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Old 05-21-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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Hello all,
Just bought a used 2006 Forrest River Salem Tag A Long. It has a Surburban sw6p water heater (gas only). Can I add electric to this unit, or do I have to replace the whole waster heater with a sw6pe, and if I replace with a new one will it fit in the same space with the original?
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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You can add electric, usually by replacing the anode rod with a conversion kit. Most common, "hot rod". you cam search for it. Make sure your electrical load will handle another 10 amps. No electric frying pans, no electric griddles, no electric hair dryers.... and the list goes on. AC can be 15 amps, microwave, another 12 or so, so that is 27 of a 30 amp service. You will also need free breaker space in the panel to add a breaker, and then be able to run a plug to your water heater. Me and the wife, 60 plus nights, limited cooking, water heater, some furnace, finally burned 60 pounds of propane, less than $50 here where we are. Less than a dollar a day, total propane. Take a long time to recoup $150 plus electric water heater upgrade, for the hot rod and wiring.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
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Hott Rod.

Although I agree with Windrider and not sure I would add it for the amount of time I spend at camping. Now, if I were retired and camping all the time with electric...then it makes sense.


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