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Old 03-29-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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Water Heater electric switch

My Roo has the switch for the electric located on the water heater. I am thinking of running 14/2 to a regular house switch with a light indicator to turn the outlet that the water heater is connected to on and off. Any other ideas out there how to turn my electric on and off from inside... Besides flipping the breaker.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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You don't already have a switch w/ light inside to turn the elec element on?
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:07 PM   #3
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Here is a link to one mod for this.

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@wiscamping - negative ghostrider, switch inside is gas only. Switch on the heater itself for electric operation

@wmtire - thx for the writeup. Either I haven't figured out FRF mobile yet or I just need to get in the house and get on the computer.
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Do a search on this forum for "water heater switch" and you will get all the information you need....
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:21 PM   #6
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I guess that will be my first order of business when I get in the house or in the morning when I wake up. I have a feeling it will be Mod Saturday.
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I also posted at one time about a wireless remote switch for water heater....
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:25 AM   #8
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You don't already have a switch w/ light inside to turn the elec element on?
I know that when it comes to the common Suburban model SW6DE water heater, that some trailers/coaches do have an inside switch (like Turbos TT does) to turn the electric heating element on.



However, many (including both of my trailers), did not come with an inside on/off electric heating element switch......but instead have ONLY this black switch that is located on the front of the water heater itself...near the left hand bottom side. It is hidden just a little, and you have to open/remove your outside water heater panel to get to this switch. See pic

The OP is wanting to know if there are other options available, so he doesn't have to go outside the trailer to access the switch to turn his electrical heating element on/off.


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Mine was fairly easy. Bought a lighted switch(only lit when the heater is on)...! Tapped into the wires from the outside switch and wired my switch in. The outside switch has to be on to let the inside switch work....but can turn the WH on or off from the inside.
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Finally got on the computer this morning, had to check out the job bids at work before heading on FRF. I can now see what everyone is talking about. Thanks for all the ideas. My plan is to get a junction box for behind my distribution center, since where I want my switch is on one side of it, and the water heater is under my bottom bunk on the other side. While there, I am going to run some 12V wire to a future 12V charging station for electronic gizmos.
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