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Old 06-26-2019, 09:38 AM   #1
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hot water- gas AND electric?

I have a FR 2017 Surveyor 251 RKS, no hot water.
Ran out of propane. Will the hot water heater run off the electric
hookup and or battery?
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:41 AM   #2
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If you have a gas AND electric model water heater it will run off propane or 120v electric but not battery only.

You do need a battery to supply 12v to fire the propane igniter and operate the gas valve UNLESS you have a model water heater that has a manually lighted pilot. The 12v can also come from the converter when plugged into shore power if you happen to have no battery installed. (which you should)

For faster recovery, you CAN run BOTH the LP and electric at the same time.

To be sure about 'proper' advice, you should always list the make/model of the appliance you are asking about. Without it, we can often only give generic advice.
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I'm not sure if your trailer has an electric option. If you do then you can run your hot water on electric when you are plugged in. Open the hot water heater access and take a picture so we can see what type of unit you have.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:45 AM   #4
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electric option

thats the question: Does the 2017 Surveyor 251RKS have the electric option to run the hot water option?
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:47 AM   #5
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thats the question: Does the 2017 Surveyor 251RKS have the electric option to run the hot water option?
Again, we can't tell you unless you list the make/model.

Forest River uses different models across brands and even in different series.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:50 AM   #6
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Does your water heater have a switch like this...
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If you have Suburban WH, look in the lower left corner behind the outside access panel. If you see a small black rocker switch move it to on and you should be good to go. Also don't forget to run the stove top for a minute or so once you refill the propane to purge the air from the lines after changing the tank. See Photo.
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As 5picker said, the WH electric side is 120v AC and will only run on shore power or generator power.
Should be a Suburban WH with the electric rocker switch on the WH itself and accessed from the outside WH compartment.
A 2017 Surveyor should have a propane dsi/electric Suburban WH.
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thats the question: Does the 2017 Surveyor 251RKS have the electric option to run the hot water option?
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Again, we can't tell you unless you list the make/model.

Forest River uses different models across brands and even in different series.
Make/model of the WATER HEATER, not the trailer.
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As everyone is explaining, FR uses different brands, makes, and models of water heaters in their different RV's.

They also offer options, so your specific year/make/model RV could have a different optioned water heater than the same one next off the assembly line (ex tank type or tankless).. The only way to know is for you to tell us what make/model water heater you may have...or just take a pic of it and we can decipher it quickly.

If you do perhaps have a Suburban water heater with an electric heating element, this thread may help:

Suburban's electric switch and much more
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