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Old 05-28-2014, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Water Heater switch over from gas to elect?

Went camping over Memorial Day Weekend in our 07 FF 189 FBS. How do you switch over from propane to electric for hot water? We bought this unit used and I don't have any owners manuals and I forgot what the guy where we bought it told us during the walk through.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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Elec switch is outside on water tank front. Should be a little switch there. Don't turn on unless water tank is full. Nothing to do inside on elec just leave LP switch off inside.
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Elec switch is outside on water tank front. Should be a little switch there. Don't turn on unless water tank is full. Nothing to do inside on elec just leave LP switch off inside.
When you refer to water tank front, do you mean under the hot water heater cover on the side where the slide out is? I don't see a water tank front.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:30 PM   #4
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Open WH front panel and in most units there is a small rocker switch on the front of the WH itself. If tank isn't full when you turn on electric the heating element will burn out.
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Hi,

When we first got our camper, I also wondered how to switch the water heater from gas to electric. Then I figured out that our camper does not have an electric element in the water heater. A lot of camper water heaters are gas only.

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Old 05-29-2014, 11:41 AM   #6
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Ours has both, but still looking for a flip switch. I wish it had an auto switch like the fridge does.
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Ours has both, but still looking for a flip switch. I wish it had an auto switch like the fridge does.
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Yes, thanks, that is it. Sooooo, do you heat the water up with propane then flip the switch while camping and then flip it off when you are getting ready to leave?
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Unless I'm boondocking I only use electric. It's only 6 gallons if I remember correctly, so it doesn't take very long to heat up.
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After figuring out water heater over the forums it is amazing that you cannot control electric switch from inside the camper. I understand you can run both propane and electric but I prefer to save gas and stay at campgrounds with electric. I am sure I will forget to turn off electric since it is is an extra step. It's the way they did it....just odd
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After figuring out water heater over the forums it is amazing that you cannot control electric switch from inside the camper. I understand you can run both propane and electric but I prefer to save gas and stay at campgrounds with electric. I am sure I will forget to turn off electric since it is is an extra step. It's the way they did it....just odd
I would have be nice to do this from inside the camper instead of going outside to flip a switch, so I agree.
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After figuring out water heater over the forums it is amazing that you cannot control electric switch from inside the camper. I understand you can run both propane and electric but I prefer to save gas and stay at campgrounds with electric. I am sure I will forget to turn off electric since it is is an extra step. It's the way they did it....just odd
I would have be nice to do this from inside the camper instead of going outside to flip a switch, so I agree.
I don't have an electric/gas hot water heater but I can't see it being a hard mod to relocate the switch to inside the camper. I do agree it probably should be done from the factory tho.
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On my 210 UDS I can leave the outside switch on and turn it off at the breaker panel. Check to see if you have a dedicated breaker for your water heater.
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