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Old 11-11-2018, 07:14 AM   #1
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Hot water heater switch to electric?

Hi, this is our second time in our new glacier Peak fifth wheel, just got to a campground with electric hookups. We want to turn the water heater switch to 110 instead of gas. Can we just hit the 110 button on the panel or do we need to go outside and switch the "on" button on the hot water tank outside first? The button has a piece of tape on it so not sure? Thanks.
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Try it first the way it is, then if not heating the water, pull the tape off....just make sure it's full of water first and flip the switch.....open the safety relief, then let it kinda slam shut........as a reminder, one can place a marker of your choice on the water heater door to let you know that the switch is on....this is for a Suburban brand heater
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:30 PM   #3
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Yes the outside switch on the water heater must be on to use the 110.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:59 PM   #4
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You have a Suburban WH (OEM Electric switch in outside compartment)
You also have a RV MFG that installed a WH Electric On/Off Switch inside the RV

That switch is in 'series' with the OEM switch so BOTH have to be ON for electric element to be energized. The one inside can be used to turn element OFF (just leave outside one ON)


You can sloe turn electric and propane ON at same time..........fastest recovery
Electric only......roughly 6 gal/hr recovery
Propane only.....roughly 10 gal/hr recovery
BOTH........roughly 16 gal/hr recovery (great for back to back showers etc)
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:55 PM   #5
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Should of been covered in PDI, if one was done...
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Like others, I flipped the switch at the rear of the heater on. Been that way for 2 years. No need to turn it off I can see.
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I turn my outside switch off after I winterize in case someone turns the switch on when trying to turn on lights.
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Thank you so much! Sounds like we can just leave the switch on the hot water heater in the “on” position whether we are using propane or electric.
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I turn my outside switch off after I winterize in case someone turns the switch on when trying to turn on lights.
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Hi, this is our second time in our new glacier Peak fifth wheel, just got to a campground with electric hookups. We want to turn the water heater switch to 110 instead of gas. Can we just hit the 110 button on the panel or do we need to go outside and switch the "on" button on the hot water tank outside first? The button has a piece of tape on it so not sure? Thanks.
Yep the outside switch must be or. The tape is there for safety. Never turn the electric on with an empty water heater.
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I turn my outside switch off after I winterize in case someone turns the switch on when trying to turn on lights.
THAT is a good idea! Adding it to my procedures to avoid a costly mistake....
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You have a Suburban WH (OEM Electric switch in outside compartment)
You also have a RV MFG that installed a WH Electric On/Off Switch inside the RV

That switch is in 'series' with the OEM switch so BOTH have to be ON for electric element to be energized. The one inside can be used to turn element OFF (just leave outside one ON)


You can sloe turn electric and propane ON at same time..........fastest recovery
Electric only......roughly 6 gal/hr recovery
Propane only.....roughly 10 gal/hr recovery
BOTH........roughly 16 gal/hr recovery (great for back to back showers etc)

Awesome idea on having both propane and electric on for faster recovery time..
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Hot water heater valves

Just bought a 2019 OUTDOORS RV-21fqs--haven't been camping yet so i thought i would do some looking around inside and out--pulled the cover off to the hot water tank and noticed 2 lines side by side with on -off valves that dead end..What are these ? I saw the by pass valve,but haven't seen these in my other trailer.Lets see if i can post a picture..Thanks
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Your description doesn't bring a visual idea to mind.......
Do these lines come FROM Water heater?
2 lines/2 valves and Dead End???


Low Point Drains....1 for cold water lines/1 for hot water lines----used to drain system when winterizing????
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