Originally Posted by The_Stuff
mine came with a light switch to turn the hot water heater on, and it lights up when powered on.
I believe most of the newer FRs have dual gas/electric (Suburban) and a switch on the control panel that turns on the gas portion of the WH. And my gas WH switch lights up when on too. Are you sure you aren't talking about the gas switch? Before doing this mod the only way I could turn on the electric part of the WH was to go outside, drop the panel cover on the WH, and try to reach the tiny switch in the bottom left corner. Not so easy to find sometimes, even in broad daylight. But of course yours might be completely different!
On my previous TT (2000 Fleetwood) it came with a switch for electric WH in the kitchen area, but you had to light the gas manually from outside! And the switch was not lighted so I was never quite sure if it was off or on.
Before doing this mod I looked around for a switch with a light right in the switch itself. The ones I found like that for 110VAC would only light when the power was OFF. I could have made do with that, but preferred it to be lit when ON. The smaller lighted switches like on the control panel are 12VDC I think and wiring one of those in this circumstance would have required some sort of controller and just seemed like more trouble and expense than it would have been worth.
It would be nice if FR would just put a switch on the panel for both gas and electric modes. But like I said, wiring DC circuits to control 110VAC just adds time and expense and I'm sure that's why they don't do it. Maybe they do on the higher end models?
2010 Flagstaff 829RGSS
Still to go: AK, NL, NT, NU, YT