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Old 10-31-2016, 10:38 PM   #71
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We just got our escape 21 delivered to Chicago Area .We will be taking a 2 week easy ride down to Naples Fl. I started up the furnace and it ran great .I also started the hot water heater on propane first then shut it down and pressed the elec button and tried to start it again in elec but propane came on instead. How does one start the water heater on elec only ? I don't want to shut the propane off for fridge and reg heater ? Jim
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Old 10-31-2016, 10:45 PM   #72
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We just got our escape 21 delivered to Chicago Area .We will be taking a 2 week easy ride down to Naples Fl. I started up the furnace and it ran great .I also started the hot water heater on propane first then shut it down and pressed the elec button and tried to start it again in elec but propane came on instead. How does one start the water heater on elec only ? I don't want to shut the propane off for fridge and reg heater ? Jim
Jim, we don't have the two way, but I believe they all work this way: the interior switch is always for the propane igniter. To run the water heater on electric only, simply turn on the electric switch outside (in the access panel) and don't light the igniter. I would bleed the relief valve while I was at it, to make sure the water heater is full before turning on the electric switch.
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Old 11-01-2016, 12:40 AM   #73
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That's right - the control of the propane burner and of the electric heater are completely separate. To use the water heater with electric heat only, don't turn on the switch for propane heat. It does seem strange to operate an appliance with no visible control inside the trailer, but that's the basic configuration of both common brands of RV water heater.
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If you're a tinkerer, some have modified that outside switch so it can be turned on from inside of the trailer.
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Jim, One other thing.

When your outside/panel switch is left "on" (water in tank, of course), the electric heater automatically defaults when you plug in to 30 amp service. We use the propane option only when unhooked from shore power.
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Old 11-01-2016, 10:31 AM   #76
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and...will blow out real quick if left on and there is no water in the tank, as in dewinterizing in the springtime.
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To run the water heater on electric only, simply turn on the electric switch outside (in the access panel) and don't light the igniter. I would bleed the relief valve while I was at it, to make sure the water heater is full before turning on the electric switch.
Assuming that Escape is still using the Suburban SW6DE 2 way water heater here is a picture of the outside switch location. Not obvious at first and may have a cotter pin through a small hole so that it is not turned on accidentally. I suspect that most people don't use this feature, but both sources can be used simultaneously for faster recovery rate. Gas provides 10.2 gals/hr, electric 6 gals/hr...combined 16.2 gals/hr recovery.
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