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Old 11-05-2009, 08:14 PM   #1
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Talking how to switch water heater form propane to elektric

hi eveyone,we got a 2007 FR sandpiper bht 315 i believe and sence we got it the waterheater been running of propane so now that i live in it until my husbands return,i carefully read the owners manuel and found out it can run of elektric as well but i cant find a switch anywhere,i got 2 switches for the heatet tanks and to turn the water heater on but thats about it is there anything i need to do outside in order to have it run of elektric??????????does anyone has the same model or any idea!!!!!!!!thank you and i love this forum,learned a lot so far.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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Hello Armywife,

Look in the access panel to you water heater on the outside of the camper. Usually there is a small rocker switch that says "on & off". Switch to on and you should be all set. Sometimes the switch will have a small cotter pin in it to stop you from accidentely turning it on, make sure this is removed. The switch on my Surveyor was hard to see. Hopefully yours is the same.

I wish the best for you and your family and hope your husband returns home safe. Please tell him THANK YOU!
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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first go to the door outside that acsesses your waterheater open it up and check aroun because there will be a small on off rocker switch in ther mine is up and behind a pipe turn that switch to the on position and your propane switch off it works great
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:53 PM   #4
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ok i found the black off and on switch but where is the propane switch ????the propane thank you
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:29 PM   #5
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ok i found the black off and on switch but where is the propane switch ????the propane thank you
That will be the switch inside the rig that says "water heater" by it. Should have a separate red light next to it.
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:18 PM   #6
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Army wife When you switch the Electric on it automatically shuts off the Propane, I have a 07 Sandpiper 305, same thing really
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Army wife When you switch the Electric on it automatically shuts off the Propane, I have a 07 Sandpiper 305, same thing really
Unless you have a different type of water heater than everyone else this is technically incorrect. If you have both switches turned on (electric and propane) the electric element will come on at a higher water temp than the propane side will. Therefore you may think that the propane side is turned off when in fact the electric element is keeping the water at a temperature that prevents the propane from coming on. If you take a shower where a lot of water is needed and you drain the tank quickly the propane will run along with the electric element to restore water temperature quicker.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:42 AM   #8
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The electric and LP heat functions are totally independent of
each other. One or the other or both can be on at the same time.
If the water is cold enough for both thermostats to be calling
for heat both will come on if they are turned on.
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