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Old 10-27-2015, 02:26 PM   #1
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Converting or replacing gas hot water heater with gas/electric

Our 2013 FR-3 came equipped with a gas Suburban hot water heater. (The newer units have a gas/electric heater). How difficult is it to either modify our heater so that it will operate on electricity/or gas or replace it with one that will? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 10-27-2015, 02:44 PM   #2
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There are electric conversion elements available for many models. Use Google for source links.
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Old 10-27-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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Old 10-27-2015, 03:58 PM   #4
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:06 PM   #5
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Consider the amperage available at your campsite !
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:16 PM   #6
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Fr3 is 50 amp ? No ?

Even if it is 30 amp I had no issues for years on 30 amp with electric water heater.
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:31 PM   #7
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Our 2013 FR-3 came equipped with a gas Suburban hot water heater. (The newer units have a gas/electric heater). How difficult is it to either modify our heater so that it will operate on electricity/or gas or replace it with one that will? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
What is model number of your water heater?
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My coach is 30A. Been using it for almost 2 years without a problem.

Edit: Don't let the name of the link fool you, it's about the water heater upgrade.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:43 AM   #9
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Useful information. Thanks! Our FR-3 has 30 amp power. I will look into the "Hot Rod" universal kit.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:07 PM   #10
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I have done 3 hot rod upgrades on my 3 motorhomes. Not hard to do, but make sure you connect the power through a plug-in or switch so you can shut it off if your water tank is empty and you are plugged into power.
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