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Old 08-19-2016, 07:36 AM   #1
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question concerning an electric switch

We are new to this group, and so happy to be here. My husband and I recently purchased a 2005 Gulfstream Sun Voyager SE in excellent condition with 13,000 miles. I find the owners manual to be very deficient in information. My question is, under the kitchen sink to the left where there are cabinets, there is one cabinet very shallow, really not for storage, but has a wood panel that has mounted with an on/off switch for ceiling and wall lights, but there is also a regular switch that has a red light that lights up when turned on. Can anyone tell me what this is for. I'm thinking maybe inverter. Thank you.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:41 AM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2. That switch is most likely for your basement storage lights.

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Old 08-19-2016, 07:58 AM   #3
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What do you mean by regular switch? The kind you find in your house?

Your lights are 12v, so they normally use a "automotive" style switch.
cant use these for 115v. So it could be the water heater switch.

Just a guess since I dont have your model coach.

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Yes like a household switch. We have a hot water switch located by the water pump, tank levels etc. on the wall. Kathy
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Welcome to IRV2. That switch is most likely for your basement storage lights.

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I will try turning it on and testing the basement lights. Thank you.
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Yes like a household switch. We have a hot water switch located by the water pump, tank levels etc. on the wall. Kathy
My water heater will work in propane or electric. Therefore I have two switches, one for each mode. How do you control how you want your heater to work?

I still think this switch is for something that runs on 115v.
Any chance you have a instant hot water dispenser?

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Didn't work for the lights, , I'm wondering if it heats the holding tanks for winter use.
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Didn't work for the lights, , I'm wondering if it heats the holding tanks for winter use.
Now that is possible....considering where it is located, it is likely plumbing related.

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I would go with an electric element for the water heater. I installed a couple Hott Rods and used those switches for them so I knew when it was on.
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Water heater on electric, do you have a surg gard installed? Or another device that reads your amp draw? If it is the water heater and if the element is good you should see about 8 amps on the meter, don't leave it on with out water in the tank, that's what burns up the element.
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I would go with an electric element for the water heater. I installed a couple Hott Rods and used those switches for them so I knew when it was on.
Yep,, this is what i did on our rig. Installed the element then installed a regular household type light switch with red indicator light. Make sure you have water in the tank before turning on the switch. If it is a WH switch, and, depending on whether a relay was used or not, it may be 120 volts at the switch. Don't get shocked...
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It is for the heating element in hot water tank. When you turn it on and go outside you should be able to hear it hissing, but must be full of water first. Don't be surprised if you have to replace element and, if you do have to replace flush tank really good look inside with flashlight for debris..
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