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Old 06-29-2014, 10:31 PM   #11
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I leave the switch on the outside in the "ON" position and operate it electrically from the inside control panel. If you're in a hurry to heat up the water, use both electric and gas. We run usually run it on electric and let the CG pay for the power.

So how does it default to electric if the gas is turned on as well? So the wall switch is the master switch I am assuming. I guess my question is does the water heater default to electric if the switch is always on?
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:40 PM   #12
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So how does it default to electric if the gas is turned on as well? So the wall switch is the master switch I am assuming. I guess my question is does the water heater default to electric if the switch is always on?
As originally outfitted, Yes
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It doesn't exactly "default" to electric, as your refrigerator does once you plug into shore poser. The water heater can run on gas only, even if you are plugged in at the campground, or on electric only, or on both if you want to heat the water pretty quickly. User's choice, not a "default" system at all.
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It doesn't exactly "default" to electric, as your refrigerator does once you plug into shore poser. The water heater can run on gas only, even if you are plugged in at the campground, or on electric only, or on both if you want to heat the water pretty quickly. User's choice, not a "default" system at all.
I had the electric thermo fail once. I noted it was set to close at 10 deg. less than the gas stat. That's the "automatic or default" means of elec. before gas.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:18 PM   #15
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I'm confused. Maybe I'm missing something. How do you run it on both? I'm assuming you have the electric switch on the water heater turned on and the heater switch on the panel turned on?
If so, then how do you run on only electric? Same setup with the propane tanks turned off is the only thing I can think of. That doesn't seem very convenient for using the other appliances.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:54 PM   #16
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If you want to utilize only electricity to the hw heater, flip the switch outside for electric. If you want gas and electricity, flip the switch outside for electric and the inside switch for gas.

We've never run both personally but we are a family of three plus the dog.


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why didn't your PDI tech show you where the electric switch was, instead of just telling you that you have an electric side to the WH?

another example of a poor PDI when they don't show the customer such a basic and important feature of the RV.
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One note on electric water heating...it is slower than propane. If you have a lot of folks taking showers and so forth you may want to leave it on propane.
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To clarify a little, if you have the electric switch on the outside and are on shore power, the wh will heat with electric. If you leave the electric switch on the outside on and connected to shore power, you can flip the switch on the inside control panel on and the gas will also come on with the electric to heat the water faster. If you leave both switches in the on position and unhook from shore power, the gas will heat by itself. There is NO automatic default to electric. Just make sure that you always have water in the water heater tank regardless of whether you are on electric or gas or both.
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