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I have a 2011 Cougar 324RLB. When I hookup to electric I turn on the DSI button to get hot water. I believe this is electric, is that correct? When I left the dealer with the unit last year I thought I had the delivery person leave the heater on electric. I have always heard the tank cycle from the outside light is was lighting up or something. This makes me think that its on propane and not electric. Im a little confused on this!


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When you push the button you should be on electric. There should be a red light that tells you also. Did you get a manual with your coach? If not, your heater is most likely an Atwood. Grab the model number and you can download the manual. ...Dennis

BTW... you can't HEAT HOT water....it's simply a water heater.....D


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Posted: 10/10/11 07:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DSI or Direct Spark ignition uses 12 volts DC to lite the propane fired water heater. There is normally one switch inside the rig, none outside.
An "electric" water heater uses 120 volts AC to heat the water. There is normally a switch inside to turn on plus a safety switch in the outside access.
Best thing to do is get the make and model number of the water heater and post that. The sticker is normally in the outside access.


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The great RV fortune teller forsees a burned out WH element in your future.

It appears that the only switch for your electric portion is outside, in the heater enclosure. If you leave it turned on all the time, sooner or later you war going to plug in your shore power line with no water in the tank and it will be goodby element.


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DSI means direct spark ignition, or, you aren't using a pilot light to light the propane side of the water heater.

Typically, you have an electric switch on the inside, and one inside the heater cover on the outside.

Also a DSi switch for the propane inside. If you push the switch, and hear it clicking, that is the DSi trying to light the propane. It should then light with a "whoosh".

If it is silent, then you are using electric. It doesn't make noise when on electric.


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Posted: 10/10/11 12:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the same 324 in a 2010 model. Mine does not have an inside switch for electric. The only switch inside is propane. I have to turn the water heater on and off, from the outside. Pain sometime!


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Executive wrote:

BTW... you can't HEAT HOT water....it's simply a water heater.....D


What do you mean you can't heat hot water. If water is hot at 125 degrees F. how do you get it to 212 degrees F.?


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Understood now. I think I have it. Thank you for all the advise. As usual, I love this website !

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mstrack121 wrote:

I have the same 324 in a 2010 model. Mine does not have an inside switch for electric. The only switch inside is propane. I have to turn the electric water heater on and off, from the outside. Pain sometime!


Correct ^^, except I added a word to clarify what you meant. This is how Cougar is set up with a Suburban WH.

And Allworth is correct too, that there is the potential to burn out the element. I think electric is a poor way to heat water, so my electric switch outside stays pinned in the off position at all times. If I ever do want to use it, I will have to make the effort to turn it on.


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I always use propane. When I had my Gulfstream with the Atwood with the switches inside, I sometimes used electric to maintain temp to save my propane. My last two cougars with the Suburban WH, I have not even used electric.


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