maybe to keep it from freezing?). The electric on switch out on the heater was on but no hot water without running the gas. I noticed a rocker switch in the kitchen by the sink I flipped that and had hot water. So I guess mine is like f1100's.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:11 PM   #13
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Now while what you guys are saying is true .
I have noted SEVERAL times that on newer models including MINE the electric switch is in fact inside the camper and although it HAS a switch on the hw heater like normal it has been disconnected.
There is also a light inside next to dsi switch that Does stay ON when electric is used.
Interesting -ours is a 2012 model and the only electric switch for the WH is outside the unit mounted on the bottom left side of the WH assembly. And it does work.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:19 PM   #14
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Interesting -ours is a 2012 model and the only electric switch for the WH is outside the unit mounted on the bottom left side of the WH assembly. And it does work.
Mine is a 2006 Rockwood 8280SS so maybe the PO wired it or maybe it is specific models.
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I knew about the gas red light thing but, under that switch was another switch it says "Tank Heater" I assumed that was the electric. I assumed wrong (still not sure what that switch is for maybe to keep it from freezing?). The electric on switch out on the heater was on but no hot water without running the gas. I noticed a rocker switch in the kitchen by the sink I flipped that and had hot water. So I guess mine is like f1100's.
The "tank heater" might be for your waste tanks ?? That is an option on some models.

Make sure the 120 volt breaker is on in your power center if you want your hot water heater on the electric element. Sounds like you have already found the "hidden" switch on the outside of your water heater.
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We had an Attwood WH in our last TT. It had inside red lights for both the electric and LP. They did stay lit all the time. Not so with the Suburban. Inside red light for LP is on only until ignition, then off. Gas toggle switch is on heater itself, outside.
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The "tank heater" might be for your waste tanks ?? That is an option on some models.

Make sure the 120 volt breaker is on in your power center if you want your hot water heater on the electric element. Sounds like you have already found the "hidden" switch on the outside of your water heater.
mtnguy - maybe I missed something here and if so I will ask a dumb question - What and where is the "hidden switch" you are referring to here?

The only electric switch i know of on my WH is the rocker switch that has a pin going though it to prevent accidential activation of the electric element.
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mtnguy - maybe I missed something here and if so I will ask a dumb question - What and where is the "hidden switch" you are referring to here?

The only electric switch i know of on my WH is the rocker switch that has a pin going though it to prevent accidential activation of the electric element.
You got it already. Many campers can't find that little puppy behind the gas line.
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mtnguy - maybe I missed something here and if so I will ask a dumb question - What and where is the "hidden switch" you are referring to here?

The only electric switch i know of on my WH is the rocker switch that has a pin going though it to prevent accidential activation of the electric element.
Don't want to speak for mtnguy, but I think he is referring to the fact that most people don't initially see that toggle switch with the pin going thru it.
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We had an Attwood WH in our last TT. It had inside red lights for both the electric and LP. They did stay lit all the time. Not so with the Suburban. Inside red light for LP is on only until ignition, then off. Gas toggle switch is on heater itself, outside.
My 2011 LaCrosse has an Atwood water heater. The switches are inside the tt with the red light between them. The red light only comes on until the gas side lights.
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