Originally Posted by Duckogram
Here is the "Fix" I used. You can find more info at Camco.net.[/QUOTE
Thanks for the tip! Camco's 'Hybrid Heat' looks to be a nice way to add electric water heating.
Do you know if the included ON-OFF switch switches the 120 VAC to the unit directly, or alternately, is a relay included in the kit so that a remote 12 VDC source can switch the 120 VAC power ON 'n OFF?
Has anyone added Camco's Hybrid Heat to Atwood's G6A-8E LPG hot water heater?
Yes, I installed the Camco Hybrid on my 2013 vintage Atwood G6A-8E water heater. I did not put it on a hot water heater because I saw no reason to heat hot water.
It comes with the heating element (rod), rocker switch (illuminated), wiring, thermostat with safety sensor and very simple instructions. Installation requires
drilling a hole in water heater frame under the point where the propane line comes in. You must also cut the styrofoam on a flat part of the water heater tank to mount the thermostat with the 3M tape which is included. I installed mine in March of '14 with a full 20 gal tank of propane. I now have 3/4 of a tank after 4 MONTHS of traveling and 13,000 miles and have spent $0.00 on propane.
You do have to plan a bit to manage the hot water as the Camco is only 475W as tested. Thats about 1/3 of what a factory WH draws. Also noteworthy is that I installed an electrical box under the floor and wired it to the breaker box. The camco has a standard male 120v w/ground plug on the pigtail. As a bonus, I now have an outlet under the wardrobe where I can plug in a shop light so I can see down the cable chase. You probably dont have one of those.
Edit: I did cut the wires about 4" from the element and installed a 2 prong waterproof plug. This allows for easy removal of the element assembly for draining the tank and also acts as a safety when the tank is empty.