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  • SouthParkSteve
    SouthParkSteve Why didn't I think of that? Tips and Tricks:
    August 30, 2020Need help from the experts.....

    My new(er) travel trailer has a propane AND electric water heater. I have never had that before.

    This photo is of the switches on the wall. The one on the left (the black one) lit the propane and fired it up when I ...  more
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    • SouthParkSteve
      NanaAdventures August 30, 2020 I use electric water heater at campgrounds and propane when boondocking.
      Simply turn off gas when electricity is available and included in site cost.
    • SouthParkSteve
      Ted&Sharon August 30, 2020 I don't see a switch for the electric water heater in your picture.  That white one may be a light switch or something like that, but I don't think it will turn on the heating element in your water heater.  The switch for that should be outside,...  more
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      • SouthParkSteve
        SouthParkSteve August 30, 2020 That white switch is labeled "water heater", but it was too small to show up in the photo......
    • SouthParkSteve
      Joe and Lori August 30, 2020 I always ran propane until someone said why burn your propane when you can use their electric? Makes sense. I've read that if you want quick recovery time for the water heater use both. I've never done it, so I couldn't vouch for that practice.
    • SouthParkSteve
      SilverSport August 30, 2020 NanaAdventures is right, our 6 gal water heater takes about 40 minutes to get to temp on electric. To get water hot fast you can use both but why.
    • SouthParkSteve
      John & MK Harpel August 31, 2020 Hi Steve, my rig has both switches on the control panel. Electric heats fast and stays hot. We use electric mostly in the winter. In the summer if too many electric items come on at the same time it exceeds our amp limit and kicks a breaker. You know, the...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Big G & Lou August 31, 2020 Hi Steve, congrats on the New to You Trailer. I never use Propane, unless we would Boondock. Is your tank a 6 gallon or 10 gallon? Laura an I take showers, say 1 hour apart, and always have enough hot water on electric.
      (It’s a 10gal)
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    • SouthParkSteve
      David Leslie Jasper & JoJo August 31, 2020 Our coach has an Aquahot that does many things - heats water using diesel and electricity, preheats the engine before cold starts, and heats the coach's interior using a furnace system.  The Aquahot can have both the diesel burner and electric elemen...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Jim & Sharon Ham August 31, 2020 Our MH has gas/electric water heater and there are two separate switches as shown in the photo for yours.  The propane heats the 6 gallons up much more quickly, but the electric saves that propane cost and makes full use of the FHU fee we are paying ...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      SilverSport August 31, 2020 Since we mostly boondock we take GI showers (in the habit to do it all the time), our 6 gals is more then enough for two showers,  We also have a amp meter on the control panel, so we know when the eletric element is off.
    • SouthParkSteve
      Greg & Toni September 1, 2020 Hi Steve, Sounds like you got a new trailer, congrats. We have propane and electric not water heater in the MH. Only use propane when we don't have elect available. When the generator is running, I turn the electric on, then turn off after its ho...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Robbie & Alice September 1, 2020 Steve, when plugged in, you should use their electricity $$$.  When not plugged in, use your propane.  Most electric/propane refrigerators have a switch built-in where they will automatically switch between propane and electric depending on whet...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Trailerite September 1, 2020 We have an Atwood 6 gal with both gas and elect. We had hard water in Texas years ago and we ended up with constant calcium deposits and burned out lower elements in our home water heater. Gas also heats much faster, so we tend to use gas. We have an e...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      SouthParkSteve September 1, 2020 Update--I used the propane to heat up the tank when I first arrived at the RV park yesterday, then turned it to electric overnight.  This morning, the water was not hot, so I'm not sure if there might be an issue (probably a burnt out anode or someth...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Ted&Sharon September 1, 2020 It's a good idea to check the anode rod occasionally, but that is not what heats the water when you're on electricity.  The anode rod neutralizes the affect of electrolysis in the water heater, so it stops that from eventually eating a hole in a meta...  more
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      • SouthParkSteve
        Joe and Lori September 1, 2020 Atwood wh don't have the rod. So if you have an atwood you'll never find one. Just a heads up tip. Atwood does have a circuit card that controls the gas operation of the wh, and guess what it goes bad. Ours went bad the first trip out in 2019 (rig is an '...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Jim & Sharon Ham September 1, 2020 looks like a Surburban logo on the black water heater switch so there will be an anode rod and an electric heating element.  This assumes that the switch was installed at the factory.  If a previous owner converted the tank to add electric, then...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Jim & Sharon Ham September 1, 2020 On our water heater, the anode rod is the same hex socket size as the wheel lug nut wrench.  Convenient since no extra tools are needed.  Also good because sometimes the rod really cements itself in place and the long breaker bar of the tire lug...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Bandit455 September 2, 2020 You may want to check out the heating element. I am on my 3rd TT/RV with electric water heaters and LOVE not using my propane to heat the water. I rarely use the propane heater in my coach except to test it every so often or if I forget to turn on the ele...  more
    • SouthParkSteve
      Robbie & Alice September 2, 2020 Replace the heating coil, takes about 15 minutes and is available at any hardware store.
    • SouthParkSteve
      jpmgramps September 3, 2020 If this is a suburban water heater there's also a switch fairly hidden lower left on the outside. This also has to be on for electric to work. Be sure your tank is full before turning on as you will fry the element in a second
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