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Posted: 03/05/12 09:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you install one inside I'd be sure you also have a locking pin on it so you don't accidentally turn it on when it should be off. It'll burn up your heater pretty fast. I figure I'm already outside when setting up camp so I turn it on and off at that time.


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Just switch the circuit breaker off that is marked for the water heater!!!


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Note using circuit breakers as "switches" causes them to fail very early IMHO. They are NOT switches.

I just cut the supply wire and added an illuminated switch in series. Worked great. Outside switch just left always on. Done that on two TT's so far. Current TT had switch already wired, thanks Keystone.


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You are too smart for this forum, that would have saved me a lot of work.


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xxjanaleexx wrote:

Just switch the circuit breaker off that is marked for the water heater!!!


I tried doing that on my camper. Even though nothing else was on the breaker label it turned out the power converter was. Wound up with a dead battery too. I bought an Atwood wall switch that has both gas and electric switches in it. Wired in Radio Shack micro LED's in the switch plate so it's easy to see when either is left on. Then I added a relay into the 120v line going to the water heater. Yeah, it was a lot of trouble to do all of that, but it looks nice and works great.

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xxjanaleexx wrote:

Just switch the circuit breaker off that is marked for the water heater!!!


That is what I have always done. The water heater has been on an independent breaker in each of my last three RV's. Just leave the outside switch on all the time. This doesn't affect the operation in the gas mode if I need to go that way.

If it causes the breaker to eventually fail, I'll replace it. They aren't expensive.


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Chuck&Gail wrote:

Note using circuit breakers as "switches" causes them to fail very early IMHO. They are NOT switches.

I just cut the supply wire and added an illuminated switch in series. Worked great. Outside switch just left always on. Done that on two TT's so far. Current TT had switch already wired, thanks Keystone.


Same thing I did.....works just great!!


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