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Old 08-30-2016, 11:04 PM   #1
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Electric Hot Water Heater Switch

While waiting on my new trailer to hatch, I keep thinking of stuff I could improve on my future trailer. One of the ideas is to put a switch inside the trailer to turn on/off the electric to the hot water heater. I know you've been there - you have to go out to the hot water heater, open the panel door, fumble around until you find the on/off switch hiding behind all that stuff, remember if it's switched up or down for on, and then close everything back up. Oh, and don't forget to turn it back off before disconnecting the water or you will be buying a new heater element.

So.... I was browsing around on Ebay and found this. It looks like a direct replacement for the panel that comes with the Escape but with an extra switch for the electric water heater. What do you think?
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:13 PM   #2
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Not just an added electric water heater switch, but the propane one as well. That'd mean deleting the water heater switch that comes with the trailer. Have you asked Escape if they'll use this instead of their battery/tank monitor/pump switch and their propane water heater switch? Might be a bit of a pain to do it afterwards. The water heater switch and the pump/tank monitor switch are not normally installed in the same location.

I'd just add a simple switch for the electric, as others have done.

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I don't even use the electric. Turn the heater on when I need it, then off. Water stays hot for hours.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:20 PM   #4
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The water heater switch and the pump/tank monitor switch are not normally installed in the same location.
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This is the one I'm referring to.
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This is the one I referring to.
Oh! Didn't know that they were using a new switch. That'd work. Simple, direct replacement, with just the additional wiring to the electrical controls on the water heater. I like it.

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Old 08-30-2016, 11:27 PM   #6
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The replacement panel makes sense to me... as long as the level gauge display is compatible with the Escape's wiring. One tidy panel would certainly be better than the scattered-switch approach, although both can certainly work. I think it's worth having a closer look at the trailer's wiring.
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I would still wonder if there is an electrical or code problem with putting a switch inside for the electric on the water heater. Escape refuses to do that. They put a propane switch but not electric. Wonder the reason, if anyone doing a build sheet can find out from someone who actually knows.
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I would still wonder if there is an electrical or code problem with putting a switch inside for the electric on the water heater. Escape refuses to do that. They put a propane switch but not electric. Wonder the reason, if anyone doing a build sheet can find out from someone who actually knows.
I think the request would have to be phrased to put your switch upstream of the electrical feed to the water heater; in effect you would have two switches in series. Escape wouldn't want to tie into the WH electrical switch as that would void the manufacturers warranty.
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I think the request would have to be phrased to put your switch upstream of the electrical feed to the water heater; in effect you would have two switches in series. Escape wouldn't want to tie into the WH electrical switch as that would void the manufacturers warranty.
And I am supposing that people who do this themselves are doing that and voiding the warranty probably. Escape, however, will not do it. I wonder why they will not just do it in a way that does not void the warranty then.
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And I am supposing that people who do this themselves are doing that and voiding the warranty probably. Escape, however, will not do it. I wonder why they will not just do it in a way that does not void the warranty then.
I think they would route a piece of Romex between the two desired points and leave both ends disconnected. That would leave it up to the owner to install the rest of the setup without code/safety issues for them.
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