Thursday, April 28, 2011
Posted by RV Doctor
We just purchased a Mallard travel trailer and we realized its water is heated by propane and the unit looks shot, is there anyway to convert this to a water heater powered with electric? and about how much would that cost if we were to do something like that? Debby M. (Loudonville, OH)
Debby, indeed, replacement water heaters are available that come equipped with a 120-volt AC electric heating element. Both Atwood and Suburban offer a replacement model that will probably fit into the same space as your current heater. There’s really no way to “convert” an existing unit to accommodate an electric function. Even though aftermarket products are available, such as an add-on electric element, they are not recommended. The current models produced by both companies will typically include electric AND propane energy sources, however. You can probably find one at your local RV service center or accessory store or online quite easily. I'd go that route since you'd be getting a fresh warranty and with proper maintenance, it will last a very long time.