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Old 05-06-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Camping this weekend and having water heater issues, works fine during the day. we did every thing the same as previous trips. When we wake up no hot water. When we turn the electric switch off/on inside it sounds like it is blowing up, when my husband took the plate off we found out that the gas was also on. How do you just use just electric. We have every booklet but the one for the water heater, of course. Thanks.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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The switch for the electric is outside, behind the water heater cover, lower left. If you are plugged in, and the heater is full of water, and sounds like it is, just turn the switch on outside. Make sure you DO NOT....DO NOT... turn on the inside switch with the red light. That switch controls the gas operation only. Also make sure you turn off the electric before you unplug.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:09 AM   #3
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Where is the switch please.

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Bottom left. It is below and kind of behind the gas valve. May have a small pin in it, keeping it in the off position. (most ship with the pin in, just so it won't be turned on when power is applied, and no water in the tank, which burn the element out in just a few seconds. The pin is just a safety, and can be tossed.) Just pull the pin, and turn the rocker switch to on.
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Found a pic for you

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Great thanks is the anode suppose to be removed?
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No on the anode. It is a combination anode rod and drain plug. Only remove when there is no power, (either not plugged in or heater switch off), and when the water is cold. It will dump 6 gallons of water when the anode is pulled. It will also need refilling before the electric is turned on, or it will burn the electric element up in just a few seconds.
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When camping and hooked to shore power you can turn the WH electric switch on (after you confirm the heater has water). The switch on the control panel inside is to fire up the WH using propane. We turn on the propane switch when taking showers to improve recovery time. Both electric and propane will function at the same time. When done with showers we turn the propane switch off to save fuel and leave the electric on. You should have a WH manual with your docs. I am sure there has been posted in PDF on this forum so do a search.

When turning on the WH propane switch inside, there is a light just under the tank LEDS that says FAULT. This will light until the WH has fired up. If it does not go out within a few minutes, turn the switch off, wait, then try again. If air is in the propane line and the unit will not light, bleed the air by lighting burners on your stovetop.
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When camping and hooked to shore power you can turn the WH electric switch on (after you confirm the heater has water). The switch on the control panel inside is to fire up the WH using propane. We turn on the propane switch when taking showers to improve recovery time. Both electric and propane will function at the same time. When done with showers we turn the propane switch off to save fuel and leave the electric on. You should have a WH manual with your docs. I am sure there has been posted in PDF on this forum so do a search.

When turning on the WH propane switch inside, there is a light just under the tank LEDS that says FAULT. This will light until the WH has fired up. If it does not go out within a few minutes, turn the switch off, wait, then try again. If air is in the propane line and the unit will not light, bleed the air by lighting burners on your stovetop.
This was a very good explanation on the use of WH. I now understand it, been trying to figure this out for sometime now. Thanks!
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No on the anode. It is a combination anode rod and drain plug. Only remove when there is no power, (either not plugged in or heater switch off), and when the water is cold. It will dump 6 gallons of water when the anode is pulled. It will also need refilling before the electric is turned on, or it will burn the electric element up in just a few seconds.
We've always left the rod in, with the switch off and after water is drained, in between our camping trips. Have we been doing this wrong? Why does the rod need to be removed when not in use? It just seems easy to keep it stored there, 'til we go camping again.
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