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Old 12-07-2011, 01:38 PM   #11
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Are you sure the propane bottles were completely full when you started? There is no way the water heater should be using that much propane no matter what temperature you are camping in. The furnace is the biggest hog of propane.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:11 PM   #12
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IF you give us the exact make and model # of your HW heater we can
google and tell you if it's dual heat or just LP.
Are you sure your refrigerator is on AC and not LP??
An oven used a couple times will not use that much LP.

What size are your LP tanks and were they FULL.

We can't answer your specific question without more specific information!!
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:24 PM   #13
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YESSS COOKIEEEESSSSS and Yes, You wil have a switch in your outside panal, when You switch it to Elecric, it will not use LP, well mine dosnt anyway LOL
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:20 PM   #14
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The switch on mine, is stuck "on", and I only use Shore power. Does that mean I can't run it on propane, until I shut the switch to "off". How bout if I pull the power plug, will it switch to propane, then. Thanks
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:08 PM   #15
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don't you hate it when a person posts and makes it seem like an emergency and then doesn't check back for answers?
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:16 PM   #16
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There is a nice benefit about leaving the propane "on" on the WH, while also using the electric. The propane heats the water quickly, while the electric does a great job of maintaining the heat. This way if there is a surge in hot water use (a long shower,right after doing dishes, or somethinig similar), the propane will quickly restore the water temp.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:54 PM   #17
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I'm new to this and have only used the electric element to heat water.
I don't have an instruction manual for my water heater. I have my propane regulators on and have turned on the blue water heater switch located on the control panel with no results. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:16 PM   #18
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I'm new to this and have only used the electric element to heat water.
I don't have an instruction manual for my water heater. I have my propane regulators on and have turned on the blue water heater switch located on the control panel with no results. What am I doing wrong?
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Indydog, you've posted on someone else's thread and it's in the Sandpiper owners section.
first, do you also have a Sandpiper and if so, which model?
if you don't, you should start your own thread either in the Tech and Repair section or in the brand/type section of your RV.

and what brand/model WH do you have?
my Suburban WH has a red switch for propane operation.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:52 PM   #19
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We run ours on electric any time we have power. Wall switch is for propane only. Not sure why H2O heater manufacturer has always hidle electric switch in H2O heater compartment. Should find a small flip switch in there which may have a small cotter pin which may need to be removed. Turn it on anytime you have electric service and remember to turn it off if tank is emptied or you will burn out electric heating element.
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If you have an outside BBQ hose, check the valve. Mine was leaking if the valve was not shut off. It should shut off if is is disconnected but mine did not. I went through 30 lbs of LP in 4 days. If i run the furnace and HW plus DW cooking 30lb. should last 7 to 8 days.
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