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Old 06-09-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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Today we had our walk through with the dealership RV Tech. When we covered the water heater, I asked where the electric on/off switch was. There wasn't one on the backside like my suburban had. He said there isn't one.

Has anyone heard of this? When I drain the WH, I guess I'll need to turn off the breaker when I am plugged in or running the genset. There has to be a switch somewhere.
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I believe the Encounter comes standard with a propane heated tank; electric is not an option.

In our Bounder, the switches (we have electric & propane) are under the kitchen sink, just inside the cabinet doors. Check there & look for a rocker switch with an icon of a flame next to it. If you had electric as an option, there'd be a rocker switch with the icon of a lightning bolt next to it.

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Same switches and location on my Pace Arrow.
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I'd say that Lori has it right. If you don't have the switch I doubt that you have an electric heating element and you only heat water with propane. That is very common and the electric heater is usually an option, as is the engine aid heating feature.
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I checked the fleetwood website and it is only propane. I don't know if it matters. I liked using both at once when showers are being taken as it made the hot water last longer.
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Since the Encounter is FW's replacement for the Flair, which was their entry level gas class A coach, eliminating the electric option was a way to keep the cost down.

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I am still learning Fleetwoods. I thought the Encounter replaced the Storm?
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There are 2011's on the web (but not in FW's website) for sale with the Storm name. So I'm thinking the short-lived Encounter (2010 year) got replaced by the Storm (2011 year). We'll have to wait for FW to update their website for confirmation.

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Yeah, it appears the Storm name was around for several model years but not the last few years. For 2011 FW changed the Encounter name to Storm. Why would they do that? The 2011 Storm 32BH is identical to the 2010 Encounter 32BH.
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Because changing names of things is what marketing people do? To them, a new name is a new product. They gave it a new name (Encounter) when they brought that variation out, then renamed it to fold it into the main product line. Go figure...
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Well, I guess we have kind of a unique name then, since it was only for 1 year.
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The 2011 Storm 32BH is identical to the 2010 Encounter 32BH.
What's funny is, on one of the dealer's website's selling a 2011 Storm, they have a photo of the floorplan & it clearly reads "Encounter" in the margin. You woulda thunk somebody woulda caught that.

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