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Old 04-21-2009, 07:57 AM   #11
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According to the Atwood owners manual found here
http://www.atwoodmobile.com/media/55...2011.29.07.pdf

You have an electronic ignition gas fired water heater with electric heat option.
There apparently is no "hidden" switch for the electric heat on your Atwood.
(Suburban water heaters have this hidden switch found behind the outside access
door).

You should have a dual switch panel somewhere in your trailer.
It will probably look something like the picture of a "dual switch" found on page 7
of the manual noted above.
The owners manual also shows a single switch with another light beside it.
You could have either configuration.
If you have dual switches one is for gas and the other is for electric.
If you have a single switch, apparently it turns on both types of heat at once??
That doesn't sound right.
Read the manual and maybe someone will answer who has your exact setup.
[I hate it when they print a manual that covers all the different options. It's up to
you to try and figure out which part of the manual applies to your unit!!]

If it is functioning correctly, you can have gas or electric or both at once to heat
your water.
Most of us use the gas only if we are in a hurry and use the electric heat to save
the LP gas other times.
Also the electric heat is nearly silent while the gas can be a bit noisy in the middle
of the night.

Hope this help!
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:00 PM   #12
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Thanks.

That is the dual switch I have on the inside. Now if I can figure out why it wont heat water. I guess I will check the element first since the switch was turned on.and the burner on the gas wont stay lit. We just bought the camper last week, it has been sitting up unused for almost 2 years.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:37 PM   #13
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Read the manual I sent a link for.
It says something about how to reset the unit if it fails to light.
If it's lighting and then going out it could be as simple as the thermocouple
being slightly out of place or it might need a new one.
They are simple to change and not at all expensive.
Parts can be found online or at your local dealer.

Remove one wire from the electric element.
Check resistance across the 2 screws on the element.
It should be very low, around 20 ohms or less.
If you get high resistance in the K ohms or more, it's bad.
Again, they are fairly cheap.
I know because I just changed mine yesterday but it's a Suburban brand.

Let us know what you find and maybe we can help you further.
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One more question. My truck is a 1999 GMC Sierra Classic. Someone told me it would pull(breath)better with dual exhaust . Is this true?
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:32 AM   #15
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Sorry I can't help you there.

That question is much better answered in the
Towing or Towd
forum with a proper subject.

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