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Old 07-18-2015, 02:29 PM   #1
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Hot water heater(option)

Ok, I can't seem to figure out some things on the hot water heater.

The orientation video clearly states that there is a hot water heater switch and I don't seem to have one of those, I have the water pump switch but that's it. I'm also not sure if mine is a gas only or if it's a dual electric and gas.

The only buttons are the reset buttons located on the outside of the camper, and of course the breaker that states it's for the hot water heater.

What am I missing?
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Old 07-18-2015, 02:48 PM   #2
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I must be slipping gears, I found the hot water switch! But still not sure if it's both electric and propane, how does one tell? My invoice says duel but don't see any on off switch that the instruction manual indicates.
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What ever you do, do not turn on unless there is water in it, completely. Hook up water and release the overflow button on the unit to allow air to escape, once water spits out your should be full. Then go in and turn on propane and turn on the water heater switch, the red light will come on and once ignited, the light will go off. There are pages on how to install a led light that reminds you it is on. Once you have hot water at the faucet you can turn on the electric and turn off the gas.
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While you are rooting around in there, see your ETI manual and make sure that the bypass valves for the water heater are in the correct position so that the water heater tank is full. You do not want to turn it on without water in it.

My water heater is propane only and this is the switch. When you turn it on, the red lamp lights up until the heater is lit, and then it goes out. Jim Bennett did a mod that adds a lamp to tell you when it is switched on. If your heater is dual, I can't help further.
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Thanks!
I happened to look in the wardrobe closet and found specs for all the appliances, it states that it is both propane and electric. I'm running the propane now and it's working perfectly, now I just need to figure out how to operate it with 120v power.
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I believe there is a switch outside behind the exterior water heater door, look there. Just remember to turn it off before the next use.
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... still not sure if it's both electric and propane, how does one tell? My invoice says duel but don't see any on off switch that the instruction manual indicates.
If the second character in the model number of your water heater is a "C", that means it's a combination gas/electric heater. If the second character is a 6, it's Propane only. You can find the model number on the spec sticker.
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The model number is SW6DE.

But it states that it's duel fuel gas and electric. Also states the same thing on the invoice.
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I happened to look in the wardrobe closet and found specs for all the appliances, it states that it is both propane and electric. I'm running the propane now and it's working perfectly, now I just need to figure out how to operate it with 120v power.
Hi: Slickheadhunter... SW6DE... Direct spark ignition and Electric element. The exterior electric switch is hard to locate... outside... but very near the resets at the heater itself. It is okay to leave it on as long as the tank is full of water, cause when you unplug the trailer it's off till you plug in again. Alf
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The model number is SW6DE.

But it states that it's duel fuel gas and electric. Also states the same thing on the invoice.
My bad. Forgot it was a Suburban and not an Atwood. Yes, that's a two-way. Gas and Electric with a direct spark ignition. The "E" on the end of the model number means Electric.

Here's a picture (not mine) showing the switch location, but I guess you've already found it.
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