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Old 01-03-2020, 03:19 PM   #1
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I have a 2020 Cedar Creek Hathaway that has a 12 gal hotwater heater that will work on electric for a while then it will go to propane and the control center shows electric on propane off. I was wondering if maybe the demand at times while doing dishes or showers could cause that?
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what makes you think it's 'going to propane'?

maybe you're just hearing the water 'boiling', not that propane is being used...
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Are you referring g to an electronic control panel, and if so....Are you sure your control center even controls the water heater, or either heating mode.

The reason I say that, is we have threads with cedar creeks where there is a separate DSi switch for the propane side of the water heater, then also an electric switch on the face of the water heater for the electric element.
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Here is a thread, post #5, where it shows cedar Creek doesn't necessarily have the water heater connected to the in-command controls, if that is the control panel you are referring to.

Hot water heater controls

It's possible, you have different switches, to control the water heater, that are not part of the in-command center. You could have the propane and/or electric heating element on, or just one and falsely think the other one is on....if you are going by the display on the in-command center
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Standing beside the hot water heater feeling the heat from the burner
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Standing beside the hot water heater feeling the heat from the burner
It can heat on propane AND electricity at the same time. It doesn't/can't automatically switch from one source to the other. I suspect you have both ON and when the propane thermostat calls for more heater, the propane burner comes on alone with the electric element.
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Here is a thread, post #5, where it shows cedar Creek doesn't necessarily have the water heater connected to the in-command controls, if that is the control panel you are referring to.

Hot water heater controls

It's possible, you have different switches, to control the water heater, that are not part of the in-command center. You could have the propane and/or electric heating element on, or just one and falsely think the other one is on....if you are going by the display on the in-command center
Camping World says it's connected to the in command system. The gas on the display is off and it is on electric....
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We have a 2018 Hathaway.

One switch in the heater area turns electric circuit on or off. Period.

Gas switch in the switch panel turns the gas on or off. Period.

When necessary we turn both on for near continuous hot water.

When on electric from the outside access panel you feel no heat.

When on gas the access panel is hot! If you touch it it will burn you.

No connection to any other panel on the 18.

We really like ours. Does its job. But, all manual.
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Camping World says it's connected to the in command system. The gas on the display is off and it is on electric....
I would advise double checking this. As others have stated, their same brand RV, even though it has the in-command controls for the water heater....they are not connected to it from the factory.

Their RVs have two different manual type switches, to control the propane and electric heating elements sides of the water heater.. .and nothing in the in-command electronic center affects it. You could possibly be turning on options in the in-command electronic control center, but it's not actually doing anything.

If you will take a picture of your manual switch panel ( not the in-command center), and post it...we can probably point out your propane/DSi switch if you have such

Your electric heating element switch is most likely accessed from outside the RV and is on the face of the water heater at the bottom left. It is a small black rocker switch and may be partially hidden from view by the gas flue. This thread may help you locate.

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