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Old 01-08-2020, 08:59 PM   #1
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Water heater light

Okay, silly question, but ....

On our old Escape the water heater light would stay on only until the water heater ignited. We're out dry camping and are using our water heater in our 21' for the first time on propane. When I turn the switch on, the light stays lit ... and I know the heater is on because I can see/hear the flames when I go outside. The instruction manual is vague about the light and doesn't even mention the miniscule 'DSI/FLT' light that's in between the water heater and the water pump switches. So my question is ... does the water heater light stay on now the whole time the water heater is active? What is the DSI/FLT light?
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:07 PM   #2
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The Owners Manual talks about the DSI (direct spark ignition) fault light which behaves similar to the reset light in the older trailers. I believe the new panel does have a lighted switch now that should stay on when the water heater is on (propane). Maybe someone with a newer trailer with the switch up on the black KIB panel can confirm.
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:36 PM   #3
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Water Heater Light stays on when in propane mode

Hi Jan,

For our 2019 Escape 21, the light stays on when we are in propane mode for the water heater. It will stay on until you turn it off. We find this to be a nice reminder when we are packing to leave.

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Great!! Thank you both very much!! During orientation, I remembered thinking there was an improvement with the water heater but, now, couldn't be sure if it was the light on the switch or not. (And now the DSI light makes sense.)

Thanks again!!
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Agreed, my 2014 E21 only had the fault light but the newer, since 2016 have the lighted water heater "On" switch as standard in addition to fault light. another Escape improvement.
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Just a reminder to those with older trailers (without the new black KIB panel with integrated hot water heater switch) you can easily add an indicator to show the propane hot water heater is on. Some have added an LED but you can also just replace the on/off switch with one that stays illuminated when on.

Here's a link to the thread showing both methods:
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post210886

The link to the toggle switch I used is dead in the other thread but something like this should work:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Calterm-...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Just a reminder to those with older trailers (without the new black KIB panel with integrated hot water heater switch) you can easily add an indicator to show the propane hot water heater is on. Some have added an LED but you can also just replace the on/off switch with one that stays illuminated when on.

Here's a link to the thread showing both methods:
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tml#post210886

The link to the toggle switch I used is dead in the other thread but something like this should work:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Calterm-...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
Yes as others have done added the little led light , very easy and important to know whether water heater is on or off . We only turn water heater on if needing hot water . Also find depending on the weather find the water stays hot for quite a while after we turn it off . Pat
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yes, one for an hour in am for morning dishes and again after supper for an hour, stays hot in between.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:12 PM   #9
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A different AC solution

Good to hear the newer trailers have the lighted "on" switch standard. Looked back through the threads here and didn't see this solution. Had in my old Casita and E19.
Two ways to connect AC to heater ... a relay down on the heater and run 12V to switch or run AC directly up to switch. If you use the latter make sure you have 120/240 V lighted switch. I did the former as I deemed it safer.
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