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Old 09-27-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2011 Landmark Grand Canyon. The problem I have is my water heater is running on the electric side and I would like to run it on the propane side. I have tried turning off the electric switch and listen for the gas side to light but nothing happens. Is the a hidden switch or something I'm missing, to get the gas side of the heater to switch on.
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:02 PM   #2
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I recently purchased a 2011 Landmark Grand Canyon. The problem I have is my water heater is running on the electric side and I would like to run it on the propane side. I have tried turning off the electric switch and listen for the gas side to light but nothing happens. Is the a hidden switch or something I'm missing, to get the gas side of the heater to switch on.
Normally their will be a switch to select the source.
Fastest answer might be from the place / person you bought it?
My RV has 2 switches, one for AC, one for LPG.
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:05 PM   #3
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Some water heaters have a switch on the water heater itself that you have to flip to enable it to run on LP.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:25 PM   #4
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Some water heaters have a switch on the water heater itself that you have to flip to enable it to run on LP.

Only Suburban water heaters have a switch on the outside and it is for the electric side. No water heater that is commonly used in RVs have an outside switch for LP.

With that said, there is usually a 12vdc switch and DSI fault indicator led mounted on the panel with your other switches that controls the LP side.


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Okay then.
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Made a mistake when I first got my '05 Suites in '07--could not get the WH to ignite on propane...if plugged in to shore power and the WH is on electricity, the water will never get cool enough for the gas part to ignite. This may/may not be your problem, but you could try turning off the elec switch to the WH and wait for several hours--then it should ignite. Or, turn off the elec and run water til the hot is gone to cold, then turn it on gas. If it doesn't ignite then, yes, you have a problem.
Hope this is the simple answer.
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Only Suburban water heaters have a switch on the outside and it is for the electric side. No water heater that is commonly used in RVs have an outside switch for LP.

With that said, there is usually a 12vdc switch and DSI fault indicator led mounted on the panel with your other switches that controls the LP side.


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Our Atwood has a switch to enable the gas and another switch to enable propane. Both switches are located on the panel with the tank gauges and generator start.
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Our Atwood has a switch to enable the gas and another switch to enable propane. Both switches are located on the panel with the tank gauges and generator start.

Yes, that is the normal case in most RVs (Motorhome, trailer). However, some RV manufactures have saved a little money by not putting the switch for electric inside as Suburban has started placing a service switch on the water heater itself. Sort of a nuisance going outside to turn on your electric water heater.

The point of my previous post is that at least with the two commonly used water heaters (Atwood and Suburban), neither has put the LP switch on the water heater itself.


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Only Suburban water heaters have a switch on the outside and it is for the electric side. No water heater that is commonly used in RVs have an outside switch for LP.

With that said, there is usually a 12vdc switch and DSI fault indicator led mounted on the panel with your other switches that controls the LP side.


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Our LP gas would not ignite this morning and the DSI fault indicator is lit. What does that mean? Can't find anything in the book. Thank you!
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Our LP gas would not ignite this morning and the DSI fault indicator is lit. What does that mean? Can't find anything in the book. Thank you!
1. Turn off the gas, wait a minute, they retry.
2. I once had the same problem. Took my air compressor fitted with a high pressure nozzle. Blew high pressure air into the flame area. Worked fine after that.
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Only Suburban water heaters have a switch on the outside and it is for the electric side. No water heater that is commonly used in RVs have an outside switch for LP.

With that said, there is usually a 12vdc switch and DSI fault indicator led mounted on the panel with your other switches that controls the LP side.


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think that's not correct, my Atwood heater has a switch right next to the propane switch
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think that's not correct, my Atwood heater has a switch right next to the propane switch

Yes, the newer model Atwood's have two 12vdc switches inside your RV to control the Gas and Electric. Older model had one 12vdc switch for Gas and a 120vac light switch for the electric side.


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I have a 2006 Landmark . My switch 1'x1/2' black plastic is hidden behind the gas supply line. I have never seen an RV water heater without one .Take another good look at it
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