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Old 06-24-2016, 12:55 PM   #1
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Not sure what this switch is for

Lightning bolt swtich, I think its used to charge my battery not sur when I should be using it. I am at the trailer every weekend so I'm thinking I should let it stay on all the time
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Old 06-24-2016, 12:57 PM   #2
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Lightning bolt swtich, I think its used to charge my battery not sur when I should be using it. I am at the trailer every weekend so I'm thinking I should let it stay on all the time
That's to the electric heating element side of your water heater.

Do not ever turn it on if you don't have water in the heater tank, or you will fry the electric element.

The right hand switch (with the flame pic) is to the propane side of the water heater.

You can use either side depending on if you connected to 120 volt power (for the electric element) or have propane (for the gas/propane side). You can also use both at the same time if you need faster heated water recovery (ie many people using the shower in succession).
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Please explain I am really new to this, I know the switch with the flame is used to heat my water or at least when i turn it on it heats my water. So i gather the lightning bolt switch is used electric instead of LP?
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Please explain I am really new to this, I know the switch with the flame is used to heat my water or at least when i turn it on it heats my water. So i gather the lightning bolt switch is used electric instead of LP?
Yes, here is very detailed FAQ to a Suburban water heater. Even though you have an Atwood, the operation is very similar, except that you have an inside switch for both the electric heating element and gas/dsi like in post #4 of the link below.

Suburban's electric switch and much more
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Awesome thank you so much
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Awesome thank you so much
You are welcome, I may have accidently linked you to the last post in that thread, but you need to start at the first one actually.

If it's not clear still, let me know and I'll try to explain it better.
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Lightning bolt swtich, I think its used to charge my battery not sur when I should be using it. I am at the trailer every weekend so I'm thinking I should let it stay on all the time
Can you please stop flicking that switch on and off, its turning my lights on and off here in New Zealand. Hehe
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Cowboy...As long as the water heater has water in it, and I am living in the RV, I leave the gas switch on all time. If we need quick recovery for the hot water, like two showers in a row, I turn on the electric switch. When all showers and dishes are done, I turn the electric off. Propane and electric on at the same time really heats the water fast!
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Cowboy...As long as the water heater has water in it, and I am living in the RV, I leave the gas switch on all time. If we need quick recovery for the hot water, like two showers in a row, I turn on the electric switch. When all showers and dishes are done, I turn the electric off. Propane and electric on at the same time really heats the water fast!
Why wouldn't you do it the other way around? Leave on electric until you need fast hot water then turn on gas.. Why use your propane when you can use park electricity....
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In the winter I normally pay by the month, and then I have to pay for power. If I am not paying for power then I use electric water heater.
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