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Old 07-09-2016, 12:45 PM   #1
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Just found out - Electric Water heater?

Hey guys. My previous questions was about my DSI only Atwood and recycling
hot water. That problem was analyzed and resolution is on the way. Now I found out in reading the model/part number on this Atwood that is capable on electric too but the panel switch in trailer showing electric is blocked with a cover so I am guessing that this Atwood will accept electric if proper wiring is done. Do I have that right? Advise please

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Old 07-09-2016, 01:03 PM   #2
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I would look online for an owners manual for your model. You should be able to find where the switch is.

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Old 07-09-2016, 02:22 PM   #3
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Howdy. I did check the compartment where the Atwood is located and did not see a switch and it looks like the panel switch inside the trailer for electric water heater service is blocked. I guess the question is if this Atwood will accept an electric and propane system is it a wiring issue. This is a 2016 trailer which I suspect came from the factory set up only for DSI propane,
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:24 AM   #4
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You would have to have a switch somewhere for the 110 volt heating side to operate. Depending on the location of your converter to the water heater, will define the difficulty on running 110 to it.

I can't imagine a new trailer with a water heater capable of 110 volt not being wired for it. I guess it could have been a option.

Is there wiring behind the switch block off? Maybe just adding a switch here would work.

Is there 110 volt wiring going to the water heater?

Should be a circuit breaker for the water heater at the converter if it is wired for 110 volt.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:57 AM   #5
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What is your atwood model number that you can locate on the unit?
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:05 AM   #6
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What you are seeing could also be the setup for an upgrade you do not have. Start by checking the tank and see if there is a heating element installed. It would have 120 VAC type wiring going to a heating element inserted into the tank.
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:24 PM   #7
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Your water heater is probably gas only. But if it's an Atwood you can add a hot rod setup. Not hard to do. Put one in a customers the other day.
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Old 07-14-2016, 04:55 PM   #9
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Really not familiar with Atwood,but, does it have an electric element in it ? 2 wires connected to 2 screws on a big hex nut looking thing !
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:10 PM   #10
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my hot water heater does have a switch for 110vac... it's located behind the gas line and valve under the cover for the hot water heater... mine has a clip to keep it in the off position until you pull the clip and flip the switch... I had issues finding it for a long time as you can't see it from just looking.. you have to search for it... and since it's inside the outside cover... its gets a lot of moisture in the switch... so I often pull the pin and rock the switch on/off to keep the contacts inside the switch clean..
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:10 AM   #11
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hey guys thanks for the input. So the trailer is in Seattle at. a family members residence and we are in Salt Lake City until mid August when we go back there to bring it home. Will report back in model of Atwood then. Thanks!

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