Originally Posted by almcate
We have a 2010 27FB international and I wasn't aware that electric was an option for hot water... maybe I missed something in the manual or maybe that's a mod or optional upgrade not available on this model? Curious about the propane savings that electric operation might provide as an upgrade as we are full-timing and the payback period might justify the cost for us.
I cant speak to your set-up for hot water, but I can tell you that if your full-timing and DON'T have both gas & electric, you'll want to put it on your "want list"
I'm not really sure how much cheaper it would be to use electric over propane ( I'm sure someone here will give you a lengthy math formula to figure that out, if your really concerned about the minimal savings either might have)
As far as I'm concerned, the real benefit is the additional time in a HOT shower. Running both gas & electric while showering easily doubles the time you can spend in the shower(the recovery rate is amazing)
Plus, it gives you options when balancing the amp draw in the trailer comes into play. If by chance maybe you are making coffee and toasting bagels AND running a 1200 watt heater to take out the morning chill.....You can switch off the element in the water heater to keep the system from blowing the breaker from too much draw.
It should go without saying, you cannot use the electric option while running off battery power, but when your at full hook-up it's worth it's minimal cost to retrofit (if you by chance don't have it)
Out bath has a switch like this to turn element on/off.