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Old 06-20-2014, 10:05 PM   #1
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Hot water heater

Alright call me dumb but I had a question.

My dad just purchased a new xlr and during his PdI the tech told him his hot water heater is electric and gas. I believe he has the same heater as I do in the wildwood. Do all the water heaters run off electric and gas?
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Yes most water heaters run off both.
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Is there a switch for this? My tech never mentioned this during my PdI
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:07 PM   #4
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Alright call me dumb but I had a question.

My dad just purchased a new xlr and during his PdI the tech told him his hot water heater is electric and gas. I believe he has the same heater as I do in the wildwood. Do all the water heaters run off electric and gas?
Not all, but Higher end units (maybe just newer ones) do (low end units run off of gas only)
BTW, the electric side of the house heats slower than the gas
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Is there a switch for this? My tech never mentioned this during my PdI

You should have a switch outside on the unit itself. That is the electric switch. There should be a panel somewhere inside you RV for the gas mode. I used to have both a Wildcat & Sierra 5vers that's how they were both rigged. I am not familiar with your RV, but is should be the same.
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And why they decided to put the switch behind everything is mind blowing.
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Great,

Thanks for the replies and pictures I'll have to check it out.
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Switch location, water heater.

I am only giving an opinion here, but I think the switch is located where it is, so it is hard to reach, on purpose. Same reason there is a safety shut off pin in the rocker (if your isn't tossed out) switch (see the little hole?). This prevents accidentally switching on, and having an electric element on, without water in the tank. If you haven't yet filled the tank, or opened the bypass this could be catastrophic for the element.
Once filled, of course it is only running up your electric bill (it only runs on 120, not 12 volt), so I shut it off for the night, and after morning ablutions. Means running outside but it's worth it, to me.
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I am only giving an opinion here, but I think the switch is located where it is, so it is hard to reach, on purpose. Same reason there is a safety shut off pin in the rocker (if your isn't tossed out) switch (see the little hole?). This prevents accidentally switching on, and having an electric element on, without water in the tank. If you haven't yet filled the tank, or opened the bypass this could be catastrophic for the element.
Once filled, of course it is only running up your electric bill (it only runs on 120, not 12 volt), so I shut it off for the night, and after morning ablutions. Means running outside but it's worth it, to me.
Those heaters are pretty well insulated and should hold the heat. If your that worried about running up your bill, why don't you wire a switch inside so you don't need to do all that running around in the morning to get hot water, or just use the propane side they really do hold temp quite well. Just a suggestion to you to make things easier on yourself.
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