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Old 04-24-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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Water Heater On/Off Switch

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In poking around our new Wildcat Maxx TT, there is a switch on the main panel that seems to switch the water heater from propane to electric. Is there a separate switch that will shut the water heater off when not needed, or do I just shut off the propane supply?

I appreciate any comments and feedback!

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Old 04-24-2016, 10:09 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with that particular trailer, but most of the panels I've come across only have a switch for propane...some have an electric switch also. Haven't seen one with a switch from one to another. How is the switch labeled?
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:24 PM   #3
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Are you sure that switch does that?
Most FR products have Suburban WHs, which have the electric switch outside, on the WH itself.
The inside switch is propane only.

Post a pic of it or the brand and model number of the WH.
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Hi all!

In poking around our new Wildcat Maxx TT, there is a switch on the main panel that seems to switch the water heater from propane to electric. Is there a separate switch that will shut the water heater off when not needed, or do I just shut off the propane supply?

I appreciate any comments and feedback!

If you do indeed have a Suburban water heater (not the tankless variety), then this FAQ may help out in understanding the switch(es).

Suburban's electric switch and much more

If you only have one water heater switch inside (Suburban model SW?DE), then it usually operates ONLY the propane/DSI.

If you have TWO water heater switches inside (Suburban model SW?DEL), then one is for the propane/DSI and the other is for the electric heating element.

Back to the RV's with only ONE inside switch (SW?DE), you may find a secondary switch outside on the face of the water heater that ONLY controls the electric heating element.

It's all explained in the link above, if this is the water heater you have
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:38 PM   #5
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Most FR products have Suburban WHs, which have the electric switch outside, on the WH itself.
Post a pic of it or the brand and model number of the WH.
Now I wish I had looked to see what brand WH was in the 2017 models I was looking at a few weeks ago. I know the panel in those had gas and electric switches on it.
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Probably Atwood.
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:13 PM   #7
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Water heater on/off switch

I also have a 2016 Wildcat Maxx TT - Inside switch is propane, outside switch on the heater is 110 electric.
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I have an Atwood water heater. Two switches on the inside panel. One for gas and one for electric.
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Now I wish I had looked to see what brand WH was in the 2017 models I was looking at a few weeks ago. I know the panel in those had gas and electric switches on it.
Next time you have a 20 mins or so, open all the covers access doors etc and record the manufacturer, model and serial number on all your appliances WH, Fridge, AC, water pump etc. Keep a copy in the RV and one at home. They are invaluable when you need parts or advise. A build sheet is provided to the dealer by FR on every unit with that info, but unless you ask, the dealer usually does not pass it along.
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My 2015 Sabre has the inside propane switch and the electric switch outside on the water heater. My question is that I have turned the electric switch on and then forget about it. It is always on. Any problem doing this?
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