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Old 09-03-2016, 08:14 PM   #1
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I have a 5th wheel gulf stream camper. It has a switch located by the microwave that lights up when switched on. Looks like a regular light switch. Don't know what it controls. It is not the water heater switch and makes no noise when turning it on. Does anyone know what it might control?
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My previous Sunnybrook trailer has a switch like that that turned on the electric water heater element. It also had a separate switch on the tank display panel that turned on the propane water heater.
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Welcome to the forum,


Our 30A. Travel Supreme had a switch in the kitchen that was redundant. In the up position allowed the microwave, middle position off, lower position allowed the Elec. water heater. Neither of which would operate in conjunction with the 15K btu A/C while on shore powers.


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Only thing is, there isn't a 3 way toggle, just on and off. Guess one could be the propane and one electric.
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So you're saying it has two different types of water heaters?
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We had a switch like that on our SunnyBrook and it turned on the tank heaters.
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So you're saying it has two different types of water heaters?
Yes. Propane and electric water heaters.
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Not knowing for sure what your coach has. Generally speaking camper water heaters are dual fuel. LPG and an electric heating element. The later can consume 1000-1500 watts which isn't always compatible with several other electric devices using shore power. As a convenience there could be a redundant switch near say the kitchen to allow the use of another high current device (microwave, etc.).


JPHarley is possibly referring to holding tank heaters used in subfreezing weather? Although I'd anticipate that control switch to be more obscure but who knows.


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Our holding tank heater switch was not marked and when we traded it, the new owners called us asking what the switch was for. I think newer RVs have tanks "heated" by the furnace but our Citation (not SunnyBrook) had some sort of heating pads attached to the tanks to use in cold weather.
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