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Old 09-20-2016, 07:20 PM   #1
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Water Heater elect. add on

I would like to hear some pro's and con's on adding an electric element to a 6 gallon attwood heater.

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Old 09-20-2016, 09:05 PM   #2
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Did it on mine

I installed a Hybrid Electric Conversion Kit to my water heater. When plugged into shore power at a rv park or camp ground I can heat up my hot water in 30 minutes without using propane. since in most cases the electric is included in the daily rate, it cost me nothing to heat my water and uses no propane. If I am in a hurry I can turn on the propane and the electric at the same time and heat the water in 10 minutes or less. You can run both at the same time without hurting the tank. works great for me. I don't know of any cons. saves me lots of money for propane.

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I really don't know of any cons, it's a nice addition so you can enjoy more hot water. It doesn't replace the gas burner, but it allows you to use less gas since the electric element will maintain the heated water. It also helps heat faster. I think if safely installed, it's only a positive addition to the RV. I would install a switch inside to turn it on and an additional switch in with the water heater to prevent the element being turned on when the tank is empty.

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I've installed two Hott Rods in water heaters over the last 16 years. No real downside other than it voids the factory warranty according to Atwood and Suburban.
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