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Old 01-31-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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Tank heater switches...why are there two?

I'm just getting familiar with the new trailer, and noticed 2 switches that both say TANK HEATER. No indication of which is which...do they figure you'll just always use both? ...then why not put just one switch to power both?
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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Usually there are two water heater switches....one is for gas and one is for electric....they should be labeled underneath. Can you post a pic...be interested in your controls as they sound different.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:04 PM   #3
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On our trailer, one for gas and one for electric.
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Same here.
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When you turn on the tank heater propane switch you should see a small amber light that comes on next to this switch. It will go out when the burner lights. If there is a problem with the lighting routine, this light will go off for 15 seconds and then come back on and try again. My tank is the Suburban and this start cycle happens three times before it gives up and you have to go find the problem. Right now I am waiting on a new propane valve that failed on my heater. Fortunately it is an easy fix and still under warranty.
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When you turn on the tank heater propane switch you should see a small amber light that comes on next to this switch. It will go out when the burner lights. If there is a problem with the lighting routine, this light will go off for 15 seconds and then come back on and try again. My tank is the Suburban and this start cycle happens three times before it gives up and you have to go find the problem. Right now I am waiting on a new propane valve that failed on my heater. Fortunately it is an easy fix and still under warranty.
edatlanta, Question? Can you operate both switches to quick heat the water if you desired?
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Yes you can, according to the Suburban Operators Manual. I have done it and it works great if you have multiple showers waiting.
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On our 05 Eagle 5th Wheel we used both the electric and propane water heater switches many times when we had back to back showers.
I think our Eagle only had a 6 Gal Water Heater.

Our new Pinnacle has a 12 Gal Water Heater, so far we have not had a problem with having enough Hot Water, more capicity and it seems to recover fast enough for high usage.
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On our 05 Eagle 5th Wheel we used both the electric and propane water heater switches many times when we had back to back showers.
I think our Eagle only had a 6 Gal Water Heater.

Our new Pinnacle has a 12 Gal Water Heater, so far we have not had a problem with having enough Hot Water, more capicity and it seems to recover fast enough for high usage.
Yes, I also have the same situation but it could be used to quickly heat water for needs when a "normal" wait is not possible. Good to know.
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