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Anyone use their water heater in electric mode? Do you just turn on the switch on top of the water heater under the dinette and use the circuit breaker to kick it on and off? I have always used it in gas mode, even when hooked to electric.
 

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We have always used our hot water heater on electric mode. NOTE: just be sure to turn off breaker when you break camp. If the tank drains down and you plug it in at a new camp site before the tank gets filled you will burn out the element. We have used the gas 2 times.
 

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Mine did not work on electric the first couple weeks we had it. I later found out there is a switch on the heater itself that was OFF. Had to access it under the dinette seat. Now it works fine from the breaker.

I found this out while modifying the excess space givent he heater.
 

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In the evening when we are all getting showers, I put it on both gas and electric, it makes for a faster recovery. Three ladies require lots of hot water and I'm always last.
 

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I just noticed the switch on the heater itself is taped in the off position. I guess they didn't want people to burn up the element or something.

Am I the only one who thinks they could have made it a little easier to get the drain plug out? Tough spot!
 

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I put a plot switch in. There was a good spot to the left of the stove about waist high in my Outback 23. Now when I pull in I just flip the switch and the electric side of the heater is on. When the heater is on the red light, which is part of the switch, is on letting me know the heater is on. When I leave I just flip the switch off.
 

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NDJollyMon, you are not kidding about the drain plug. It took me forever to get it out when I winterized.

I have a switch under my monitor panel that allows me to switch from gas to electric. Must have been added on the 2004's.
 

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I wish they had thought of that in 2003! I guess if I had any electrical expertise...I could add one!
 

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We just returned from our coastal camping trip. We delayed it a day due to very high winds on New Year's day, 45 mph+ in the Sacramento valley and the north bay of San Francisco! January 2nd was much calmer. Anyway, the night before we were scheduled to leave I was checking out the various functions and realized I could not get the gas to work for the water heater. We have a switch under the monitor panel for either gas or electric or both. Tried the electric and it worked fine. Tried the gas, but even though after the red light came on next to the switch, nothing. I called the dealer on New Years eve (yes, there was someone there until 5pm!) and they said that was really all there is to it. We camped at a full hook up site so I was not too worried that we were using electric. I have not looked at it again since we returned. It will probably work now!


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Due to one thing or another, I still have not made time to figure this out. Currently I have an appointment with the dealer for the 27th of March to have them check out why the gas side for the water heater is not working (possible faulty igniter switch?). When I was at the parts counter a few days back, one of the guys suggested taking compressed air and blowing out the area where the gas ignites for the water heater as sometimes a spider can build a web and block off the gas flow or something else can block it. I hope to try that this weekend and see what happens.

We are scheduled to head over to the Montery Bay area on April 4th for a 3 nighter! This will be the second trip out and this campground does not have an electric hook up. So I want the gas water heater working!

See ya!

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Hey everyone...here is a picture of the 2004 water heater controls. You can use gas, electric, or both (when you need hot water FAST!) Nothing to switch or flip on the water heater.

Herb, how do you like your 26 RS? HatCity is another 26 RS owner.

Randy

 

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At least in theory I am a 26RS owner. The original deal we had fell through, as the dealer was not interested in lowering his price to something more agreeable. I have since found another dealer, and we have reached a fair price. He just doesn't have one on the lot yet. Keeps telling me "any day now". Oh well, with 4" of fresh snow on the ground, and another 3-5 expected tonight into tomorrow, I'm in no rush to go camping.


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Castle Rock Outbackers said:
Hey everyone...here is a picture of the 2004 water heater controls. You can use gas, electric, or both (when you need hot water FAST!) Nothing to switch or flip on the water heater.
I have a 2003 28rss, and it is equipped with the controls you've pictured.

Phil
 

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I guess I got ripped off!!!!

Any other 2003 25 RS S owners have the water heater switch? (dual control)
 

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Hi Randy! We love our 26RS! Just the right size for the 4 of us. I used the compressed air last night and blew out the "box" area where the gas ignites and heats the water heater and lo' and behold, it works! It's a beautiful thing!
Our 2004 26RS has the switches just like Randy's picture.
 

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I too have the water heater and pump controls pictured on my 2004 RSS. I just took delivery and brought the unit home to de-winterize it. Unfortunately neither the pump nor hot-water heater switches appear to be hooked up. Oh well, looks like the first trip for this beginning camper will be back to the dealer.

Happy Trails
 
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