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Old 10-26-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Question Water heater from propane to electric

I have a 2005 Forest River. I want to run the water heater on electric only. Where or how do I do this?
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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On our 5er there is a wall switch in the closet by the tank gauges to turn on the electric to the waterheater but there is also another very small butterfly switch inside the vent door (where you drain the waterheater) on the circut board that must be switched on. I think it is like a safty switch to cut the power to the element when you drain the water tank. The heating element will burn up very quickly if it is left on when there is no water in the tank. I always have the outside switch off when there is no water in the heater so my DW can't turn it on by mistake.
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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Can't answer to your specific rig, but most units have a rocker switch to turn the hot water heater's gas on and off. Turn it off. Then, go looking for a rocker switch for the electric element. Sometimes that switch is on the hot water heater (look for electric wires) or sometimes on the outside of the rig behind the water heater panel. Then, gas switch off and electric switch on and you should be in business (make sure water heater's circuit breaker is on).
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I guess maybe the first question: Are you sure you have an electric element? Not all units have the electric option. Our 2007 Conquest it was a $200 option. If you do have an electric element, as others said there is generally a switch somewhere inside, plus that little rocker switch inside the access panel. Again, the Conquest had a rocker switch for the propane, but the only way to turn the electric off from inside was to turn off the circuit breaker.
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On our 2002 Cedar Creek (made by Forest River) the electric switch for the water heater is outside behind the vented door, and the gas switch is inside on the wall beside the tank level indicator. We keep the electric on all the time after setup, and turn the gas on for a short time when taking showers.
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electric water heater

My Cedar Creek has the gas switch inside with all the other switches and all. Just leave that one off and go outside to the water heater and pull off the panel and flip the switch to on. Now you are in business for electric only. I never need to use gas for showers as we plan 20 mins or so in betweeen showers. Works great Wayne -43
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