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Old 06-30-2015, 09:31 AM   #1
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Hot water heater

Does anyone know on a 1996 Aerbus is the water heater gas & electric or only gas mine seems to be gas only?
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:15 AM   #2
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Open the outside hatch on water heater, the make and model number will be on the tag. Anything else is just guessing.

Once you get the make and model, Google it or search this site.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:21 AM   #3
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If it were a gas/electric combination, there would be a switch somewhere and, most likely a breaker or fuse on the electric side. If you see wires going to the water heater, they may be 12v control wiring to a On/Off switch inside the coach and that switch would only light the gas pilot.

I replaced our gas only model with a Suburban gas/electric combo unit. The on/off electric switch is on the front of the unit, behind the swing down water heater door.
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:35 PM   #4
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Thanks for all the help I will take a closer look now I know what I am looking for
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Old 07-01-2015, 05:43 PM   #5
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I have a '97 Aerbus and just replaced the original water heater. Mine was a Surburban gas water heater with the direct spark ignition. I considered adding the electric option but decided against it. I believe that they only came with the gas water heater. Per my research, I found that PPL motorhome son TX had the best price with shipping. Installation was a breeze.
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Thanks Inthe70s I found out mine is gas only but it works great so I am going to leave it alone. Great advice if it goes out, why did you decide against adding the electric option?
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Thanks Inthe70s I found out mine is gas only but it works great so I am going to leave it alone. Great advice if it goes out, why did you decide against adding the electric option?
1. We just use the RV as a cabin at the lake and we only use it every other weekend and we seldom use much hot water.
2. My last TT had the gas and electric HW and the electric didn't seem to heat it as well as the gas.
3. Based upon my research, it seems like you need to use both, gas to heat it and then electric to keep it warm and assist with recovery.
4. I can't remember how much more the electric HW heater cost but it just didn't seem to be necessary in our situation.
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