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Old 09-11-2014, 11:42 PM   #31
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One thing has me curious: why do you want a hot water heater if you don't want a bathroom, is it just to do dishes?
I like to wash my face with hot water.... bathroom or not. Pouring water out of a pan on the washcloth doesn't cut it anymore. Maybe it's my age... besides... I can afford a hot water heater. YMMV
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:55 AM   #32
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Hot water is one of the best things about the trailer. Heating water can get really old really fast.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:56 AM   #33
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We have a 15A and find that there is a lot of storage even without the front storage box. We have the double propane tanks and the two 6 volt batteries but with careful pack and storing some extra water in the back, we have had no trouble with tongue weight. Heading out to Yellowstone in a week .
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:20 AM   #34
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That's a good question, Hillary, perhaps it's force of habit, 3 of my previous RV's had one. Now that you bring it up, though, I really don't need one. Do the dishes? Heat the needed water on the stove. Eliminate the W/H and simplify the winterizing process. I think you just talked me out of the W/H
We have the hot water tank and exterior shower on our 15A.
We find it really nice to have the HW tank. As Donna mentioned it is really nice to be able to turn on the tap to get hot water, or warm water with cold mixed, to wash your face or hands, get instant hot water for doing the dishes, using the outside shower to wash your hair and even take a shower. You get the sink, you may as well have hot water for it.
We are really glad we got the tank.
But you could do without it as we did that for many years tent camping.
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:57 AM   #35
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We have the inside shower and outside shower. It's the outside shower that gets used most. I take the all-weather mat out of the rear foot well in the RAV to stand on. Pic: Not me, my buddy showers at the Skagit River.
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Old 09-12-2014, 09:29 AM   #36
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We really like having the hot water tank. BUT, if we did not have it, we would survive just fine.

With us boondocking most of the time, we often have the water heater off most of the time anyway to make our propane last longer, turning it on in the morning until breakfast is done, then again for an hour or so, just before supper.

We have the outside shower, but have never used it ourselves, as we are usually looking to save water, we usually just sponge bath. I have had a shower a few times when I have gotten quite dirty and worked up a good sweat. Our outside shower, being on the drives side, is usually alongside trees, or something.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:20 PM   #37
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Getting a water heater was our first step on the road to a fiberglass trailer ... I don't think Norma is going back...
We were camped at Harris Beach in the picture below when we toured a 16' Casita also in the loop. Our water heater is on the table.

Pat,
You might rethink the awning too. The one ETI uses is very robust & provides a nice front porch in wet NW weather.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:38 PM   #38
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Getting a water heater was our first step on the road to a fiberglass trailer ... I don't think Norma is going back...
We were camped at Harris Beach in the picture below when we toured a 16' Casita also in the loop. Our water heater is on the table.

Pat,
You might rethink the awning too. The one ETI uses is very robust & provides a nice front porch in wet NW weather.
Paul, I have re-thought the awning and decided to get one. With the truck camper the awning didn't provide any "porch" protection.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:55 PM   #39
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I'm with Paul: hot water [and the bathroom] is a significant difference between trailer camping and tent camping. We bought our Escape so we could enjoy the outdoors more. Staying dry, being warm and sleeping comfortably makes our outdoor time a much more enjoyable experience, IMHO. After a wet, rainy hike, with ice cold fingers,returning to the Escape and immersing our fingers in warm water feels like heaven. And Karen would never go back either.

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Old 09-12-2014, 06:06 PM   #40
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For me a toilet is key and since we have a bathroom we can use to shower, a hot water heater is nice. Personally I wouldn't buy a trailer without either, but people's camping styles are very different. I only asked about the hot water heater because I was curious why someone would want one but not want to be able to use it to shower (aka have a bathroom or outside shower), since dishes can be done with cold water (again, that would not be *my* preference).
I love my 17B and 3 dogs and two humans fit in it just fine!
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