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Old 08-22-2017, 06:43 PM   #1
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Don't know what this switch is for

So i have no clue what the right switch is for. Anyone have any ideas? My fifth wheel is a 2005 sierra forest river.Click image for larger version

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Looks like a previous owner add-on. Maybe the electric water heater switch?
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:43 PM   #3
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Or tank heater pads?
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:45 AM   #4
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Being that's it's an illuminated switch it would seem that it's for something like the water heater but the middle switch is for that. Maybe like mentioned, it's an add-on for tank heaters, or a light somewhere that could easily be left on without notice?
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:09 AM   #5
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My guess is that they are both for the water heater. The center switch for propane and the right switch for electric.
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My guess it that it is the electric for the water heater and the other is the gas for the water heater. That would be easy enough to test.

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Don't know what this switch is for

If not maybe the water pump?
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Yup I concur with lass and brad.
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AS suggested by several folks.......water heater 'electric' on/off switch

You have a Suburban Water Heater which has an OEM On/Off switch for electric element in the outside compartment (lower left corner)

That typically is the ONLY on/off switch ----so you have to go outside to turn electric element ON.
Great idea for 'local lockout while working on electric' BUT PITA for routine electric operation.

SOME RV mfgs started adding a on/off switch inside rv ....wired in series with OEM switch

And SOME owners did it themselves........which I would bet is that switch.


Should have 120V AC to it and then going to the OEM switch in outside compartment.
BOTH would have to be ON for electric element to function.....provided element is good (and Hi temp t-stat is Reset)
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I'll agree,,, maybe an "indoor" electric water heater.... Our newer one as stated, has both indoor and outdoor switches... IF thats your case, leave the outside switch ON, and control the electric part of the water heater indoors....
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:49 PM   #11
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Our 5er came with an indoor switch wired in series with the water heater electric element switch. If this is what your switch turns out to be you will like it as it makes managing your power easily between convection microwave, AC and water heater. They can't all be on at once if you have 30 amp service.
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I'm pretty sure the Original Owner installed that and it's a Co-pilot ejection switch...... sorry couldn't resist.
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I'm pretty sure the Original Owner installed that and it's a Co-pilot ejection switch...... sorry couldn't resist.
For some reason, this response seams to always creep up with switch questions. Lol
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I'm pretty sure the Original Owner installed that and it's a Co-pilot ejection switch...... sorry couldn't resist.
Its a 5er. Those switches only work in a motorhome.
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