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Old 09-24-2009, 01:49 PM   #1
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Water heater, gas or electrical

Hi guys.

I am looking to buy Salem 36 BHBS trailer.
Does anybody know if the water heater is electrical or on gas? Or it is both.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:03 PM   #2
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Chances are it is both. They are called Direct Spark Ignition (DSI) water heaters. Typically Forest River installs Suburban water heaters. There will be a switch on the water heater itself for electric use, and one inside the trailer for gas use. Most all units have these now.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:03 PM   #3
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Modern water heaters are almost always both. The option you want is DSI which automatically lights the water heater without breaking out the matches and going outside (in the rain perhaps).

Just make sure the water heater is FULL of water by getting a good squirt out of the pressure release valve before you try to light the gas OR turn on the electric element because running without water WILL destroy the water heater.

I have never used the electric element on mine. To save gas, I turn it off at night and on extended trips away from the camper.
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:27 PM   #4
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We have one of these dual gas/elect units in our 05 Wildwood 37BHSS. It is pretty reliable and easy to use. The description is correct on how to use it, and it is direct spark ignition. With the LP gas valve open, you turn on the switch in the kitchen and just wait a few minutes - the low voltage control circuit does the rest for you and if it fails to light for some reason (such as you left the LP gas valve shut, or there is air in the line because the valve has been shut for a while), then the red light will come on to indicate a problem.

After many uses, the only time we ever encountered problems is when the gas supply was low (empty tank) or we had left the gas valve shut and forgot to bleed the air out of the line at the kitchen stove (which is easy to do, you just light one of the burners on it, the stove is the highest point in the gas piping and the air will come out right away.)

Finally, the electric does come in handy if you are out of gas, which happened once, too, but otherwise it's cheaper to not use the electric heat. Our 10 gallon tank is enough hot water for 2 adult showers, but not 3, but it only takes about 5 minutes to heat the whole tank in the first place, so it's real efficient. I've even thought of ripping out the 40 gallon tank in my house and piping up two of these in parallel to heat my home hot water.
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Old 09-25-2009, 06:46 AM   #5
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Ours is LP/Electric/DSI. We almost exclusively use electric. I figure I'm already paying for the electricity in the site rent so why not use it. I turn on the gas side when we want quick recovery (i.e. both of us want a shower in succession). You can run both gas & electric at the same time.
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:29 AM   #6
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Thank you guys. I didnot expect such a good and fast answer.

I checked the brochure last night, DSI is an option, does not come as a standard feature. I will have to make sure I that get that. I have heard that gas water heater is very loud. That is one of the reasons why I would like to have electrical too.

Why is this forum so inactive? Can it be that there are no too many Salem/Wildwood owners?
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:56 AM   #7
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Finally, the electric does come in handy if you are out of gas, which happened once, too, but otherwise it's cheaper to not use the electric heat.
I would think that if you are in a campground that has electric service included, then using the electric element would be cheaper than using your propane, because you have to buy your own propane.
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:57 AM   #8
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I have heard that gas water heater is very loud. That is one of the reasons why I would like to have electrical too.
The gas water heater in our Surveyor is not loud. You can hear it click on, and a slight noise while the burner is lit.
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I turned the elec side of mine on for the first time scince we purchased our used trailer last year.
Surprise the elec side doesnt seem to work, is there an easy way to test the element??
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I turned the elec side of mine on for the first time scince we purchased our used trailer last year.
Surprise the elec side doesnt seem to work, is there an easy way to test the element??
I would pull the cover over the element, turn it on, and see if u have 120 volts at the element connections. If voltage is present and no hot water, I'd assume a bad element. As in the above post, make sure ur heater is full of water first. I don't know how long the element will word without water....I doubt it will work a minute.
I had to replace mine because of no water
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