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Old 07-16-2013, 11:02 AM   #11
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The WH has been set for both electric and propane. Does anyone know if it "favors" electr over propane when the MH is connected to 110v?
Now there is a heck of a good question.
But even if the temp setting on the propane side is hotter than the electric, if you have the electric element on all the time, it would take much propane to bump it up.
We always have the hwt on electric, but have turned on the propane when having a shower, but I never paid attention to whether it fired up the moment I hit the switch, or not. Need to experiment!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:11 AM   #12
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The WH has been set for both electric and propane. Does anyone know if it "favors" electr over propane when the MH is connected to 110v? I imagine I may have been heating the WH while we're on the road. Thanks for suggestion to check the temp setting. The water temp doesn't seem too high though.
When you say set to both, do mean "Auto"? Ours is either Off, Auto or Gas. In Auto the unit detects the 120v and switches to ac. When ac goes away it switches to gas. The Gas switch means gas always.

As far as turning off while traveling, there is a whole thread on this site about what people do. I leave my gas on. My DW and I just returned from a 4000 mile trip pulling the TT. If I turned the gas off I would be better off removing the fridge and adding an ice chest rack in its place.

I don't know how full my tanks are from that trip (have not refilled yet), but I think one is still 100%, and the other pretty low. Used gas for fridge, cook top some, oven some and the heater few nights. As Old Coot says, you can run fridge on gas forever.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:14 AM   #13
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Oops, I misunderread the post, sorry I see you are talking about the water heater..
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OMG! All this advice and the OP doesn't even know if he started with a full tank of propane. And who's to say the gauges are correct?
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Something to remember, just because the wh is set to propane does not mean it is burning all the time while going down the road. If it had reached the proper temp and shut off before you left the campground, chances are, provided no hot water usage, it might come on for a short time a couple of times in an 8 hr trip.
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OMG! All this advice and the OP doesn't even know if he started with a full tank of propane. And who's to say the gauges are correct?
What he said!
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OMG! All this advice and the OP doesn't even know if he started with a full tank of propane. And who's to say the gauges are correct?
Yeah, time to shut it down. Pointless.
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Just to clarify before I get a bad rep on this site....I did check the propane via that LED's on the control center. The LEDs showed "full" which should verify that the dealer filled the tank at delivery as required. I just didn't cross check against the gauge that's mounted on the tank. The LED would imply that we've used about 20# so far and gauge would indicate that we've used about 30# (if the working capacity of a 60# tank is actually 60#). Thanks all for your input!
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Just to clarify before I get a bad rep on this site....I did check the propane via that LED's on the control center. The LEDs showed "full" which should verify that the dealer filled the tank at delivery as required. I just didn't cross check against the gauge that's mounted on the tank. The LED would imply that we've used about 20# so far and gauge would indicate that we've used about 30# (if the working capacity of a 60# tank is actually 60#). Thanks all for your input!
No reason for you to get a bad rep, all you did was ask a question.
But you did get some questionable feedback.
I would still check for leaks.
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