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Old 09-10-2016, 08:29 AM   #1
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Water Heater-Add Electric to a propane wtr htr

Has anyone ever converted a propane water heater to propane/electric?

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Old 09-10-2016, 08:38 AM   #2
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I recently installed this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Install was pretty easy - took about 1 hour for initial heat up. I love the way it works and I am glad that it works so well. Best of all no propane when we have full hook up!

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Old 09-10-2016, 08:48 AM   #3
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The previous owner of my last mh added a Hott Rod kit to the Atwood water heater and it worked great. Very low power draw which means it takes a while to heat up but it got the water really hot, and was good enough for us. As it did not affect the gas operation, we could use the gas when power not available, or in combination with the electric to replenish hot water faster.

If you have a Suburban wh then it replaces the anode rod and will void any remaining warranty.
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:53 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by pvarasse View Post
Has anyone ever converted a propane water heater to propane/electric?
There are conversion kits available with which you can add an electric element to RV "propane only" water heaters.

However Suberban, (the maker of the water heater in my coach), recommends that an add on electric element not be used in their water heaters.
(I believe Atwood doesn't recommend them either).

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