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Old 06-04-2012, 04:46 AM   #1
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hot h20 heater question

New member and new to camping.
We just bought a 2012 Dutchmen Sport 265BHS and am wondering if the hot water tank works just off propane or if it also works on AC?
The switch on the control panel, toggled up it says water heater,toggled down it says gas.
The light to the right side says DSI FLT.
With the gas on if I toggle the switch up to water heater the tank lights and heats the water.
With the gas off if I toggle the switch up to water heater, the igniter sparks for a few seconds then quits for a few seconds then trys again and obviously doesn't fire for lack of fuel.
The DSI FLT light also stays on. The manual doesn"t help me much either.
The RV is on shore power and city h2o, any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:02 AM   #2
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Re: hot h20 heater question

Can you get a brand and model off the heater? It sounds like yours might be gas only but the unit in our old trailer had a switch on the back of the heater accessible via a cabinet door from inside the trailer. Maybe yours is similar?

Our new one has two switches on the control panel with all the rest; one for gas and one for electric.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:23 AM   #3
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Re: hot h20 heater question

I have the same Trailer & mine only runs on Propane. Just done our first trip & had to put PTF Tape on one of the pipes into the Heater due to a Leak. No big deal,just got wet feet...
Welcome to the Forum by the way........ on your new Trailer.
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Re: hot h20 heater question

When you get a minute check out the New Members area & let everyone know about yourself & your setup.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:49 PM   #5
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Re: hot h20 heater question

The heater is a Atwood Model#G6A-8E.
I'm pretty sure that it is only gas cause the schematic inside of the door doesn't have any heavy AC wiring shown.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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Re: hot h20 heater question

On our 2010 Kodiak 20 FL the hot water tanks runs on propane( flame less pilot light) or AC.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:29 AM   #7
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Re: hot h20 heater question

Our 2012 Aerolite is a GC6AA-10E and it is LP and AC, the second A in the model # may dictate that it is AC fired as well.

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Old 06-05-2012, 01:04 PM   #8
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Re: hot h20 heater question

It would seem to me, if you just bought the trailer and it has a switch in the cabin for electric hot water heating, there is an implied fact that at the other end of the wiring there should be a electric heating element in the hot water heater. To me it is no difference than having a toilet in the bathroom and the buyer should be able to expect a black holding tank to be installed under the camode. It really shouldn't be something that you have to physically see to make sure it is there. Your dealer should be contacting the manufacturer about replacing your hot water heater with one that is both propane and electrically heated. Some how this falls into a bait and switch situation, if I understand what you are saying correctly.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #9
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Re: hot h20 heater question

rb,

If your Atwood water heater has the optional 110 Volt electric heating element, it would be located on the rear of the tank. You should have a door or panel to gain access to operate the ON/OFF switch. See lower/center diagram.




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Number Description Part Number
Not Shown 130' Front thermostat (not shown) 85-91470
Not Shown Adjustable Thermostat (retrofits Front-mounted theromostats) (NOT SHOWN) 85-93105
Not Shown Gas Line Grommett (not shown) 85-92610
1 Flue Box and Gasket 85-90960
2 Grille, New Style in Door 85-92640
2 Extended Grille 85-90002
3 Access Door ( 6 Gal.) Colonial Wihte 85-91514
4A Potted Circuit Board (Spade Electrode Connection) 85-93865
5A Electrode (Local Sense) 85-93868
6 Wiring Harness 85-93189
7 45 Degree Elbow 3/8" 85-91044
8 White Rodger Valve (6 & 10 Gal.) 85-93870
8A Gas Valve Bracket 85-93243
9 Orifice Holder 85-91563
10 Main Burner Orifice 6 Gallon 85-92742
11 Main Burner 6 Gallon 85-91638
12 Door Hardware Kit 85-91858
13 Set of 4 Corner Brackets 85-91928
14 Ring & Gasket Kit for Service Tank 85-96010
15 Styrofoam tank cover - bottom 85-92220
Not Shown Styrofoam tank cover - top 85-92221
15A Drawn Pan (Electronic 6 Gallon) 85-91802
24 110VAC Elmnt/Gskt (screw in) Kit 85-92249
28 Font Mount E.C.O./thermostat 85-91447
29A Drain Plug Kit 1/2" 85-91857
30 Pressure Temperature Relief Valve 1/2" 85-91604
30 Pressure Temperature Relief Valve 3/4" 85-90028
31 Switch 12 VDC-White 85-91859
31 Switch 12 VDC-Black 85-91959
33 Thermal Cut-Off 85-93866
Not Shown Fuse, Mini 2AMP 85-90145
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:08 AM   #10
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Just take precautions with the hot water heater.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:11 AM   #11
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Re: hot h20 heater question

Thanks to all who replied.
The h20 heater is just a LP fired model, but its not a big deal.
At least now I know what I am dealing with.
Now I hope I have the leak in the slide sealed up.
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