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Old 05-21-2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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DSI water heater question

I have a 2011 Rockwood mini-lite 2306 with the dsi water heater and was curious to know if anyone knows how this water heater normally operates? I think there is both a propane burner and an electric element, so if there is an electric element is it normal for the burner to kick in if the trailer is plugged into AC? I thought if the trailer was plugged in it would use the electric element alone to heat the water. I am happy to have really hot water but I am the type of person that likes to know how things work.
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:03 AM   #2
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It usually runs on gas unless you force it to run on electric. Or force it to run on both. The switch on the inside of the trailer turns on gas only. There is a small, hard to find switch on the WH itself that will usually have a safety pin to keep it locked out. Turn on that switch and the WH breaker for electric, and turn them both on for gas/electric. I have never used my electric function. Partly out of fear I'll fire it up empty and burn it up and partly because most campground power is low and I'd rather run the air conditioner.

Of course always test to make sure the tank is full before operating the WH anyway.
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x2, What Radio said........


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Old 05-22-2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, a picture is worth a thousand words. I would have never seen that button since it is kind of hidden.
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:03 PM   #5
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x2, What Radio said........


YIKES!!!
Rocker switch "on" with water heater empty!!!
DANGER ! DANGER ! DANGER !
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:39 AM   #6
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YIKES!!!
Rocker switch "on" with water heater empty!!!
DANGER ! DANGER ! DANGER !
PumaPro,
Take a good look at the switch again. It may look as if it is in the ON position, but is actually in the OFF position. See the shadow to the lower right of the switch. Photos can fool you.
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I leave mine on full time, and control it with the inside circuit breaker that is for the WH. I then have that "to do" item listed on my checklist to switch that off before disconnecting the water or electric, so there's no chance of burning up the element. Randy
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Controlling it via the circuit breaker huh?......I like it!! might have to modify my checklist and add that to it, good idea.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:44 AM   #9
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Thanks to the picture in this thread, I was able to determine that my water heater will run on both electric and gas. I was convinced it ran on gas only. The manual says nothing about running on electricity, and the switch is small and very hard to see. I had to get a flashlight shining back in that area just to see it. I ran on electric all weekend and it worked great. This will save a lot of propane.
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Looking at the switch, it does look like it is in the on position.
The lockout pin on mine goes thru the bottom of the switch.
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